News: AAPD Releases 2013 Compendium on Disability Statistics

  • December 11th, 2013

Gap in Employment for People with Disabilities Remains Too Wide Washington, DC (December 11, 2013) – Today, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the nation’s largest disability rights organization, is pleased to announce the publication of the 2013 Compendium on Disability Statistics. The gap in employment for people with disabilities compared to people without disabilities…

Commentary: What’s Your Next Move, Lorne Michaels?

  • November 4th, 2013

As the first step in a long-overdue effort to address an ongoing deficiency in its casting practices, the opening sketch of this week’s Saturday Night Live wasn’t bad. In the wake of ongoing questions about its decades-long lack of black female cast members (only four in almost 40 years), the show had gone seriously wrong…

“When I Walk” opens Friday October 25th in NYC

  • October 25th, 2013

When I Walk opens in NYC at IFC Center on October 25th! THE FILM In 2006, 25-year-old Jason DaSilva was on vacation at the beach with family when, suddenly, he fell down. He couldn’t get back up. His legs had stopped working; his disease could no longer be ignored. Just a few months earlier doctors…

Actors for Autism receives a $4,000 Quality of Life Grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation for “Meet the Biz Workshops”

  • September 23rd, 2013

SHERMAN OAKS, CA – SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 – ACTORS FOR AUTISM is proud to announce that it has received a $4,000 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.  The award was one of 76 grants totaling almost $427,000 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide more opportunities,…

Commentary: Non-traditional casting is not a two-way street

  • July 25th, 2013

Inclusion in the Arts’ Executive Director, Sharon Jensen, wrote this piece for the “Mister Producer” blog on the London based website The Stage, in response to to the blog’s author Richard Jordan’s earlier piece on colour-blind casting. Philosophically, the world—including theatre, film and television—to which we all aspire is one in which everyone has the…

Oscar Winner James Earl Jones Receives the Inclusion in the Arts ‘Champion of Diversity Award’

  • July 15th, 2013

Linda Earle, President of Inclusion in the Arts, Honoree James Earl Jones, Host Loreen Arbus & Presenter Courtney B. Vance. Congratulations to James Earl Jones, the true Alpha Dog. What is an “alpha dog?” By definition, an alpha dog is someone who is seen as brave, confident, strong and successful in his or her own right….

Courtney B. Vance presents James Earl Jones with Inclusion in the Arts’ Champion of Diversity Award July 9, 2013

  • July 11th, 2013

James Earl Jones (l), Courtney B. Vance (r) Photo by Ric Kallaher  (New York, New York, July 11, 2013) – Inclusion in the Arts’ Champion of Diversity award was presented Tuesday, November 9, to JAMES EARL JONES at the home of host Loreen Arbus in New York City At a ceremony presented by Inclusion in the Arts…

Backstage Experts “3 Things Actors Should Know About Race on Stage” by Harvey Young

  • June 18th, 2013

On occasion, someone—usually a friend in the arts—will tell me, “I don’t see race.” It’s a well-meaning comment expressing, perhaps, a commitment to seeing people as individuals and not as stereotypes. Of course, it is almost impossible not to “see race” in the performing arts. The centrality of vision in theater structures almost every aspect… “THE PENALTY” Q&A preview with Artistic Director, Actor & Producer Gregg Mozgala

  • June 11th, 2013

What is your show about? Inspired by the 1920 Lon Chaney silent film of the same name, The Penalty is the story of a legless criminal who has sworn revenge on the doctor who wrongfully amputated his legs as a child. When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why? The…

Push Girls, Ironside & My Gimpy Life

  • May 31st, 2013

Images of people with disabilities are finally starting to appear on regularly scheduled television shows. First, The Sundance Channel launched “Push Girls.” This docudrama is about four ladies who are wheelchair-users that live in LA–portrayed by actresses with authentic disabilities. Then there is NBC’s “Ironside,” which is about a disabled police officer. Yet, Blair Underwood,…