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A special educator by trade and an avid thespian, Cindy Schneider, experimented with offering theater workshops for youth on the autism spectrum and found them to be natural actors.
The response to initial theater workshops in the year 2000 was so positive that over the next several years she began to build a theater program specifically for children on the autism spectrum. She operated out of YMCAs, county recreation programs, or wherever she could find a space.
In the summer of 2006, Cindy incorporated Acting Antics, Inc. and then applied for non-profit status, which was granted. In January 2007, Cindy rented a renovated barn and began to offer an entire array of levels and classes for different age groups that began later that same month. In 2011 Acting Antics, Inc., relocated to Malvern, PA, and ran a full complement of programs in the spring, summer, and fall, and a full array of camps during the summer through the end of 2016.
We are currently searching for a new permanent location but have partnered with EBS Children's Therapy in West Chester, PA, and Sweet Pose in Paoli, PA, for our Social Nights and seasonal class sessions.
In addition to this programming, during the past summers many local school districts have used our services and/or offered our program as part of Extended School Year programs. Local and regional excitement about the program continues to grow. Some schools have also brought ACTING ANTICS into their school programs during the year to teach social skills through drama, and to train the special educators in the building. Our instructional staff consists of certified teaching and/or occupational therapy professionals and assistants who have been specifically trained in our techniques.
ACTING ANTICS is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to providing socialization opportunities through theatre and music to those with a diagnosis on the Autism Spectrum and other social cognition needs.