Relaxed and Sensory-Friendly Programs

Sensory Immersion Theatre:  Tilles Center Presents BRANCHING OUT


Thursday, May 21 and Friday, May 22 at 10 AM & 12 PM (open to school groups and the public) and Saturday, May 23 at 10 AM, 12 & 3 PM, Tilles Center Patron’s Lounge


Branching Out is an original work of sensory-immersive theater with music, created by Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, specifically designed for individuals on the autism spectrum and those who may have limited movement, sensory and/or complex communication needs. This multi-sensory theatrical experience is about a journey through the four seasons.

This production is an intimate experience for small audiences of twenty people per performance. Tickets on sale now and must be ordered by phone or email.

For more information, contact: Megan Montemurro, Arts Education Coordinator, 516.299.3966,

Teaching Artists: Co-creators & Performers:
Oya Bangura
Madeline Calandrillo
Lyle Cogen
Elise May
Nina Moran
Elizabeth Trimm

Creative Team
Stephanie Turner – Director
Nina Moran – Composer
Katie Lyons and Emily Shoup – Set Design
Sam Kessler – Lighting Design
Megan Montemurro – Stage Manager
Elizabeth Trimm- Choreography, Dance Captain

Faith Kappenberg, Amy Plica: LIU Center for Community Inclusion – Autism and Education Specialists

Relaxed Performances
Tilles Center presents relaxed performances with modified sound and light levels, specially adapted pre-performance materials, and quiet lobby areas with sensory toys for patrons who wish to move around. These performances are “non-shushing” and provide a comfortable environment for individuals on the autism spectrum and those who may have limited movement, sensory and/or complex communication needs. Relaxed performances are open to all neurodivergent and neurotypical audiences and take place throughout the season as part of our Family Fun! series of performances.

Two performances will be offered in 2019-20:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Christmas featuring Dream Snow , Sunday, December 22 at 2pm


B-The Underwater Bubble Show, Saturday, May 9 at 2pm

To order tickets:
Tickets for  The Very Hungry Caterpillar Christmas and The Underwater Bubble Show are on sale now and available to purchase online, by phone, or in person at the Box Office.

Community Wellness Initiatives are supported, in part, by The Diane Goldberg Foundation. Arts Education programs are made possible, in part, by the
Gilbert and Rose Tilles Endowment for Arts Education