Queens Theatre to Offer Free Training for Early-Career Actors With Disabilities | Playbill

Industry News Queens Theatre to Offer Free Training for Early-Career Actors With Disabilities Applications are now open for the new training program for Deaf and disabled performers.
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New York City's Queens Theatre is now accepting applications for its free fall training program for early-career Deaf and disabled actors. Part of the organization's Theatre For All initiative, the new two-week program will run September 16–28 and will be made up of various workshops culminating in a showcase performance.

All workshops and events will take place at Queens Theatre in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Actors will be selected through an application process through August 22; click here for more information on the application process and requirements.

The workshops on offer will include: Acting for the Camera, Acting for the Stage, Movement, Voice, Improv, Auditioning, and Commercials. The roster of teachers includes Vincent D'Onofrio (Daredevil, Jurassic World), Brigid Brady (The Phantom of the Opera, Gossip Girl), Christine Bruno (Law & Order), Pat Shay (Improviser and faculty member at The PIT), producer and casting director Stephen DeAngelis, and actor and designated Linklater Voice teacher Liz Eckert. Additional instructors to be announced.

"Our goal with this program is to support skill-building and to help actors cultivate relationships, with their fellow students and with industry professionals,” says Queens Theatre's executive director Taryn Sacramone. “We are excited to spotlight these talented early-career actors and expand our own artistic family in the process.”

Gregg Mozgala, TFA Advisor, Actor and Founding Artistic Director of The Apothetae―a company dedicated to producing works that explore the disabled experience―believes such a program is long overdue.

"If I could go back in time to the start of my career, I would want to be part of Theatre For All. Representation matters. Not only on the stage and screen, but in training environments like the one Queens Theatre has so painstakingly and passionately created,” adds Gregg Mozgala, TFA advisor, actor (Cost of Living, Teenage Dick) and founding artistic director of The Apothetae. “There is no other program like it in the country. Queens Theatre understands that truly inclusive theatre is about reflecting the experience of ALL of us."

For more information visit Queenstheatre.org.

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