Possibilities not Limitations:
Talent Development and Autism.
Let’s focus on what can instead of what cannot.
Monday, July 26 at Boom Chicago Comedy Festival 2021
Join us Monday, July 26 for a celebration of the spectrum and the talent that comes from the underappreciated autistic brain. Boom Chicago founders Saskia Maas and Andrew Moskos host an inspiring line-up including Boom alum Lisa Jolley who just completed a film with non- traditional actors, a panel including Dr. Marcia Goddard Head of People and Culture for Tony’s Chocolonely and Cindy Doff (board member of the Autism Ambassadors Association) , the young talent of InterActing, and Fabian Franciscus, the Dutch comedian on the spectrum. The Possibilities not Limitations program:
17:00 — It’s 5:00 o’clock Somewhere Happy Hour with drinks and snacks in the Festival Bar
18:00 – A Comedy Conversation with Boom alumn Lisa Jolley, hosted by Boom founders Saskia Maas and Andrew Moskos
18:30 – Making Connections: A panel discussion about talent and the autistic brain including Dr. Marcia Goddard (Head of people and Culture for Tony’s Chocolonely) and Cindy Doff (board member of the Autism Ambassadors Association)
20:00 – Fabian Fransiscus, stand up comedian on the spectrum plays a set from his new show
De Kleine Wereld (in Dutch).
The Comedy Conversation is an uninhibited, hilarious interview with Boom Chicago alum Lisa Jolley. Lisa is an actress, singer, improviser and teacher/coach of all those things. We will speak about her life in Amsterdam, her career and definitely about her son George, whose heartfelt video about being autistic went viral: https://abcnews.go.com/US/year-olds-heartfelt-video-life-autism/story?id=51585836. In this section we will also have a short video from Suzi Barret, where she talks about her recent project with Zeno Mountain Farm camp whose mission it is to foster lifelong friendships between lots of different types of people, regardless of age, disability, or any other demographic marker. They recently premiered their first feature length flm Best Summer Ever at the SXSW film festival this spring.
In this section we will also have a short video from Suzi Barret, where she talks about her
recent project with Zeno Mountain Farm camp whose mission it is to foster lifelong friendships between lots of different types of people, regardless of age, disability, or any other demographic marker. They recently premiered their first feature length film Best Summer Ever at the SXSW film festival this spring.
Making Connections is a panel discussion about the brain and the possibilities of autism. The limitations are well documented, but people on the autistic spectrum have skills relating to order, detail and connecting things. If these traits could be better catalogued and understood we would go a long way to not just keeping autistic people busy, but unlocking these unique skills to benefit employers and society.
The panel ends with a short video performance from the amateur students of InterActing. InterActing is Boom Chicago’s non-profit theater program that encourages teenagers and students with autism through improvisation skills to break out of their patterns of ritual and routine to embrace the unexpected. These life skills help young people with autism to become more confident and to enjoy interacting with the (non-autistic) world around them.
Fabian Franciscus is a charming and successful Dutch standup comedian who is on the spectrum. One of his skills is to balance when those two things build on each other and when they collide. In the Netherlands, he won the Leeuwarder Cabaret Festival and the Comedy Slam. Abroad, he plays at bigger comedy clubs in New York, Berlin, Stockholm and London. He is a frequent guest on TV shows like De Slimste Mens, Spijkers Met Koppen, Na Het Nieuws and Kopspijkers and several of his comedy videos have gone viral. He will be playing a set from his latest show De Kleine Wereld. The show is in Dutch.