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Students with Autism Take Stage, Directors Chair in Latest Performance

Heidi Toth

April 14, 2016

The BurkTech Players is a collaboration between students with autism and students from the School of Theatre & Dance.

WHAT: The BurkTech Players' East Coast Stories will perform two one-act plays directed by Reese Thompson and Sam Shreffler and three original short places written by Sharai Bohannon, Tom Laney and Texas Tech University alumnus Jaston Williams. There also will be an original dance piece conceived by the BurkTech Players.

Admission is free, but seating is limited. Reservations are recommended; people with reserved seats should arrive at least 15 minutes early to ensure seating. People can make reservations here.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Monday (April 18)

WHERE: Lab theatre of the Maedgen Theatre Building, 3032 18th Street (The lab theatre is on the west side of the building.)

WHO: The BurkTech Players, composed of graduates from the Burkhart Center for Autism Education & Research and students from the School of Theatre & Dance, was created in 2014 after a community theatre class brought the groups together. At its helm are Clay Martin, a graduate student in fine arts who wanted to work with students with autism, and Shreffler, a Burkhart graduate who performed a freeform routine on a national stage when he auditioned for “So You Think You Can Dance.”

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CONTACT: Clay Martin, graduate student, College of Visual & Performing Arts, clay.martin@ttu.edu; Wes Dotson, co-director, Burkhart Center for Autism Education & Research, (806) 834-0783 or wesley.dotson@ttu.edu; Mark Charney, director, School of Theatre & Dance, (806) 834-1683 or mark.charney@ttu.edu