How We Got Started
Theatre for All (TFA) provides an extensive theatre education and opportunities for people with disabilities.
TFA trains members in a wide range of theatrical (arts based) skills and creates high quality plays/films that are performed to a public audience.
TFA advocates for employment within the arts, creative empowerment and social integration for people with disabilities. TFA generates a vibrant and nurturing community for its members, their families and teachers and believes in the power of theatre to create positive change and that everyone deserves access to the arts.
Life is better when we come together to play, laugh, explore, express, sing and dance
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.
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.
While TFA leans towards life affirming, positive messages, TFA is not affiliated to any religious denomination or political party and holds the freedom of creative exploration as a precious tenent of the creative process. The TFA Official companies are age 18+ and reserve the right to explore a wide range of issues and ideas.
TFA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation in any of its activities or operations.
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.
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 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.
Dylan Patterson - President of the Board, Founding member,
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
Our Brilliant Board
TFA is lucky enough to have a dedicated team that work behind the scenes to help make the magic happen!