Boy Meets Broadway…Boy Loses Broadway… Boy Gets Broadway…and the stars thrown in. Katie Sweeney discusses the impact of making live theater accessible to all audiences, specifically as it relates to her younger son’s experiences with Broadway.

Katie Sweeney is an ‘Autism Warrior Mom’ and a musical theater lover (in that order). She has lived in Manhattan since 1989 with her husband, Michael, and their sons, and has seen over 100 Broadway musicals since her first show, Shenandoah, in 1975. Katie has passed her passion for Broadway musicals on to her children. Her younger son, Dustin, is a severely autistic 18-year old. Dusty is ‘low verbal’ – has words but is not conversational — and has a recorded IQ of 45. But he can sing the score of most any well-known Broadway musical! A seasoned marketing strategist, Katie started her own firm, OutsideIn Strategies, Inc., in 2001 specializing in qualitative research, following 12 years in marketing consulting. She is on the Parent Advisory Board of SNACK (Special Needs Activity Center for Kids) and a volunteer with Achilles, the running club for the disabled.

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