New Horizons

New Horizons programA Fun and Safe Place to Explore Your Abilities

New Horizons, a musical theater training program for children and adults with developmental and/or physical disabilities, offers our students the opportunity to take center stage in fun-filled acting, dance and vocal classes — each in one weeknight or weekend day. The program is fueled by the idea that there is no limit to the ability and talents of our students.

Our professional faculty design tailored learning experiences built around our students’ gifts and contributions. Students spend class time honing their craft, rehearsing performances and exploring new ways to express themselves creatively. Beginners and more experienced students alike thrive as their strengths are showcased and their challenges eased by camaraderie and respect.


Creative Discovery Classes for Children on the Autism Spectrum

Drama is a powerful tool for teaching social skills, body language and the mechanics of social interactions. The CLO Academy’s New Horizons Program is proud to offer classes for children in the Autism Spectrum. Led by a staff of qualified, experienced teaching artists, this important program features compassionate and creative instructors and a safe nurturing environment.

Program is coodinated in partnership with the Autism Center of Pittsburgh

For more information about New Horizons, please call 412-281-2234.

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First Semester: September 4, 2018-January 12, 2019


Second Semester: January 21-May 18, 2019


Our professional facilities are safe and accessible. The CLO Academy is on the 8th floor of Penn Avenue Place at 130 CLO Academy Way, between Penn Avenue and Fort Duquesne Boulevard, across the street from Fifth Avenue Place. The CLO Academy houses several rehearsal studios, a student lounge, a waiting area for parents/chaperones, accessible restrooms and the Charles Gray Auditorium. Upon arrival to the Pittsburgh CLO Academy, all students are greeted and assisted by the Academy Security Monitor. This Monitor ensures a safe entry into the handicap accessible building for all students.

Free parking is available to New Horizons students and volunteers at the Alco Parking Garage located on 6th and Penn Avenues (across from Heinz Hall). Tickets are validated by the security guard.

Staff, Attendants and Volunteers

Our friendly staff is supported by many adult and student volunteers who assist New Horizon teachers and students with classroom activities. We encourage family and friends of students to contact us regarding volunteering.

Financial Assistance

Pittsburgh CLO awards partial and full need-based scholarships throughout the academic year to students who adequately demonstrate financial need and commitment to the program. Registration fees are waived for all New Horizons students.

For more information, visit our Scholarships and Financial Aid page or call 412-281-2234.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: My child has autism but is high functioning, and I do not want him separated from main stream education. How is your autism program different from others?

A: Our Creative Discovery Classes for children in the Autism Spectrum integrate mainstream Academy students into the class. This integration allows the children to observe and imitate student performers, as well as make a new friend.

Q: May I bring my child’s TSS to class with me?

A: Yes.