Shakespeare and Autism

THEATRE 5922S: Shakespeare and Autism

An ensemble-based interdisciplinary service-learning course where students are trained in the Hunter Heartbeat Method intervention and then conduct interactive workshops with children on the autism spectrum.
Prereq: Permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 cr hrs.
Credit Hours

Shakespeare & Autism is a service-learning course directly connected to the Ohio State Shakespeare and Autism Project, a pioneering collaboration of theatre and science that has gained international recognition from London to Los Angeles.

In this class, students will learn the Hunter Heartbeat Method, created by acclaimed British actress Kelly Hunter, and immediately begin facilitating workshops with children on the autism spectrum. The majority of the students who have taken this course have pointed to Shakespeare and Autism as the pivotal Ohio State experience for their creative, personal and professional aspirations.

"Plainly put, this experience has shaped me more than any course in my educational history. I have learned more from it that will apply directly to my life than any other class … I am a different person because of this class. I am a better person because of this class. I am more confident, more supportive, more cognizant, and more diverse … This class changed my life."--Gabe Simms (BA '19)

"Shakespeare and Autism is my favorite course I have taken in college.  It is more than just a class … It is a hands-on learning experience, and I know I have helped make a difference in many children because of the course … Seeing one of the boys I worked with go from hiding in my lap when someone said, 'Hello,' to actively participating and laughing in front of the group was an amazing experience … Between the fun of the acting games, the spontaneity of the kids, and the joys of seeing the kids’ successes, this class is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences I have been a part of in my life."--Mackenzie Peterson (BA '19)

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