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Originally began in East Lansing, Michigan as Unique Minds in 2005, PLAI Theatre has reemerged in New York City in the summer of 2012. Created by Helena Gleissner Judd, Unique Minds included three major projects involved young adults with special needs.

The first Production was A Fish, A Prince and a Couple of Witches. A touring show, the traditional cast performed this interactive and audience incorporated show to special needs audiences in the Lansing Area.

Joe Egg involved a mixed cast of traditional and non traditional actors. Performing at Michigan State University's Auditorium Arena Theater.

The Final production was Our Story. Created by a cast of non traditional actors between the ages of 16 - 24 with varied disabilities, the production was a multi media experience that included performance art, dancing, improved scenes and puppetry.

Now, in New York City, plai theatre has been working beside Community Partners to work with new Performers with Able Imaginations.

Production History


  • The Royal Players partnership with YAI
  • The Show Stoppers partnership with Edwin Gould
  • Summer Children's shows partnership with Gigi's Playhouse
  • Brooklyn Teen Theatre Ensemble partnership with Brooklyn Public Library


  • The Royal Players partnership with YAI: Through the Storm Performance (October 2014)
  • The Teen Theatre Ensemble partnership with Gigi's Playhouse
  • Teen Ensemble and Summer Workshop Collaborations with the Brooklyn Public Library and The Child's Place for Children with Special Needs
  • The Show Stoppers Adult Ensemble partnered with Edwin Gould
  • Summer Story Telling for children at GiGi's Playhouse


  • plai theatre relocates to Cambridge, UK

The Royal Players is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

The Teen Theatre Ensemble in partnership with Gigi's Playhouse is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

plai theatre, Inc. is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of plai theatre, Inc. must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.