Kaleidoscope Theatre was founded in 1977 to create and perform educational theatrical plays and workshops for participation with students of elementary, middle, junior and senior high schools, clubs and organizations.
Kaleidoscope Theatre creates the opportunity for talented young people to develop theatrical abilities by encouraging participation in the production and performance of theatrical plays. The goal of each performance is to educate and entertain young people through the medium of presentational and participatory drama.
Kaleidoscope Theatre incorporates many of its theatrical topics to address youth educational issues such as drug dependence, drug prevention and elimination issues, teen pregnancy, divorce, deafness, as well as mainstreaming (inclusion) both in schools and in society. Young actors with disabilities have also been strongly encouraged to participate in all areas of theatrical production. At this time, the professional touring theatre company has among its company of performers six actors with developmental disabilities and several others with major or minor physical disabilities. Each production contains important messages as subtly as possible but with the recurring theme that "we are all special."
The theatre company was chosen to represent the United States in 1989 at an International Down Syndrome Congress in Jerusalem, Israel. The company has toured from Maine to Texas and appeared at three National Association of Retarded Citizen's National Conventions
Kaleidoscope Theatre has received many awards including:
Best of Rhode Island Award from Rhode Island Monthly Magazine
Rhode Island Theatre Achievement Award
Rhode Island Jefferson Award
Several awards from the Rhode Island Association for Retarded Citizens (RIARC)
Justice Award from the Rhode Island Attorney General for the play "B.U..L.L.Y."