Meet the Alliance’s Accessibility Consultants
Christopher G. Roberts
Christopher G. Roberts has over 20 years of experience in professional theatre. He has an MFA degree in acting from Brooklyn College and a BA degree in theater from the University at Buffalo. As an actor, he has appeared on some of HBO’s original series like “OZ” and “Sex in the City,” in national network commercials, as well as on several daytime dramas. In addition, his regional and international credits include Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, McCarter Theater in Princeton, New Jersey, Exile Theater in Northern Ireland and The Manhattan Theater Club.
Christopher is also a playwright, and has written several one act plays. His first full-length play, “Reflections of a Heart,” was produced off Broadway at The Clurmen Theatre in June 2010. During his tenure as a director and teacher for various arts institutions and public schools, he has taught over 2,000 children from grades K through 12. Along with coaching professional actors, Christopher has served as a panelist at The National Congress of Acting Teachers (‘08); at the Actors Fest, a conference for the New York City Performing Arts community (‘07); and at the NEA’s National Summit on Careers in the Arts, sponsored by The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (‘09). Christopher was the Accessibility Consultant for both the revival of Finian’s Rainbow and the revival of The Miracle Worker on Broadway (‘10). Christopher is also featured with one of his two longtime mentors: Stephen McKinley Henderson, as well as with other various well known artists such as Sidney Poitier, Gene Hackman, and Laura Linney, in the groundbreaking book, Acting Teachers of America: A Vital Tradition.
Christopher was the Assistant Director for Julliard’s acclaimed production of August Wilson’s “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” directed by his other mentor, the late Israel Hicks. As the Producing Artistic Director of Steppingstone Theatre Company (SSTC), a not-for-profit arts organization, Christopher started 2010/2011 by producing a reading of the winning script of SSTC’s Millennium Playwrighting Contest at New York’s famed Signature Theatre.
This is Guthrie’s second collaboration with the Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts as a Accessibility Consultant. Broadway: Big River. Off Broadway: Children of a Lesser God. Regional: Lion In Winter, Aurora Leigh. Television: Nurse Jackie, Law and Order: SVU, Law and Order CI. Interpreted Shows: PaperMill: Hello Dolly, It’s A Wonderful Life, Pirates. Fulton Opera House: Dracula. Co-created works: Where Thou Art. For the last 8 years, Guthrie has provided tours in ASL for a variety of audiences in four different museums in New York City. These museums include: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, Intrepid Air & Space Museum and the Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art. Guthrie has worked within the theater and entertainment industry, previously as an actor and now as a producer and educator. He has worked with IDEAS and now TDF in bringing theatre experiences to young audiences at schools. He also works as an ASL educator at several locations since 2007. Great thanks to Sharon, Christine, David and Sindy. Please check guthrienutter.com for future updates!
Alexandria Wailes has a BFA in Modern Dance from University of the Arts. She was classically trained in dance from the age of three and since university, has choreographed numerous pieces that combine visual/non-verbal expression with contemporary dance. As a Deaf artist, Ms. Wailes always felt at ease with dance and movement. She discovered early on that the communications of the body, through dance, is universal and defies spoken languages.
During the summer of 2002, one of her choreographies was featured at Deaf Way 2; LUCID FLIP.
2005 premiered NEITHER YOU NOR I, a piece she co-choreographed and performed for Chashama Summer Festival in NYC. Between 1999- 2002 She choreographed a few pieces for MSSD’S Winter Dance Concerts and Gallaudet University’s Young Scholars Program.
In 2008, Ms. Wailes was the choreographer for the artist- Sia- and her music video: SOON WE WILL BE FOUND.
In addition to being well-versed in dance, her professional credits as an actor include Broadway: BIG RIVER; NY/Regional: MOTHER COURAGE (w. Meryl Streep), FETES DE LA NUIT, PIPPIN, THE WILD BOYS, SLEEPING BEAUTY WAKES, BIG RIVER; Television: LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT, NURSE JACKIE, CONVICTION; Film: ALWAYS CHASING LOVE, FREEDOM IS NOT FREE. Ms Wailes received a 2007 LA Ovation nomination for ‘Best Lead Female in a Musical’ for SLEEPING BEAUTY WAKES. In her spare time, she’s working on original plays, is a teaching artist for drama/movement, teaches ASL and is an educator at several museums in NYC.
Founder and curator of the disTHIS! Film Series, and former Executive Director of the Disabilities Network of NYC, Lawrence Carter Long is widely recognized for his expertise in communications and media. Frequently sought as media spokesperson on a wide variety of issues ranging from media portrayal of disability, self-determination, medical ethics and important quality of life issues like employment, transportation and housing.
Lawrence has served on the board of directors of the Society for Disability Studies and the Disability Opportunity Fund . He is an adviser for the NYC’s Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts, and on the steering committee of ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival.
As a result of his advocacy, Lawrence was awarded the Frieda Zames Advocacy Award from NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg , and the 2010 Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award from the American Association of People with Disabilities. He was appointed to the National Council on Disability as their Public Affairs Specialist in May 2011.