About Us

Theatre for All celebrates the diversity and individual talents of our actors and students. Life is better when we come together to play, laugh, explore, express, sing and dance.

We believe in the power of theatre to create positive change within communities and that everyone deserves access to the arts.

 

We bring the arts to students with disabilities who may not otherwise have the opportunity to step beyond their label and discover something new about themselves and each other. 

We are committed to teaching the fundamental skills of theatre to our members and to creating beautiful, high quality plays that are performed to a public audience.

 

Theatre for All was born out of a realization that people with disabilities who were passionate about theatre, had nowhere to go in Wilmington, NC. This had to change.

So in 2015 Kim Henry, Dylan Patterson, and Gina Gambony established Theatre for All, following a semester of successful outreach work at Laney High School. 

Generously supported by Theatre Network of Wilmington, a registered 501(c)(3) non profit company, Theatre for All continues to grow. So far, we've doubled our student body, doubled our performances, and continue to expand our outreach program.

 

Leadership Training

 

In 2018 Kim Henry designed a Leadership Training that trains TFA's most experienced members to become TFA Teaching Assistants. This exciting development aims to provide meaningful employment to TFA members.

Our Team

Kim Henry - Co-Founder, Executive Director and Outreach Teaching Artist

 

Kim Henry has a BA honors degree in Drama from Manchester University, UK. Her work has taken her to

Bosnian refugee camps, schools in India and to International Theatre Festivals throughout Europe before

landing on Wilmington's sandy shores.

 

Kim is passionate about her work with Theatre for All, and in the power of theatre to take people

beyond their limitations. 

 

She has created the TFA leadership Program, which aims to train TFA’s most experienced

members to be TFA teaching assistants. Kim is dedicated to bringing TFA to schools across

New Hanover County and to employing TFA members to assist in this expansion.

 

She fuses her love of theater, dance, puppetry and music to nurture the creative process,

self-expression and confidence in all of her students. 

Gina Gambony - Founding member and Co Director

Gina earned her B.A. with Honors in Philosophy & Religion at UNCW. She is a radio presenter and

producer at WHQR. Gina has spent a lot of time in the non-profit realm, including Thalian Hall

Center for the Performing Arts (Director of Education & Outreach), UNCW Office of Cultural

Arts (Director of House/Audience Services), Corvallis Arts Council (Teaching Artist & Arts Integration

Specialist), and Dreams of Wilmington (Teaching Artist). 

Dylan Patterson - President of the Board, Founding member,

and Volunteer

 

Dylan teaches creative writing, composition, and literature at Cape Fear Community College and has

worked with adolescents and children through agencies such as The Methodist Home for Children

and The Wilmington Treatment Center. His passion to nurture creative opportunities for folks with

disabilities stems from volunteer experiences at camps Jabberwocky and Zeno Mountain Farm. 

Supported by a CFCC Foundation grant, Dylan created In Cahoots, a program that brought

students with and without disabilities together to collaborate to produce short videos. A filmmaker

and writer, Dylan brings his creative energy to Theatre for All and is currently president of the

non-profit Board.

  

Courtney Poland - Teaching Artist for Academy Company and Show Company

Courtney is thrilled to be working with Theatre for All. Courtney has been a performer for as long as she can remember and has been fortunate to be an active member of the Wilmington theatre community for the past 6 years. Courtney is a proud UNCW Seahawk with a B.A. in Special Education and a Master’s in Public Administration. Courtney is thankful to be able to work with this incredible group of performers.

Zach Hanner - Executive Director of Superstar Acedemy 

Zach is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Performance

Studies. He has worked in the entertainment business as an actor, writer, director, producer, musician

and teacher for the last 22 years. Zach's original play, #Alice: A Cautionary Technology Fable, won

StarNews Media's 2015 Theater Award for Best Children's Theater Production. It is his work with

young people as a guide and creative influence that brings him the most joy and his commitment to

supporting Theatre for All that makes it happen.

Theatre for All is honored to partner with DREAMS of Wilmington! Thank you for inviting us into your space Dreams - we appreciate you! 

Email:  info@theatreforall.org

Phone:

Kim Henry

910 616 9180

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