Start a Program

Students onstage with arms raised

Unified Theater is a school-based, inclusion program that brings together students with and without disabilities to create an entirely original theater production. Students write, direct, produce and perform the show themselves and everyone is treated as an equal. Creative and collaborative, our program builds lifelong leadership skills that empower students to overcome challenges, work as a team and most importantly: embrace their differences!

Want to bring Unified Theater to your middle or high school? It’s easy as 1…2…3…4!

Follow these steps and check out our FAQ and Quick Start Flyer for even more detailed information. Then, send us a Quick Info Request to get the process started.

We can’t wait to put the Spotlight on Ability with you!

1 | Say Yes to inclusion. The first step is simple - commit to creating an inclusive experience for students of all abilities at your school.

2 | Recruitment and training. Find student leaders and a faculty advisor who are excited about Unified Theater and bring them to a Spotlight Summit training. We’ll give you everything you need to get the program up and running.

3 | Build your show. Let your students work together to create a show! Hold rehearsals, create sets and costumes, and make sure everyone has a role to play. Productions run anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour and should include musical numbers, dances, and scenes highlighting your cast’s unique abilities and talents - whatever your students decide!

4 | Places, please! Show your school and community the power of inclusion with an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind performance!


Students in a circle with hands clasped
Participants are middle, high school or college students and all Unified Theater programs share these must-dos:

Let Youth Lead: the program is entirely student-created and student-run

Lost the Labels: there are no roles based on ability. Instead, everyone participates as equals.

Get Creative: the production is an original, student-crafted show incorporating music, movement and acting.

Everyone’s Welcome: the group includes students of all abilities, interests and backgrounds and is flexible and open to different student needs.

Send us a Quick Info Request today to start putting the Spotlight on Ability at your school!