A Spotlight on the Exceptional Theater Company

By: Rachel Goldstein   

Lights! Camera! Action! The spotlight is on the Exceptional Theater Company , (ETC) a unique 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, designed to teach theatre to individuals of all ages with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. The Exceptional Theater Company continues to grow throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties, with over 20 drama classes and a summer program in Asheville, North Carolina. Most of the classes meet once a week during the academic school year and are designed to teach theatrical skills with fun exercises that promote verbal skills, movement, self-confidence and socialization while encouraging free thinking and creativity. The actors and volunteers work hard all year to develop the themes, scripts, costumes and props for their performances. ETC presents an unforgettable annual benefit show that includes a live performance by the actors, a family style catered dinner, raffles and silent and live auctions.

I have had the privilege of volunteering as a “shadow” for ETC and have experienced the amazing opportunities for independence and
personal growth it provides for everyone involved. Not only has my involvement with ETC had an effect on me but it continues to
enhance my brother, Josh’s self-confidence, communication skills and independence. ETC provides him with the opportunity to be
involved in the arts and a safe place where he can be himself and express ideas and feelings.
I highly encourage everyone to get involved with ETC, whether it’s as an actor, a volunteer, or an audience member at the next performance. For more information on this remarkable organization and upcoming events, visit http://www.etcsouthflorida.org/

Actors, Lauren Barney and Joshua Goldstein, in action during ETC's performance of AladdinETC actors in the spotlight performing their rendition of Cinderella at the Annual Benefit Show