People with disabilities are underrepresented in the entertainment industry, especially pertaining to the performing arts. I think there is not enough opportunities for people with disabilities to take the stage. I think we really should have an open discussion and carefully make a casting decision with inclusion.
We are finding that artists with "invisible" disabilities struggle with revealing their disability. It would be nice to address this and identify a way to help them to safely expose the challenges they have fought for years to hide.
Observation, as it relates to students with disabilities and their "participation" in school arts programs. Their participation is low or non-existent because school arts programs are student selected and band/chorus/dance/theatre/etc teachers do not recruit for student participants. Many students with disabilities do not sign up to participate in school arts programs. One understandable reason is low self-esteem/confidence. ...more »
There are many jobs in announcing in the media, in business communications and in the entertainment fields. The normal route is to go to drama school and received full training as a stage actor. That is not necessary for performing as an off-screen announcer, for animated voices in videogames, radio, television, documentaries and business presentations. This kind of employment is ideal for people with disabilities, who ...more »
Given the socialized marginalization, it is understandable that Professional Artist with Disabilities prefer not to highlight their unique challenges when promoting and marketing their shows. However, I don't think they realize that are missing a huge opportunity to reach an audience that is under-served and in need of inspiration. Based on the latest Arts and Ability research, only 7% of LIVE entertainment-goers ...more »
I would like to see more support for artists to continue once they've graduated. It would be extremely helpful to have a "one stop shop" for displaying work, applying for competitions/grants and networking to enable those individuals who graduated from art college to develop into a successful artist post graduation. On a personal note, after graduate school, it was extremely difficult to continue working in the arts and ...more »
to be great nowadays you have to be creative in nature, creativity is the king, creativity is maximized, we are the king and queen of the designers , we are 1000 years ahead of others in lifestyles, be natured and nurturing in life
use arts to change our global world , use artists as a game changers in our society to better our children and mothers in future, arts as a social media to spread the word arts, use painters to paint our cities in green, arts and artists in one stage to be a game changers in our world, think arts global
Open Circle Theatre creates a professional theatre that integrates artists and arts administrators with and without disabilities. We then seek recognition and participation in the DC theatre scene so that artists with disabilities get seen and then cast and hired by other theatres. We truly believe that showing artists with disabilities in roles that others had not considered them for in the past not only gets these ...more »
Develop an application for job seekers to input what they are able to do, tasks which require accommodation to perform and what their limitations are. The application would then synthesize this data and produce a possible match for employment/jobs, which could then be matched against job posts that are a good fit for the prospective employee.
What are existing resources helpful to theatre directors who do not have the experience and would like full inclusion for people with disabilities in their "open calls" and productions?
What type of art/performance education/training would you have most benefited from during your primary and secondary education?
Please share great programs or resources that you've used or have taken part in.