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Inclusion in the Arts in the News

ABC News WLS-TV Chicago: Goodman Theatre play Teddy Ferrara highlights struggles of gay, disabled youth
February 17, 2013 Race and Representation in Chicago Theater’ Conversation Begin at Victory Gardens Theater, January 31, 2013

Featuring Sharon Jensen  Disney’s THE LION KING and NEWSIES to Offer New Accessibility Services on Broadway, December 4, 2012

Los Angeles Times: TCM’s ‘The Projected Image’ puts spotlight on disabilities in film” Feature, October 1, 2012

ABC Radio Australia Drawing Room: “Defining Beauty : Who should get to play disabled characters on film and television?” September 19, 2012
Disability Advocate Christine Bruno and Photographer Rick Guidotti interviewed

Tomorrow Will Be Televised PodcastAugust 13, 2012

Disability Advocate Christine Bruno interviewed by Simon Applebaum

New York Times:  Aspiring to Conquer Crossover Acting Path: Russell Harvard Feature, April 10, 2012
Sharon Jensen interviewed by Kate Taylor

Black Enterprise: The Business of Broadway: Alicia Keys, Kenny Leon, Lydia Diamond and others represent the new look of Broadway
December 2011 
Sharon Jensen interviewed by Carolyn M. Brown

CNN Travel: Travel with Disabled Kids is a Challenge Worth the Effort, August 22, 2011
Sharon Jensen interviewed by Stephanie Steinberg

Tony Honor:  Advocating for Inclusion in the Entertainment Industry, June 8, 2011
Sharon Jensen interviewed by Andy Buck

Broadway Accessibility / Audience Expansion Initiative: May 31, 2011
WNYC, All Things Considered: May 31, 2011

Wall Street Journal, May 28, 2011
“Opening Up Broadway to All the Senses:
A Not-for-Profit Initiative Is Bringing Technology to Aid Blind and Deaf Theatergoers to Four New Productions” by Pia Catton

University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance News:  May 6, 2011
Sharon Jensen, BA ’69, MA ’71 (theatre), Executive Director of the Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts, has been selected to receive a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre

Sharon Jensen & Alliance – 2011 Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre: April 6, 2011
Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts announced that Sharon Jensen and Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts will receive the 2011 Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre awarded by the Tony Awards Administration Committee.
Tony Awards Official Website
New York Times ArtsBeat

Backstage: April 5, 2011
“Art and Activism for Actors With Disabilities”
Christine Toy Johnson is a playwright and actor. But she’s also an advocate, sitting on the board of directors of the Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts and serving as co-chair of Actors’ Equity Association’s Equal Employment Opportunity Committee.

Alliance Partners with Reelabilities Film Festival, February 7, 2011
The Alliance co-sponsored a screening of “The Red Chapel” on February 7th at the JCC in NYC.  A  discussion followed with panelists Sindy Gordon, film distributor Richard Lorber and moderator Lawrence Carter-Long.

Attitude TV New Zealand: October 2010
“Attitude in New York, Episode 5″
Disability Advocate Christine Bruno interviewed by Tanya Black

Colorado Springs, The Gazette:  September 24, 2010
“Drama of Race: Minority actors, directors and playwrights rare in local theater” by T.D. Mobley- Martinez

Wall Street Journal: September 16, 2010
Alliance Receives 2010 Award
NYC Theater Subdistrict Council Announces Grant Awards to Support Theater Production and Audience Development

Disney/ABC TV Group‘s Casting Project Presents 9th Annual NY Actors Showcase: August 25, 2010
“Many candidates entered the competition through AFTRA, SAG, Actors’ Equity, the Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts, or theatre companies and other organizations representing New York’s diverse theatrical community.”

AFTRA, EQUITY & SAG: “Deaf West Theatre” receives the Ivy Bethune Tri-Union Diversity Award: August 23, 2010
Alliance Board Member Linda Bove is the C0-founder of Deaf West Theatre and Serves on their Advisory Board

Japanese American Citizens League (JACL): August 5, 2010
Alliance Board Member Christine Toy Johnson Honored at “A Salute to Champions Gala,”  September 16, 2010

New York Times: December 12, 2009
Vision-Impaired Girl Gets Helen Keller Understudy
by Patrick Healy

Backstage: October 22, 2009
Backstage: Are the Disabled the Last Thought in the Diversity Business? by Simi Horwitz

City of New York Mayor’s Office of Film Theatre and Broadcasting: June 15, 2009
Alliance receives a “Made In New York” Award

City of New York Mayor’s Office of Film Theatre and Broadcasting: October 2008
Industry Star of the Month, Sharon Jensen, Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts