INTEGRATED THEATRE COMPANY helping students with Autism in Mansfield, Ohio

Local students with autism in Mansfield, Ohio will have the opportunity to participate in a theatre program with their peers thanks to the "Integrated Theatre Company," a collaboration among St. Peter’s Parish and School, the Renaissance Theater and The Zoot Theatre Company.

The program is open to youngsters 9 through 18. It will begin with a five-week summer camp designed to integrate participants while learning the fundamentals of puppetry, theatre and storytelling.

Tristan Cupp, artistic director for The Zoot Theatre Company will be traveling from Dayton four days a week once the program begins July 6 and 7 to lead students through a workshop building puppets of their own. The students will have the opportunity at the end to participate in a fully staged performance with their creations and then they get to take the puppets home.

In the second phase of the program, students will attend two eight-week sessions (fall 2016 and spring 2017), consisting of twice-weekly classes/rehearsals. Each eight-week session will culminate in unique onstage performances with The Zoot Theatre Company.

All workshops and performances will be staged at the Renaissance Theater in downtown Mansfield, Ohio.

High school and college students will be recruited to assist during the sessions. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to contact Cox at