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Actionplay is an NYC-based 501(c)(3) theatre organization dedicated to providing autistic, neurodivergent, and disabled teens and adults with equal access to the theatremaking process. Actionplay is dedicated to improving the lives of neurodivergent and disabled individuals, their families, and the community at large.

Actionplay helps to develop life skills in a fun-filled and supportive environment where participants thrive. Through our innovative programs, outreach, trainings and professional development, Actionplay strives to build a more inclusive world.


Dr. Stephen Shore
Ben Dworken
Marguerite Elisofon
Aaron Feinstein
Carrie Lobman
Kerry Magro
George Nickel
Roslyn Weinstein
Heather Hughes Walter


Mark Lit
Nancy Small
Mark Newman
Stephanie Gayden
Mary Holland
Valerie Charles
Conrad Pinnock
Lisa Griffin
Gabriel Lit
Sara Morgulis

Dr. Stephen Shore Diagnosed with “Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies” and “too sick” for outpatient treatment Dr. Stephen Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism.

In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen presents and consults internationally on adult issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy, and disclosure as discussed in his books Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger SyndromeAsk and Tell: Self-advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum, the critically acclaimed Understanding Autism for Dummies., and the newly released DVD Living along the Autism Spectrum: What it means to have Autism or Asperger Syndrome.

President emeritus of the Asperger’s Association of New England and former board member of the Autism Society, Dr. Shore serves in the Interagency Autism Coordinating CommitteeAsperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism AssociationUnited States Autism and Asperger Association, and other autism related organizations.

Actionplay extends its deepest thanks to our foundation and corporate sponsors.

TD Bank
Life Styles
The Far Fund
NYC Cultural Affairs
The Taft Foundation
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