From their official website: Theatre eXceptional, an extension of Blue Butterfly Productions, produces two plays every year raising awareness and eliminating the stigma so often placed on disability & mental illness.
Theatre eXceptional aspires to create innovative theatre and performance art with, for, and about people with disabilities in Tampa with the goal of addressing and eliminating the misconceptions and social stigmas so often placed upon these communities that inhibit their full acceptance into our society.
Just as when our society excludes people with disabilities from playing a visible role in our communities, so when we exclude artists with disabilities from playing a visible role in our industry, we as an art form miss out on an opportunity to collaborate and create with an entire generation of artists with profound talent and potential.
In addition, these very artists are denied not only their right to express themselves through the performing arts, but also a venue in which to practice and perfect their craft.
Through this collaboration, we hope to not only enrich the work we produce but also the experience of all who participate.
In addition to an annual fall play with a combined cast, we will also produce one large-scale musical each summer with a cast entirely of performers with disabilities.
With these two yearly productions, our staff of teaching artists has been hired by our city’s Parks and Recreation Department to teach introductory theatre classes and devised theatre workshops for adult artists with disabilities.
In the near future, we hope to develop a relationship with the public school system that will allow our teachers to go directly into the classroom to work with the kids and teenagers of our community on eliminating the social stigmas of disability.
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