In 2007, I became Education Director for this company. Previously, I was offered a role with the company but due to personal problems, I had to drop out of the play and get my life together. Most other companies would have blacklisted me, but when I told the artistic director about my problems, she embraced me, gave me another chance and hired me to be the Education Director. No one else believed in me at this time in my life, but this company helped me get back on my feet. As a disabled person and artist I have grown immensely because of my involvement in Nicu Spoon. Since then I have built an education program where we do a kids show every year. Currently, we are embarking on our fourth show, which servesall people and kids with disabilities. Our program utlizes people of all abilities, but serves playwrights, actors and audience members who are disabled. We mix the disabled and abled world, thereby eradicatibng booundaries that often separate disabled people. This company has helped many of us find the abilty in disability and has pushed me ton become better as a person, administrator, and artist
Nicu's Spoon is a wonderful company. It is umbelievable how they offer so much opportunities to actors to work, and plays that deals with disability as well. Twice I was part of 2 plays that had actors working as ASL interpreters and when they are not onstage they are signing for deaf audience. A theater company that cast disable actors, they heard our voices, they give us opportunities to work and show our work to other people, they don't judge and never cast what is easy, they take chances, they give voices to the unheard. I could not be happier to write about them. Hope people find out what this company do for people that society sometimes judges and don't give chances. Because they are unique and special and deserve to get recognizable.
This is an amazing company- they help all people, are generous and giving and have been doping this in the field of the arts for 10 years!
I am always amazed at how they treat the audience like family- accomidating every need and greeting you with your name and hugs- they remember everyone! They find the spark of joy in each person they meet and that is due to their director Stephanie Barton-Farcas
From childrens shows to adult shows they embody the true meaning of diversity, empowerment and creativity. I adore their work.
Like my wife I am astounded that nobody in NYC serves the populations this theater serves. They search out the neglected, ignored and underserved and help them to create art!
This is the only theater in NYC that works with all kinds of handicapped actors, deaf actors, kids and produces top notch,award winning shows. The Artistic Director, Stephanie Barton-Farcas has won a few awards but her tireless effort needs to be recognized.
I started as a Board Member at the very beginning and have stayed one mainly because of the creativness and the fun this group seems to have not only with the plays. but for each other. There are all kinds of actors, actresses (handicapped and non-handicapped), volunteers, electricians, musicians and any body else you can think of in this bunch. Only see one play, any play)this company does and you'll be hooked at the versatility and the joy they have among them!
I never wanted to be too active in much after my children graduated from college. Then I was introduced to NICU'S SPOON THEATER GROUP. I am think they are a wonderful group of young/old/disabled/funny/able bodied/talented people I have come across in a long, long while. Go to just one of their plays and you'll see what I mean!
Stephanie Barton-Farcas has had a long-standing commitment to inclusion with the productions she oversees as Nicu's Spoon's Artistic Director. * Shows are chosen, actors are cast, and performances are directed based on acting ability, not on any personal disability (real or perceived) that someone (an actor and/or his/her role) might have. * Nicu's Spoon also regularly provides American Sign Language (ASL)-interpreted performances of the shows they produce. ...and none of this would happen without Stephanie's vision and commitment.
As a past board member aND An ongoing supporter i can think of no other group i would rather be inviokved with. The diversity they display is a direct reflection of the city we live in. Kudos!