Gena Sims is the founder of the Autism Theater Project (ATP), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with both a production company and an educational program. Gena writes, directs and produces ATP’s productions both on stage and screen, with a team that includes exceptionally passionate and talented autistic writers and actors. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University. Gena has also worked professionally as an award-winning singer, dancer and actress, off Broadway and in film, and continues to do so. She has won awards from the National Society of Arts and Letters and YoungArts, both of which now sponsor ATP.
Inspired by her autistic sister, Gena created the Autism Theater Project to show the world that everyone has a voice. The organization achieves this mission through original productions, a YouTube interview series and drama workshops.
ATP’s productions show how people of all abilities can overcome challenges and make an impact on the world. These productions include the play “In the Life of a Child,” which was produced at Miami Children’s Theater and Actors’ Playhouse, and an upcoming online television series called “The Voice Inside.”
The Autism Theater Project has also taught drama workshops for students at the Kia Kidz Martial Arts Center, Great Heights Academy, We Rock the Spectrum Gym and Alexander Montessori School, and at the University of Miami’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. The drama workshop program uses theater to teach children, with and without disabilities, about practicing empathy, social skills and effective communication. More information about the Autism Theater Project can be found on our website: www.autismtheaterproject.org.