Executive Staff

Lillian Cho, Interim Executive Director

Lillian Cho joined the Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts in April 2017 as Interim Executive Director to oversee its leadership transition. She is a consultant for nonprofit organizations focused on culture and social justice. Her areas of expertise include transition/leadership succession, project management, strategic partnerships, community engagement, board development, fundraising, and overall capacity building. With more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit development as a leader, volunteer and board member, she is also an advocate for creative placemaking, complete streets, and urban revitalization planning initiatives in NJ.

As executive director of the Asian American Arts Alliance from 1996 to 2010, Lillian led advocacy efforts to increase funding and visibility for diverse Asian American cultural communities throughout NYC, earning her representative positions with the New York City Arts Coalition and the Chinatown Partnership Local Development Corporation. Early in her career she worked at the Big Apple Circus and INTAR [Hispanic American] Theater. She currently serves as Board Treasurer for Ping Chong & Company and as a curator for Lincoln Center Out of Doors’ La Casita (spoken word & music) Festival. She has also served on numerous grant panels for local and national programs at public agencies and nonprofits, including ArtPlace America’s National Creative Placemaking Fund, New York State Council on the Arts, and the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee’s NY Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards. Lillian is an alumnus of the Coro Leadership New York (LNY24) Program and the Support Center|Partnerships in Philanthropy Interim Executive Leadership Program. As a member of NYC’s beloved taiko group, Soh Daiko, Lillian has performed on the same stage as the late Queen of R & B, Ruth Brown and world-renown KODO taiko group in Japan. She holds a B.A. in Art History from Colgate University, and currently resides in the Garden State with her family.

Christine Bruno, Disability Advocate

Christine Bruno, Disability Advocate, who joined Inclusion in the Arts in 2005 has a varied background as an actor, director and coach. She has represented Inclusion in the Arts at symposiums, forums, panels, resource events and radio outlets across the country and internationally at film and arts festivals in Melbourne, Australia and Manchester, England. A proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA, Christine is the Chair of the New York Local SAG-AFTRA PWD Committee, a member of the SAG-AFTRA National Committee for Performers with Disabilities, the SAG-AFTRA/AMPTP PWD Task Force, Actors’ Equity EEO Committee and a member of The Actors Studio. She has an MFA in Acting and Directing from the New School and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Skidmore College, where she received a BA in Theatre and Political Science.  As a performer and director, Christine has worked throughout the U.S., across the U.K. and in Australia. Her selected credits include her one-woman show, Screw You, Jimmy Choo!; the world-premiere musicals The Ugly Girl and Raspberry, The Glass Menagerie, Jose Rivera’s adaption of The Maids, TV’s Law & Order, the independent films iCreep, Flatbush Luck, This is Where We Live, and the award-winning short, Trouble on High.

David Harrell, Disability and Programming Associate

David Harrell is an actor, speaker, disability advocate who has been with Inclusion in the Arts since 2009. Previously, he served as Accessibility and Outreach Director for the Raleigh Ensemble Players Theatre Company (REP) from 2002-2004. He was awarded the Triangle Access Award from the Alliance of Disability Advocates in 2004 for his work at REP; he presented with REP at the VSA International Festival in 2005 and served on the Board of Directors for Arts Access in Raleigh, NC.  He holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi and a M.F.A. in Theatre Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His one-man show, A Little Potato and Hard to Peel was nominated for a 2010 New York Innovative Theatre Award for “Outstanding Solo Performance” and won the Journalist Choice Award in the Monomaffia Festival in Parnu, Estonia. He serves on the NY Local Performers with Disabilities Committee with SAG-AFTRA and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Simi Linton, Ph.D., Disability Arts Consultant

As a writer, consultant and public speaker, Simi Linton is one of America’s foremost experts on disability and the arts.  She works with a diverse range of cultural organizations—theatre companies, film and television producers, museums, nonprofit arts organizations, universities, and other groups across the country—to improve and increase the way disability is represented and depicted in all art forms.  She is the author of Claiming Disability: Knowledge and Identity (New York University Press, 1998), and the memoir My Body Politic (University of Michigan Press, 2006). Currently, Linton is Co-Director/Producer of the documentary film, Invitation to Dance, about disability and dance.  For more information, please visit www.similinton.com.

One Response to “Executive Staff”

  1. Rosanne Calahan says:

    Hi, I have a 32 year old son with autism that loves movies. He worked at a cinema for 10 years and was then laid off. He has 57 credits completed from our local college but no degree because he could not pass math. He took 2 classes at the Illinois Institue of Art. He is very interested in doing anything that relates to movies. Do you kow of any opportunities in the Chicagoland area? somewhere else? Thanks you in advance for your response!

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