Are you interested in learning more about inclusive artistic practices for people with disabilities? Join us for a conversation around current inclusive practices in the performing arts including Relaxed Performance methodology, prior to a Relaxed Performance of Touretteshero's Not I by Samuel Beckett.
Hear from experts in the field, as well as colleagues at various stages of implementing inclusive practices. Broaden your horizons and bring your questions as we seek to share knowledge, inspire conversation, and create connections for people with disabilities on our stages, in our audiences, and behind the scenes. Panelists include Christine Bruno, Matthew Pountney, Alexandria Waile, and Sofiya Cheyenne.
Christine Bruno received her MFA in acting and directing from the New School, is a member of The Actors Studio and works nationally and internationally as an actor, director, teaching artist, and disability inclusion consultant for the entertainment industry. She sits on the NY Local Board of SAG-AFTRA, is Chair of the NY SAG-AFTRA Performers with Disabilities (PWD) Committee, serves on the SAGAFTRA National PWD and Actors’ Equity EEOC Committees, and was the Freelance Disability Consultant for the Cultural Plan for the City of New York. Christine served as Disability Advocate for the Tony Honor winning nonprofit Inclusion in the Arts from 2005 until its closure in December 2017. Her selected Off-Broadway and regional theatre credits include The Glass Menagerie; world premieres of Bekah Brunstetter’s Public Servant; The Maids (adaptation by Jose Rivera); The Good Daughter; musicals The Ugly Girl and Raspberry (UK tours); and her solo show, Screw You, Jimmy Choo! Selected film and TV credits include Law & Order; Hungry, Ready to Ride; iCreep, the award winning short, Trouble on High; the award-winning independent features Flatbush Luck; This is Where We Live. www.Christine-Bruno.com; www.BrunoDisabilityInclusion.com
Matthew Pountney is co-founder and co-artistic director of Touretteshero. He is a participatory artist with a specialism in inclusive practice having worked with disabled children and young people for the past 25 years. Matthew is the director of Not I.
Alexandria Wailes’ Director of Artistic Sign Language credentials include the revival of Broadway’s Children Of a Lesser God; King Lear plus numerous off Broadway and regional theatre. TV/Film: This Close S. 1 & 2; Quantico S.3; A Quiet Place 1 & 2; Wonderstruck. Ms. Wailes has advised ASL interpreted teams for Hands On and TDF on shows such as Dear Evan Hansen, Aladdin, Book of Mormon, School of Rock, Kinky Boots and Therese Raquin to name a few. Honored to be ASL consulting on this production of Not I for the Under the Radar festival. For Ms. Wailes’ acting credentials, go to www.alexandriawailes.com
Sofiya Cheyenne is a New York based performance artist, educator, and disability advocate. She has appeared on TV shows such as “At Home With Amy Sedaris”, “StartUP” and AUDIENCENetworks “Loudermilk.” Her favorite theatre credits include The Briefly Dead at 59E59, Other World at Baryshnikov Arts Center, and Guys and Dolls at Theater Under The Stars. Sofiya is the Committee Chair of the Dwarf Artist Coalition of Little People of America and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Access Champions Podcast, where she continually advocates for people of short stature on the stage and off. When she is not performing, Sofiya is a passionate educator, using imaginative play & creativity to teach kids about empathy and see life through an anti bullying lens. Through her advocacy and speaking engagements she brings character enrichment programs to people of all of ages and encourages a diverse and inclusive culture.
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