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Marissa Erickson

RespectAbility Entertainment Professionals Lab, Summer 2019

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Marissa Erickson

Marissa Erickson is a Freelance Film Production Crew member with on-set experience. She believes that all people, no matter their ability, deserve to have their story told. Marissa lives that philosophy every single day; from immersing herself in her studies and graduating from Wayfinder at Fresno State, California, to her dedication in learning the film industry at Joey Travolta’s Inclusion Film Workshop.

Marissa brought her “Can Do” attitude to three feature-film productions that have taken her on location across the states to Vermont, Georgia and Colorado. She can be found working behind the camera, in craft food services and as an on-set PA and Boom Microphone Operator. Marissa enjoys the challenge and the rewards of living a story worth telling.

She currently is working on a student film production as a set designer.


After an extensive search and interview process, 22 individuals were invited to participate in RespectAbility’s Summer 2019 Lab for Entertainment Professionals. This 5-week, nine-session innovative summer lab series for people interested in – and with experience in – development, production and post-production, including careers as writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, animators and other production roles, takes place June 18 – July 18, 2019. Participants include diverse people with physical, cognitive, sensory, mental health and other disabilities. Learn more:

This program, which continues building the talent pipeline of young professionals with disabilities looking to work behind the scenes, is made possible with support by: Comcast NBCUniversalJonathan Murray and The Walt Disney Company.

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Eric Ascher

Eric Ascher is the Communications Associate for RespectAbility. He is responsible for supporting RespectAbility’s Vice President, Communications in developing and implementing advocacy efforts and communications of various types. Ascher manages RespectAbility’s social media channels, website and emails; organizes and develops webinars; and supervises Communications Fellows.

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