Promoting Theater for
Children with Special Needs
The Penguin Project® is a national non-profit organization with the vision of creating opportunities for children with special needs to participate in community theater and display their creative talents. This is accomplished with the assistance of multiple sites across the U.S.
Productions casts are children with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, learning disabilities, and other neurological and developmental disorders. They are partnered with Peer Mentors – a group of children who volunteer to work with the “Penguins” side-by-side through rehearsals and on stage.
The Penguin Project® demonstrates that the special challenges of a disability need not handicap a child’s ability to participate in life’s experiences. Individuals with special needs are fully capable of participating in community activities with the same dedication and enthusiasm as others, if given the opportunity and support.