MEAC in the United States

MEAC'S first trip to The United States of America was comprised of six week tour of the United Cerebral Palsy Schools and Adult Day Center of Rochester, New York in 1990

As a farewell to the troupe, the UCP students showered Ashleigh and Joanne with artwork depicting their experiences during the performances.

On January 14th, 1994, Joanne Lewis-Margolius arrived at Dulles Airport, Washington D.C. "MEAC" was packed away on a cargo ship sailing from the Port of Haifa, Israel to the States. In preparation for the cargo's arrival, Joanne contacted Special Education schools throughout the State of Maryland. The first recipients of the newly arrived troupe were The Kennedy-Krieger Institute, The Maryland School for the Blind and The Baltimore Association for Retarded Citizens (BARC). Just as in other parts of the world, none of these American facilities had ever experienced anything like the interactive performance workshops. It took time, perseverance, and devotion to the mission, but years later, MEAC found a new home at The Maryland School for the Blind's Jen C. Russo Arts Center. And with support of organizations, such as The Maryland State Arts Council and The National Endowment for the Arts, as well as foundations like the Zanvyl & Isabelle Krieger Fund and the John J. Leidy Foundation, MEAC has thrived and developed Emotional Stimulation Therapy, thus continuing to practice and promote the benefits of therapeutic theater for individuals with disabilities.

MEAC has performed long-term residencies and presentations at the following facilities:

Adult Care Centers

  • BARC
  • Opportunity Builders
  • The Copper Ridge Center

    Goucher College Internship Program

    Schools/Treatment Centers

  • Maryland School for the Blind
  • Regional Institute for Children & Adolescents
  • United Cerebral Palsy Delrey School
  • Kennedy-Krieger Institute
  • Cedar-Lane School
  • William S. Baer School
  • Rock Creek School
  • Ridge Ruxton School
  • Menucha Inc.
  • Maiden-Choice School