She also has extensive experience as a teaching artist in special education classrooms in Seattle and personal experience with the disability community as a sibling of an adult brother with cerebral palsy. Through her work and training, she has sought out (and continues to seek out) partnerships with teachers and artists with disabilities.
FIRST, TELL US A BIT ABOUT SENSORY DRAMA. WHO IS IT FOR AND WHY IS IT UNIQUE?
These Sensory Drama summer classes are specifically for students with disabilities. We feel that holding space for these students is always important, but particularly important right now, as they have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 initiated shift to online learning. We want to show these students and these families how much they are valued by offering these experiences, tailor-made for them.
WHAT KINDS OF ACCOMMODATIONS ARE MADE FOR DIFFERENT STUDENTS?
WHAT IS THE GOAL OF A GUARDIAN AND ME EXPERIENCE? WHAT DOES THAT PARTICIPATION LOOK LIKE FOR BOTH GUARDIAN AND STUDENT?
HOW HAS YOUR EXPERIENCE BEEN WHILE TEACHING THESE CLASSES IN A VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT?
MEET SENSORY DRAMA CONSULTANT, TALLERI MACRAE
Talleri Macrae (she/her) is a disabled theatre artist based in Louisville, KY. Talleri is a teaching artist for Playwright Discovery Program, an arts-based residency that serves young writers with disabilities. She also works alongside theatres, service providers, and autistic self-advocates to offer sensory-friendly and relaxed performances. Some organizations Talleri has served are: Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Indiana Repertory Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse. Talleri is the Director of Professional Development and Training for National Disability Theatre (established 2018). She holds a B.S. from Northwestern University, and an M.F.A. from The University of Texas at Austin.