Because of her youngest son she is an experience expert in the field of autism. And because of her work she knows everything about improvisation theater. This is how Saskia Maas developed a theater program, together with her husband, to provide young people with autism social tools.
Read the Dutch article here. An English translation will follow soon.
Read the original article in the Telegraaf (in Dutch) here.
For some kids with autism, carrying a conversation or going to school can be a real challenge, but at theater school Inter-Acting a group of twenty teenagers is willing to face the ultimate challenge: going up on stage, improvising, and telling jokes. Co-founder Saskia Maas, also the CEO of comedy collective Boom Chicago, even saw her own son glow up through this special project. (more…)
In July 2018 Boom Chicago celebrated their 25th anniversary with a beautiful program in Carre. Alumni performers like Seth Meyers and Ike Barinholz returned to Amsterdam for this special occasion and also comedy friends such as Arjan Lubach joined on stage. The proceeds of the evening went to InterActing.
With more than 25 years working in improvisation comedy and theater as CEO of Boom Chicago in Amsterdam, Saskia found herself in the unique position of being able to help her autistic son expand his world and experiences through autism. Inspired by his growth and enthusiasm, as well as the idea that this could help many more families besides her own, Saskia co-founded InterActing to teach children with autism social skills and understanding through improvisation.