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.
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 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,
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
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!