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Globally ArtStream Pilot (GAP)

Join ArtStream for a global partnership with Reaction Theatre! Class topics include music, dance, comedy, and Shakespeare. Participants are required to have at least five years of Inclusive Theatre Company or Cabaret performance experience.


Date: 9/20/2021, 10/4/2021, 10/11/2021

Time: 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Cost: $150.00



After registration, you can login to your ArtStream account to see your registered classes, notification e-mails, and statements.


We believe in theatre for an inclusive world and we don't want cost to prevent you from participating in an ArtStream activity. You may request tuition assistance for any ArtStream activity. Contact us at with any questions about tuition assistance, or request assistance during the registration process.


Nicolette Stearns; Penny Russell

Nicolette is a theatre educator, social skills trainer, playwright, and director. With ArtStream, she designs curriculum for Leadership Programs which teach social and pre-employment skills using an arts model. Among these programs, she created the award-winning “Positively Speaking” workshops in partnership with Down Syndrome Network Montgomery County.

Nicolette has written two books: an interactive handbook, ArtStream for Life: A Social Skills and Communication Handbook for Self Advocates, and a children’s book, The Colorful Adventures of Pauline and Tiff. ArtStream for Life was published by ArtStream, Inc. and Tilson & Diaz Solutions, Inc., and produced with a grant from the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council. The lessons in the handbook are presented live by Nicolette and a self-advocate to help the audience understand that communication skills are for everyone. Pauline and Tiff was co-authored by Nicolette and an ArtStream client with Down syndrome and features illustrations by Annie Dykstra. The book was self-published through a private grant.

Nicolette is proud to co-host Montgomery County, MD’s first inclusive talk show “Telling Your Story with Terrel and Nic.” Terrel and Nic’s talk show received two 2019 Montgomery County Media Monty Awards: the Viewer’s Choice Award and the Best Co-Hosts Award.

In 2017, Nicolette was awarded “Outstanding Technical Achievement” by the Ethan Saylor Memorial Film Festival. The award recognizes Nicolette’s commitment to empowering individuals with disabilities, and, especially, her work preparing self-advocates with Down syndrome to speak in the halls of Congress.

Nicolette is a proud member of Leadership Montgomery 2010 Core Class and holds a Master of Education from George Mason University.  She lives in Germantown, Maryland.

Penny is a teaching artist and performer based in the DC/Baltimore area. She has worked as a writer, director and performer with the Blue Sky Puppet Theatre since 1994, and performs with Good Life Theatre, where she just completed a three year run at Wolf Trap. Other favorite performing companies include Bread and Puppet Theater, The Other Opera Company, Adventure Theatre, and The Puppet Company at Glen Echo.

Penny teaches puppetry workshops throughout the DC/Baltimore region and beyond, including workshops as far away as Scotland. She is a regular teaching artist for the Wolf Trap Institute and also sings with the Swing Set Trio and the Roland Cumberland Orchestra.

With ArtStream, Penny has teaches classes in schools and other provider organizations for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities (IDD). She also leads workshops in self-advocacy.


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Contact Us
For more information about Globally ArtStream Pilot (GAP) contact our office at or 301-565-4567