Established fine artist and therapist Carmelina Mosher, MA, LPC developed a unique Expressive Drama program that for over 25 years now, has engaged wide and diverse participation throughout the state of Connecticut.
Due to a widespread interest in having this and other expressive arts programs available to those with special needs (Downs Syndrome, Autism Spectrum, etc.), Carmelina formed the Play with Grace Musical Theatre program, which serves this community of extraordinary people, some of whom are nonverbal.
Play with Grace offers two terms:
"Songs of Life" in the Spring
"Taking Flight" in the Fall
This innovative expressive drama and music program provides participants a unique opportunity to discover new interests and talents, and to build on talents, skills and self-confidence.
Our mentor and participant partnerships encourage individuals to learn from and support one another in their personal and collective goals.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission.
Stars will choose archetypes to portray and will perform an original song based on their character and personal message to the world.
Our Stars need your support. As mentors and community volunteers, you can help boost their confidence and courage so they are comfortable enough performing in front of a live audience.
We also offer internships and practicum hours for students from local colleges.
Rehearsals and performance are outdoors in our Play with Grace Garden theatre, cabaret style with catered dinner. In the winter months, we utilized local theaters for our rehearsals and performance.
We currently have an outdoor garden theatre in Hamden, Connecticut
The Art of Positive Transformation
Each Star chooses an Archetype (Character) to portray, and discovers their message to the world
See what audiences are saying about Play with Grace Expressive Arts Programs. From the stunning performances to the beautiful original music, people are raving about this one-of-a-kind experience:
I have observed Ms. Mosher's professional efforts first-hand as my daughter, a 27-year old woman with Down's Syndrome, has greatly benefited from these creative/ therapeutic services. This was a very liberating experience for my daughter, as she was a given a full range of expressive and artistic opportunities under Ms. Mosher's able direction. I am confident that by expanding her innovative programs, more individuals with disabilities will learn how to imagine and create in remarkable new ways -- these new modes transcend their physical and mental limitations.I want to also express as a parent how gratified we were to see that our daughter's creative and artistic growth truly flourished with Carmelina's "above and beyond" personal care and empathy. Our daughter clearly discovered new ways to cope with a challenging world under Carmelina's direction. Along with other parents, we attended wonderful theatrical productions -- with music, movement, dance, and drama -- directed by Carmelina. Only a highly skilled therapist could have evoked such a high degree of response from her disabled actors -- she is in short, a "miracle worker."
Carmelina has worked with our daughter for the past 8 years both individually and in creative art/therapy classes. Over the years my wife and I have noticed tremendous growth in our child Carmelina's efforts. Our daughter has gained a new confidence in herself that she was unable to find elsewhere. She found her voice on stage! She started in expressive drama as a stage hand and today she is Center Stage. She learned leadership skills which have enabled her to be a leader amongst her friends. Programs excel because of individuals like Carmelina Mosher. She helps make parents dreams come true for their cognitively disabled child.
I enthusiastically support "Taking Flight", an expressive drama program under the guidance of the talented Carmelina Mosher and with the collaboration of colleagues Dianne Pacl and Jarrod Law. My friend Jarrod is a 41 year old African American man with non-verbal autism who has made a book with me that includes his drawings and my writing. Jarrod's principal goal in life is to help those with autism see their essential value which is best done by showing them that they can achieve things not previously thought possible. He knows through first-hand experience that art is transformative, and wants to share that with everyone.
Cheever (lawyer, artist)
I am so excited about "Taking Flight" and being a mentor in the program. I know that such programs and workshops enhance the quality of life and self-expression for the participants. Creative endeavors assist people with disabilities to live better lives and have more control over the challenges that affect them in their environments. This is certainly very applicable to autism due to the particular nature of the disorder and the need for effective integration of the senses through creative expression. Creative activities in many forms help people to deal with the issues of their lives, deepen their enjoyment of life, and assist them in relating to others in a cooperative community setting. All of us are very positively affected in a culture that supports the arts for everyone.
Sarah (human services professional)
I have matured considerably by working with Carmelina, especially by using painting and drawing to learn about myself and to cope with problems. I also want to go further with all of this and want to participate in "Play with Grace" drama program. I believe autistic people may be especially creative and I think that many forms of creativity could actually change how autism is approached. I would be thrilled to be a participant in this program.
Jennifer (client, friend)
Listen to some of our songs on SoundCloud
Pink and Purple, c. 2011 Carmelina Mosher & Play with Grace
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