Welcome!

Arts for Autism 2024 has wrapped, but the magic continues! We'll be back in June 2025 for another unforgettable show!

Host of Arts for Autism 2024: Michael James Scott

Stephen Schwartz

Michael James Scott has played the Genie in Disney’s Aladdin internationally including on Broadway, in London, on the North American Tour, and originating the role in the Australian Production, for which he won the prestigious Helpmann Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. He’s also known for originating the role of the Minstrel on Broadway in Something Rotten! and originating Dr. Gotswana (aka The Maggots Guy) in The Book of Mormon. Other Broadway credits include: Hair, Tarzan, Mamma Mia, Elf, and All Shook Up. New York: Jerry Springer the Opera at Carnegie Hall. Tours: Fosse. Las Vegas: Jersey Boys. He is featured on various recordings including The Broadway Boys and Broadway original cast albums, along with numerous TV appearances.

@iammjscott

The 2024 Broadway Cast

Kelvin Moon Loh

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Brynn Williams

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

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Libby Servais

Wicked

Zachary Noah Piser

Dear Evan Hansen

Wicked

Miki Abraham

Shucked

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Marina Pires

How to Dance in Ohio

Haven Burton

How to Dance in Ohio

Talia Suskauer

Conor Tague

Wicked

How to Dance in Ohio

Choir Members

Madeline Fansler

Six

Michael Ray Fisher

Rocktopia

Alex Lawrence

Food Network's Chopped

Jennifer Lorae

Parade

Paul Pilcz

Bye Bye Birdie

Justin Campbell

Carmen

DeMond B. Nason

Walmartopia

Melanie Goerlitz

Carnegie Hall

Hannah DelMonte

Fiddler on the Roof

Danielle Erin Rhodes

The Buddy Holly Story

Caroline Knapp

Jersey Boys

Arts for Autism Dancers

Willie Beaton II

42nd Street

Spencer Dean

Chess at the Muny

Mary Donnelly

Finding Christmas

Will Geoghegen

Cats

Darrell T. Joe

Monty Python's Spamalot

Rebecca Murillo

Rebecca Murillo

West Side Story - Tokyo

Heather Nolting

42nd Street

Alexis Payton

Radio City Music Hall

Rafa Pepén

My Fair Lady

Madeline Kendall

Anastasia

National Tour

Samantha Roche

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Jordana Rosenberg

Radio City Music Hall

Michael Verre

A New Song and Dance

Travis Ward-Osborne

Aladdin

Moulin Rouge!

Keynote Speaker: Liz Pritchard
Stephen Schwartz

Liz Pritchard is a multifaceted neurodiverse artist, advocate, teacher, author, presenter, and mentor. Her advocacy work has taken her across the globe, including Taiwan, the Philippines, Mexico, and Canada.


Pritchard is the creator of the ongoing comic book series PaperBag Comic, which explores self-love and acceptance. She has self-published over 700 pages of this series.


As an autism and mental health advocate, Pritchard serves as an Ambassador for the Autism Council of Rochester and has been featured in various media outlets, including City Magazine, ROC Voices Radio, Spectrum News, WXXI's Dialogue on Disability, and NPR.

Through her mentor, Alec Frazier, Pritchard became involved with the Lights! Camera! Access! (LCA) network, where she learned networking and connection-building skills. She currently serves as an LCA Flash Mentor and runs a studio workshop for LCA cohorts. Pritchard has worked on notable projects like the ADA30 Lead On and NDEAM (National Disability Employment Awareness Month) Productions.

Pritchard's passion for film has led her to create and submit several films for the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, including the documentary series "My Superpower" and the films "Social Fitness" and "Spawn Point: My GPS Will Fail."


Pritchard believes in breaking down barriers and misconceptions surrounding neurodiversity, mental health, and addiction, advocating for inclusivity and acceptance for all.

@liz_paperbag_comic

2024 Special Guests
Sydney Kurland - Soloist

Sydney Kurland is an NYC-based singer, actor, and playwright. Her writing has been developed, presented, and recognized by organizations such as: Humanitas, Broke People Play Festival, Purple Light Productions, Spectrum Theater Ensemble, Duluth Playhouse, and NYU Tisch. Sydney is a resident company member of the Brooklyn-based neurodiverse theatre company EPIC Players, with whom she performs often. Most recently she stared as Wendla in EPIC's production of Spring Awakening. Sydney earned her BFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

@sydneykur.land

Malcolm Hollis - Soloist

Malcolm Hollis is an actor, singer, dancer and filmmaker from Bermuda who has a passion for storytelling regardless of the medium. Malcolm studied at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (NYCDA) and was a member of the first class to graduate in Musical Theater Performance. In March 2022, Malcolm workshopped the leading role in a new musical called “Talk To Me” by Charlie Sohne and Tim Rosser. Malcolm currently works as a Brand Ambassador for the Museum of Broadway in Times Square and is also honored to be a member of EPIC Players.

@malcs_creative

We're Moving!

This year's performance will be held at a brand new Broadway location: the glamorous and historic New Amsterdam Theatre on 42nd Street!

The New Amsterdam Theatre opened in 1903 and is the oldest operating Broadway Theatre. Leased by the Walt Disney Company in 1993, the theatre was fully restored and reopened in 1997. Arts for Autism has been warmly welcomed by Disney, and we're so excited to be able to perform on the same stage as ALADDIN!

About Us

Arts for Autism is a one night annual Broadway benefit concert where the biggest names on Broadway join performing arts students from around the country at a premier New York City theatre venue. Together we perform, spread acceptance, and inspire compassion, kindness, and understanding for those impacted by autism. We hope you'll join us for this evening celebrating hope and new beginnings as we look forward to a brighter future for all.


We embrace a judgment-free and inclusive environment for patrons with a wide range of sensory and/or communication differences, including individuals on the autism spectrum, young children, and families who would benefit from a relaxed theatre experience. Sensory-friendly space will be available in the theatre lobby during the performance should attendees need a break. 

Who Does the Concert Benefit?

We're passionate about the arts and how they can positively impact everyone, which is why each year funds raised from the Arts For Autism benefit concert will be distributed in the form of grants between $1,000 and $5,000. We have established the Arts & Community Access Grant, which can be used for any project (including arts-related) that has a direct and positive impact on the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. We will grant as many as possible until funds raised are exhausted. Grants are available for any U.S. based organization or individual and people on the autism spectrum are encouraged to apply. Funds granted must be used within twelve months of being awarded.


Our newly established advisory board will oversee the granting of funds raised at the Arts For Autism benefit concert. The board was formed in 2022 in response to community feedback about where money raised is being donated. We are excited to see where they decide to make an impact to support the autism community this year and beyond! Check our site later this summer for updates.

Past Performances

Every year dozens of Broadway performers lend their time and talents to our event. Check out our show program archives to find all your favorite stars!

"This event to me is special because it shows that there isn't one way to tell a story. The power of song. The power of dance. It has a farther reach than just entertainment. We can do something. We can do something really important."

- Kelvin Moon Loh, The King and I & Spongebob Squarepants, the Broadway Musical

Broadway Benefit Concert Arts for Autism 2023

Here's How We Did In 2024

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PEOPLE IN ATTENDENCE

RAISED TO SUPPORT

THOSE WITH AUTISM

STUDENTS

PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS

NIGHT

"I believe all people need to be respected and accepted for who they are."

- Laura Osnes, Two-Time Tony Award Nominee, Cinderella & Bonnie & Clyde

Presented By

Educational Travel Adventures (ETA) Believe NYC

Contact Us

info@artsforautism.net

917-475-4580

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