The North Shore’s own Special Gifts Theatre (SGT) a nonprofit organization that provides an educational and therapeutic drama experience, has been honored as the recipient of the Illinois Theatre Association’s 2019 Award of Excellence in Creative Drama.
“SGT was nominated by the Illinois theater community, approved and accepted by the ITA Board of Directors to recognize their significant contributions of promoting quality theatre throughout the state of Illinois,” said Aimee-Lynn Newlan, Executive Director of the ITA. The award presentation took place as part of the Illinois Theatre Association’s Annual Red Carpet Gala in Oak Brook.
Students with special needs throughout the North Shore participate in SGT, which kicks off its 20th season this fall in partnership with District 36 and Skokie School in Winnetka.
SGT works to enrich the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities ranging in age from 7 to 30+ through its unique creative drama experience and out-of-school programming. The stage is used as a platform for students to further develop social skills, improve speech and language development, and increase self-confidence. Student performers work closely with Peer Mentors—other local youth that are matched one-on-one with students with special needs to build friendships and provide support both onstage and in the classroom.
The 2019-2020 season includes a Musical Theater Program that will perform Mary Poppins, a Creating Outside the Lines adult program that will perform The Music Man, and a Creativity in Motion therapeutic movement class.
For more information about upcoming programs and events, call 847-564-7704 or visit specialgiftstheatre.org.