Department of Theatre

Professor Robin Post brings Shakespeare and Autism to UNCW

Shakespeare and Autism has come to UNCW. Robin Post, new faculty in the Department of Theatre, brings innovative programming that transforms the complexities of Shakespeare's poetry and storytelling into a sequence of games that are specifically tailored to address the communicative blocks of autism.

The technique that serves as the foundation of Shakespeare and Autism is the Hunter Heartbeat Method and was developed by RSC actress, Kelly Hunter. Prior to Professor Post's arrival at UNCW, she was the director of a longitudinal empirical research study at The Ohio State University where the ability of the Hunter Heartbeat Method to effect change to the core features of autism was being measured.

Professor Post is teaching UNCW's first course in Shakespeare and Autism during the spring semester of 2016. She is collaborating with the Psychology Department and local communities in an effort to establish UNCW as the place for training in the Hunter Heartbeat Method and to provide programming for children and families affected by autism.

Professor Post will be performing in a private showing of The Tempest/Shakespeare & Autism production with Kelly Hunter at The Ohio State University on November 21. This performance is being showcased specifically for potential funders who have expressed an interest in the development of future work.

Professor Post will be presenting her research on Shakespeare & Autism as part of panel presentation/business meeting which will open the American Education Research Association (AERA) conference in Washington D.C in April, 2016. She will be sharing practical activities and the theoretical underpinnings of the Hunter Heartbeat Method with a focus on the social, educational and therapeutic implications of the work.