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HIPPOLife is Healing Through Art

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“I’m an actor and a coach.” OK. What else?  After teaching acting on Hollywood Row for years, Anthony Gilardi of Anthony Gilardi Acting Studio wanted to do more. He did. He created HIPPOLife, a non-profit dedicated to using art as a means of rehabilitation, social awareness, creative expression, empowerment, and helping his fellow man/woman.  I recently sat down with Anthony to find out more. Forming a nonprofit and creating active ...

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What do you mean, Diversity?

Do you want to start an impassioned discussion? Get a range of opinions you didn’t even know existed? Mention the word, “Diversity.”   Boom, there it is.   The word that is fraught with contention, loaded with preconception and armed with rampant militancy. It is an ideal that is sought, a concept that is at times avoided, and for most part, profoundly misunderstood. As a nation, we ...

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The Diversity Conversation Lands on Broadway

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Broadway World:  2015 saw a rise in the discussion about diversity, the way that different members of society are portrayed in mainstream art and have access to mainstream art creation.  Whether focused on gender, sexual orientation, skin tone, or physical disability, the conversation that mainstream art must represent the whole of society – in both subject and artistic participants – has attracted widespread attention.  Locally, StageRaw.com ...

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Video: Deaf West’s Spring Awakening Performance on Late Night with Seth Meyers

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Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakenings continues to gain national attention with their cast performance of “Touch Me” on Late Night with Seth Meyers, November 23, 2015.  Marlee Matlin, who is making her Broadway debut in the production, signs the introduction.  This show began its life in a small 99-seat theater before moving to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills and ...

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Video: 99 Seat-to-Broadway Production of Spring Awakening at White House

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As part of the celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the cast of Deaf West’s 99-seat-to-Broadway production of Spring Awakening  was invited to perform at the White House on November 18, 2015. The program officially recognized the origins of this production in a 99 seat theater with funding by the National Endowment for the Arts: This is the start of the Spring Awakening  portion ...

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Video Profile: Ali Stroker, the First Actor in a Wheelchair to Perform on Broadway

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Ali Stroker has been spotlighted in several articles recently.  Here are two very different video profiles of her, the first actor in a wheelchair to perform on Broadway:  

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Special Section in American Theatre Magazine covers Artists with Disabilities

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The November 2015 issue of American Theatre Magazine includes a special section covering theater artists with disabilities and associated topics: Deaf and disabled theatre artists have been claiming a place on American stages for their stories and their bodies for some time now. The larger field is—perhaps too slowly, if not too late—recognizing these as the newest fronts in representing full human diversity onstage.

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Disability in Theater: What’s Taking So Long?

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@ This Stage: In recent weeks, a 28-year-old actor named Ali Stroker has been making headlines across theater-news outlets. The reason: She’s the first performer who uses a wheelchair to be cast in a Broadway production. Stroker, who plays Anna in North Hollywood-based Deaf West Theatre‘s production of Spring Awakening (which is now Ovation Nominated), has been building momentum for years. The appearance of Stroker’s ...

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