plai theatre (Performers Linked by Able Imaginations) brings quality dramatic experiences to people with special needs, promoting the idea that every person is intelligent, has an able imagination and that the imagination creates a unique individual worthy of expressing themselves to others.
plai theatrei's goals are the creation of a safe and welcoming environment for all participants, creation of dramatic performances involving performers with special needs and the formation of new relationships/friendships for the participants within each project, activity and workshop. plai theatre will use the dramatic arts as a healing tool, an outlet of expression, and a safe environment to create new friendships and the opportunity to explore the independence that can be found in playing.
plai theatre's staff includes professional theatre artists as well as certified Creative Arts Therapists with specialties in dance, music, art and drama.
plai theatre has partnered with YAI, NAC, GiGi's Playhouse, Birch Family Services, Edwin Gould and The Child's Place at the Brooklyn Public Library to create unique programming for people with special needs of all ages.
The focus of our drama is not mechanical actions or craft technique but with the thoughts behind the action.
What makes each person unique is the way a person thinks and uses his or her imagination.
Independence can be learnt through play and social interaction is achieved through group play.
Youth involved with art are learning how to make decisions in an exciting, non-presured environment.
To create another world and another person through drama, is to gain self esteem.
Drama helps to stimulate, motivate and create relationships between the artist, participants and the audience.
Participants unable to put themselves into an imaginary situation find puppets liberating.
Controlling one's body can be a metaphor for controlling one's life and for wanting to control one's life.
The common ground on which we all stand is that we all have potential to communicate and an infinite imagination.