Theatre & Health



Theatre & Health

Inclusive. Empowering. Extraordinary.

Through innovative partnerships, teaching artists of the Black Hills Playhouse are transforming lives through theatre programs inclusive of people with disabilities


We are looking for Stage Partners to participate in our specialty programming performances and rehearsals.

Your assistance allows for these marvelous performances to happen, and gives people of all abilities the experience of theatre.


  • Assist actors with disabilities in their mobility and line performances

  • Attend class Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.

  • Move through the performance, "Romeo & Juliet" with their acting partner on October 31st


Fill out our Volunteer Application Form by clicking here.

We look forward to your help!

Questions may be directed to

(605) 255-4910 Ext. 3 or emailed to


Two times a week, teaching artists from the Black Hills Playhouse head to Dakotabilities and work with adults with disabilities. These sessions are packed full of laughter, movement, and joy. 


Participants' choices are integral in this groundbreaking theatre education program which provides opportunities for people to become more confident in their communication and performance skills.


Three times a year, family, friends, and community members gather to celebrate the work of each class as they perform.

A note from Joe Dvorak, Director of Day Services

Since 2013, the Playhouse has partnered with the LifeScape Center for the Arts to develop programs which are accessible to children and adults with disabilities, and also inclusive of those without disabilities.


During rehearsals, teaching artists encourage creative thinking, teach participants to work in groups and help them improve communication skills. Cast members are guided through invigorating sessions which teach theatre arts in an interactive environment. 


We have witnessed life-changing moments on and off the stage and how these creative processes, performances, and connections affect the lives of the cast and crew long after the curtain has closed.  ​


Camp Bravo

The LifeScape Center for the Arts and Black Hills Playhouse are partnering to produce Camp Bravo: All-Ability Performing Arts, at Joy Ranch, near Watertown, SD, June 16-21, 2019.


Camp Bravo is designed for children and young adults of all abilities, ages 9-21. Campers spend the week exploring performing skills in a traditional outdoor camp setting while making memories to last a lifetime! Also included: horseback riding, wagon rides, archery, pontoon rides, fishing, campfires, and games - all in a completely accessible environment for campers!

Theatre classes include movement, music, and theatre – all of which can be adapted to meet the needs of each participant. The week culminates with a camp performance for family and friends.


Maximum number of campers is 40. Family accommodations or camping are available upon request – for more information contact Jamie Richardson at (605) 444-9631 by email: