A Spencer Residency
A residency with Kevin Spencer encompasses everything we care about as Arts Professionals – providing access to the arts for individuals of all ages and abilities. In an era of increasing challenges within our educational and healthcare systems, Kevin offers extraordinary methods for reaching those deemed “unreachable.” His specialized programs are focused on children and adolescents with developmental and intellectual disabilities; senior adults marginalized by ageism; and disenfranchised veterans dealing with PTSS and difficulties with social reintegration. Spencer’s priorities are to build sustainable programs that will continue to meet the needs of individuals who are excluded from full participation in the cultural systems that shape their lives.
For those who have seen Kevin’s mainstage performances, it may be difficult to envision anything more magical; but I can assure you, the real, measurable, life-changing magic happens when he steps off the stage into our communities. I’ve yet to identify a group that didn’t immediately respond to his approach and continues to discover new applications and audiences for his programs. I’ve always considered it an honor to work with Kevin. Having seen first-hand the effects of his work, I now consider securing his services as my responsibility to those in need. His passion serves as a powerful reminder of what attracted us all to the arts and mission-driven work in the first place – to make a difference.
Sharon Reid-Kane. Ed.D. | Vice President of Education & Outreach, Ruth Eckerd Hall (FL)
Kevin Spencer’s residency at The Zeiterion Theatre is one that we won’t soon forget. In total, his week here included 2 Professional Development workshops, a week-long magic camp, 11 classroom visits, and a sensory-inclusive mainstage performance for the public. Kevin’s offerings provided us with unique and enriching experiences for our community that had kids laughing, teachers planning, and young magicians dreaming of what could be. We have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from educators, students, parents, and community members alike. His enthusiasm, positive attitude, and sheer passion for his work were infectious. Kevin’s wealth of knowledge in his craft and special education was unmistakable. I have no doubts that the impact of his residency will have long-lasting results and am thrilled that we were able to work with him.
Rose Mary Gill | Executive Director, Zeiterion Theatre (MA)
AUTISM Today Magazine
When Kevin Spencer goes to work, he’s likely to find himself in tricky situations. On any given day he could be restrained by chains, submerged under water, or faced with a brick wall through which he must walk. There might be blades, ropes, handcuffs, or levitation.
Spencer might also be helping a 9-year-old boy with autism speak a sentence for the first time in his life.
Either way, it’s about magic.