Youth Drama For All wins grant, boosts accessibility

Courtesy of Youth Drama for All
Youth Drama For All founders Sue Voiss and Stacy Rademacher, from left, accept a grant on behalf of the inclusive theater group from Brad Elman, center, of Million Dollar Round Table. Also pictured are Spencer Elman and Julia Elman.

Youth Drama For All plans to use new technology to help young special-needs performers express themselves, leveraging a $3,000 grant from the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation to expand the organization’s resources.

While new teleprompters may aid actors who can’t memorize lines, iPads will enable performers to work with the latest version of scripts, which are updated frequently to respond to individual actors’ passions and abilities.

“We’re so excited to use a teleprompter onstage – a great improvement over paper copies being held by actors in front of the live audience,” Youth Drama For All Executive Director Sue Voiss said in a statement.

The Mountain View-based Youth Drama For All stages productions starring both special-needs and general-education students and young adults. Scripts and staging are shaped to provide opportunities for all performers to shine, including those who are nonverbal, hearing or vision impaired or mobility impaired. The nonprofit organization’s mission is to build camaraderie and support among the actors, and to celebrate each participant’s unique talents.

The Million Dollar Round Table Foundation, an association of life insurance and financial services professionals, plans to award more than $1 million in grants to charitable organizations this year.

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