The Ohio State University at Lima

Honors colloquium focuses on Shakespeare and Autism

The Ohio State Lima Honors Program welcomes Kevin McClatchy to present Playing By Heart — The Shakespeare and Autism Project at the annual Honors Colloquium, 4:30 p.m., Wed., March 21, 2018, in Science 100.

Playing By Heart — The Shakespeare and Autism Project is free and open to the public.

McClatchy is the director of Shakespeare and Autism Project and will discuss Ohio State’s work and research with the project, which uses the Heartbeat Method developed at the Royal Shakespeare Company. This method uses literature to improve the communication skills of children with autism spectrum disorders.

As part of the projects, Shakespeare’s texts are used as a social and interpersonal intervention that can be used to help both children on the autism spectrum and military veterans making the transition to civilian life.

McClatchy is an assistant professor and the head of acting and directing in the department of theatre at Ohio State. He is the director of the Ohio State University Shakespeare and Autism Project and supervises the Shakespeare and Veterans Project as well. McClatchy has been a professional actor for nearly 25 years. Some of his theatre credits include The Tempest at the Royal Shakespeare Company; Othello, an Ohio State/Royal Shakespeare co-production, Red; Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo; Stones in His Pockets; Almost, Maine and Scrap Heap. Selected film credits include Love and Other Drugs, Unstoppable, The Street Where We Live, The Lodge and the upcoming Old Man and the Gun, starring Casey Affleck and Robert Redford and Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile starring Zac Efron and Lily Collins. Selected TV credits include Outsiders, NCIS, ER, X-Files, That 70s Show, The Pennsylvania Miners Story, Another World and the upcoming NBC series Gone. McClatchy holds an MFA in Acting from Ohio State and is a member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA.

For more about the Shakespeare and Autism program, visit these links:

College of Arts and Sciences
Big Ten Network

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