Ability In Action

Ability In Action is a comprehensive, immersive and experiential program for youth and young adults living with a disability. Ability In Action utilizes performance creativity and embodied activities to enhance social skills, verbal and physical expression, communication and self determination.

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Acting Out!

Acting Out! is open to all youth and young adults with ASD, Aspergers, or any Physical or Developmental Disability. This class introduces basics of acting and collaboration in a safe and structured environment. Students will engage in an opening ritual at the beginning of each class and will gradually be introduced to games and activities over the course of the class semester. The final class will feature a share for family and friends based on the comfort level of students. This class is open to youth between 10 and 20 years old (but we’re flexible!) and is currently held at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts.

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Stepping Out!

Let us come to you and co-create fun and meaningful workshops and classes for your amazing community! Participants engage in Storytelling, Drama, Movement and Improvisation activities which explore specific themes curated to each group we work with. One workshop may explore the challenges in day to day workplace interactions while other workshops may help participants talk about relationships. Each Ability in Action experience addresses the personalized goals and needs of the participants. If you are interested in bringing Ability In Action to your organization or community. Please reach out today!

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Special Projects

Ability In Action builds a safe and supportive (and fun!) social environment which encourages risk-taking, deeper relationships and personal growth through embodied techniques and ensemble building. We love to work on special projects with blended groups. Examples of our special projects include developing an original holiday musical based on the arrangements of Fred Waring (see below), an original production for the gala fundraising event supporting the Philly Friendship Circle, and an original play written and performed by one of our Acting Out! graduates. Got an idea? We want to hear it!


I love Acting Out! because we get to express ourselves through creativity and theatre. Everyone is so welcoming in inclusive. And we get treated the same way any other acting teacher would - we do not get special treatment because of our disabilities. I think everyone should support Bright Invention because they make our community richer.
— Elias Rosen, student Acting Out!

Past workshops have been designed around:

  • Workplace Relationships

  • Friendship and Having a Roommate

  • Getting Along with Family as a Young Adult

  • Collaboration with Others

  • Appropriate Physical Communication

  • Appropriate Emotional Response

  • Expressing Needs and Asking for Help

  • Transitions

  • Storytelling

  • Making a Play

  • Musical Theater


In 2016, Bright Invention began developing Fred Waring’s Christmas Shindig, an original musical using a cast featuring people of all abilities!