Maestra is partnering with ACCESS Broadway NY and CO/LAB Theater Group, to present our first-ever Accessibility Workshop Series. These three workshops aim to create a more inclusive working environment by increasing accessibility in both the rehearsal room and performance space. Facilitated by ACCESS Broadway NY’s Founder, Maria Porto and CO/LAB Theater Group, the Accessibility Workshop Series—with the mission of RISE Theatre, a program of Maestra— offers guidance on how to proactively support and include an often underrepresented community.
The three-part workshop series is FREE and offered online via Zoom with the scheduled events listed below. You do not have to be a member of Maestra to participate.
ACCESS Broadway NY
Join ACCESS Broadway NY founder and ADA advisor & disability consultant Maria Porto in a 90-minute workshop that will include a brief overview of the history of disability in America and will challenge some of the barriers currently existing on Broadway for musicians with disabilities. We will investigate how to move into an ally role within our own work, and we will discuss the reclamation of power in words and identity.
Learning the Notes: a panel focused on Disability representation on Broadway for musicians. Join Moderator Shane Dittmar, composer/music director, for a panel discussion focusing on and highlighting the careers of Disabled Musicians/Composers in theater.
Featured panelists include: Nicole D’Angelo (How To Dance in Ohio), Julia Schade (Six), Jennifer Gray (Florida Music Director), and Stephanie L. Carlin (Two Anxious Bisexuals).
CO/LAB Theater Group Join CO/LAB Theater Group for a professional development workshop designed to inspire participants to question how inclusive their practices are. CO/LAB Theater Group is a non-profit organization that provides individuals with developmental disabilities a creative and social outlet through theater arts. In this workshop, two Teaching Artists and two Leaders (seasoned CO/LAB actors with developmental disabilities) will lead attendees through activities and discussion around best practices for creating a welcoming neurodiverse environment that centers access and care. We hope participants leave prepared to interrupt on behalf of accessibility in their next creative or professional space.