Kelly Hunter and The Tempest

Sign up for free drama workshop for children and teens with autism

British theatre actress Kelly Hunter returns to South Bend for interactive workshop

Shakespeare at Notre Dame announces two performance-based drama workshops for individuals with autism (ages 8-18) with acclaimed British theatre artist Kelly Hunter, artistic director of London’s Flute Theatre and developer of the Hunter Heartbeat Method. Ms. Hunter will be offering workshops for those interested in learning about sensory-based theatre practices developed specifically for individuals with autism.

Through a series of drama games that encourage eye contact and facial expression, participants will learn about acting and Shakespeare while discovering the power of ensemble and imaginative play. No prior experience in the performing arts is necessary to attend.

Join us for one of these free sessions and a rare opportunity to work with Ms. Hunter, The workshops are considered most appropriate for individuals with ASD ages 8 to 18.

  • Thursday, January 11
    4 to 5:30 p.m.
    Location to be determined
  • Friday, January 12
    4 to 5:30 p.m.
    Location to be determined

For more information or to RSVP, please contact:

Joshua J. Diehl, Ph.D,
Chief Strategy Officer for LOGAN Autism Services

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:

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.