HEART PROGRAM

HEART PROGRAM

Helping Encourage Awareness and Recognition in Theatre

At the center of every student is a space where our dreams, hopes, and wishes reside: the heart. First Act Theatre Arts treasures diversity and has always been about giving ALL students the opportunity to fill that space with something meaningful while sharing it with others. HEART has been a part of our organization since 2006 and has served over 150 families.

All Students Shine Through Inclusion

HEART is a full inclusion program that provides individuals with developmental disabilities the opportunity to participate in classes, shows, and camps. Studies show that Inclusion is beneficial for all students:

  • Inclusion creates high expectations for all students. 
  • Inclusion teaches us to recognize and respect our differences.
  • Inclusion creates leadership opportunities. 
  • Inclusion provides a learning experience for students.

Get Involved

If you have a child with a developmental disability, we invite you to join the First Act HEART program and experience the benefit of our full inclusion program. For more information, please contact Josie Strickler, HEART Coordinator, at heartcoordinator@firstactkc.org. Scholarships are available for First Time students registered through the HEART program.

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HEART Production Package

First Act Theatre Arts is pleased to offer an exclusive rate for students currently enrolled in the HEART program. We believe that being part of a production is an integral part of building lifelong skills and want to encourage participation consistently through the year.  Beginning with our spring enrollment, a student enrolled in the HEART program will be able to choose the “HEART Production Package” option at a rate of $275.  This will enable a student in the HEART program to participate in a production without signing up for a class. Classes remain as a full inclusion option for all students and are encouraged as a means of continued growth in the performing arts.

 

The HEART Production Package will be presented as an option for each session.  Registration will include:  Winter HEART Production Package  $275; Spring HEART Production Package  $275.  Selection of one or both of these packages will let us know that your student is planning on auditioning for one of the respective shows but will not be taking a class.  When auditions are completed and your student is cast, you will NOT be charged the extra production fee of $198.   If your student is not cast, your fee will be refunded.

 

New families to the HEART program will need to contact heartcoordinator@firstactkc to determine eligibility for this option.  Scholarships for classes or camps are available for first time families.