Ashley Houze

University of Virginia Class of 201612244426_10203885722664021_8036056006544145666_o

College of Arts and Sciences

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA

Major: Sociology

Role in ATP: Research Assistant (started Fall 2015)

What makes me passionate about Autism Theatre Project?

Theatre has been such an impactful experience on my life, and I love being a part of it! I want everyone to experience the magic of live theatre: from hearing the overture play and having the excitement build, to seeing the beautiful set, to the rush of emotions that come with the final bows. Working towards making the arts more inclusive is something that I am so excited about being a part of alongside some of my dearest friends. This experience has really opened my eyes to the possibility of continuing this in the future, maybe even for dance performances, too!

My favorite Autism Theatre Project Memory:

All of the hard work and build-up led to a wildly successful sensory-friendly performance of Captain Louie Jr., our first ATP show! After our sensory-friendly performance, one of the young actresses in the show said that she enjoyed that particular performance more than all of the others. She said that could really feel the energy, excitement, and happiness from the audience. It felt great to see both the audience and the performers benefitting from this experience and to hear that they had a lot of fun along the way!

Other Involvement:

Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, First Year Players, Spectrum Theatre, UVa Class of 2016 Trustees, Wilkins School of Dance