Golden Isles Penguin Project

Golden Isles Penguin Project

"Our Penguins may not be able to fly but that doesn't keep their spirits from soaring!"

What is The Penguin Project?

The Penguin Project is a musical theater production that casts children and young adults with disabilities in all roles. All sing, dance and act in the show. Those individuals (Artists) will get assistance from on-stage peers (Mentors).

The Penguin Project was conceived by Dr. Andrew Morgan to give young people with special needs an opportunity to participate in the performing arts. In 2017, Golden Isles Penguin Project was launched with 21 Artists and 24 Mentors. In 2018, our numbers almost doubled and our young Artists and Mentors performed to sold out audiences in Disney’s Peter Pan, JR. In 2019, we again reached our capacity as 30 Artists and 35 Mentors created a memorable and magical Shrek, The Musical JR for sell-out crowds.

The Penguin Project demonstrates that individuals with special needs are fully capable of participating in community activities with the same dedication and enthusiam as others, if give the opportunity and support.

For more information about the original Penguin Project visit To become a participant or volunteer for the Golden Isles Penguin Project, contact us at or call 912.262.6934.

Penguin Project
Penguin Project
Penguin Project
Penguin Project

Participants: Young Artists with Disabilities

The Penguin Project is open to any individual age 10 to 25 with a disability. This includes (but is not limited to) Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, visual impairment, hearing impairment and neurological disorders.

Penguin Project
Penguin Project

Peer Mentors

The Penguin Project utilizes a “peer mentor” system, linking each young artists with an age level peer who does not have a disablitiy. The peer-mentors work side by side with their partners, assisting them throughout the entire rehearsal process and on stage.

Penguin Project

What show are you doing?

High Schoo Musical

When is the production?

June 12 - 14, 2020. Rehearsals will begin in February 2020 and be once a week. Rehearsals increase in frequency as the show approaches.

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Golden Isles Arts & Humanities is coordinating the project. We have a team of theatre professionals and special education professionals to ensure that this is a fun, safe and memorable experience for everyone involved. For more information or to get involved please contact us at or call 912.262.6934.

How do I sign up or get more information?

Complete the appropriate information form and return to us by mail – 1530 Newcastle Street, Brunswick, GA 31520. Or email us at or call 912.262.6934.

Penguin Project Forms

The Golden Isles Penguin Project is supported in part by the following sponsors:


Flexer Enterprises

Yoder Family Foundation

If you would like to help support the Golden Isles Penguin Project, donate or email