University of Lethbridge drama professor Lisa Doolittle is excited to present a new show in the new year featuring and developed by her students including several mentally disabled students.
“Unlimited,” to be developed in the new year and debuting on stage in March is the natural progression from her Drama 3850: Dance for All Abilities class and inclusive education and social change initiative which included students with learning disabilities. The class ran from September to Dec. 14.
“To my knowledge that is the first time that has happened here,” she said adding the class had 12 time students and six handicapped students who don’t qualify as full time students, but enrolled in the class as open studies or part time students.
She has been working with the Southern Alberta Individualized Planning Association and with the Lethbridge Association for Community Living in research about using arts-based methods to make social change to put together her program. Her upcoming show, to be called “Unlimited,” which will be based around a party including a variety of interesting attendees with unique qualities.
“ We have some really great partners,” she said noting it was a highlight watching everybody working together to make the class work.
“ It’s been a really supportive environment. We’ve created a really great learning environment and everyone is really collaborating more,” she said adding the concept of inclusion fascinates her as handicapped students have more inclusion from Kindergarten to Grade 12, but not at the university level— yet.