The Penguin Project® Informational Meeting

About The Penguin Project®

A group of youths, ages 10-21, in a program called The Penguin Project take to the stage to perform a modified version of a well-known Broadway musical. However, these productions are unique because all roles are filled by young artists with developmental disabilities including: Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, visual impairment, hearing impairment, and other neurological disorders.

They are joined on stage by a dedicated group of peer mentors—youths the same age without disabilities who have volunteered to work side-by-side with the artists through four months of rehearsals and to the final performance.

By providing access to community theatre, The Penguin Project demonstrates that the special challenges of a disability should not handicap a child’s ability to participate in life’s experiences.

Established in 2004, The Penguin Project has evolved into a national program with chapters throughout the United States. The program provides a supportive environment and has demonstrated that participation in the performing arts has therapeutic value by enhancing social interaction, communication skills, self-confidence, and self-esteem.

2022 Penguin Project® Production at The Playhouse: Annie Jr.
Rehearsals: Begin June 26, 2022 
Performances: Oct. 14-16, 2022

Does this sound like something your student would like? 

Join us for an informational meeting for parents, artists ages 10-21, and mentors ages 10-21:
Saturday, June 4, 2022 1:00-2:30 PM, at The Playhouse 
Get all your questions answered! Parents will learn more, and artists and mentors will have an opportunity to test-run a day of Penguin Project rehearsal.

Questions? Contact Annie Mielke, BCBA, Program Coordinator, 515.974.5360,