Kelly Hunter and The Tempest

Shakespeare and Autism

Learn about The Hunter Heartbeat Method from its creator, Kelly Hunter

Kelly Hunter, an acclaimed British actress known for her pioneering work using Shakespeare and the theatre arts to engage autistic populations, will be at LOGAN May 22 and May 24 to share her signature teaching methods. You don’t want to miss this rare opportunity to learn firsthand about her work in the classroom and in the theatre.

Join her at one of two free sessions:

  • Monday, May 22
    5 to 6 p.m.
    LOGAN Center
    2505 E. Jefferson Blvd., South Bend, Indiana
  • Wednesday, May 24
    4:15 to 5:15 p.m.
    LOGAN Autism Learning Center – Southwest Michigan
    1641 E. Nickerson Avenue, Benton Harbor, Michigan

The information sessions, hosted by Shakespeare at Notre Dame and LOGAN Autism Services, are intended primarily for parents, educators and researchers. Anyone interested in learning more about sensory-based theatre practices developed specifically for autistic populations should attend. Hunter’s reknowned Hunter Heartbeat Method became the subject of her first book, Shakespeare’s Heartbeat: Drama games for children with autism. She has presented her work around the United States, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Hunter’s visit to LOGAN is made possible by the University of Notre Dame, where she will be in residence May 22-24. She will return to Notre Dame in November to lead three days of workshop training for local educators. The November residency will also feature inclusive performances of Shakespeare’s The Tempest by Flute Theatre.

About the Hunter Heartbeat Method

The Hunter Heartbeat Method is a series of sensory drama games that use Shakespeare’s works to
release the communicative blocks within children and young people with autism.  This methodology, developed by Hunter, formed the basis of a longitudinal research project at Ohio State University from 2011-2015. It has since become the basis of a pilot study with neuroscientists at University College, London.

For more information on the Hunter Heartbeat Method, please visit:

Shakespeare & Autism

About Kelly Hunter

Hunter, an award-winning actress, has played major roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre, English Touring Theatre and the Icelandic company, Vesturport. She also has worked extensively in film, TV, and radio.

She is perhaps best known for her work as artistic director of Flute Theatre, which creates productions of Shakespeare for inclusive audiences. The theatre’s production of The Tempest, made specifically for an audience of children with autism and their families, was first performed in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2014. Hunter will bring The Tempest to South Bend when she returns in November.