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Natalie Gross

RespectAbility Entertainment Professionals Lab, Summer 2019

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Natalie Gross

Natalie Gross is a model, writer, actress and dancer. A California native, she is from a small city in the suburbs of Los Angeles county. Currently Natalie freelances as a publicity coordinator, creating pitches, press releases and blog posts, as well as coordinating media placements. She earned her B.S. in Communications, with an emphasis in public relations, from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in 2014. 

In addition, her acting career began in 2017 when she played the young firecracker named Harmony in her first theater production Insight. Last year she appeared on ABC’s Speechless as a young film student. She currently is working on her first short film Worthy. Natalie is also a talented dancer and dances with the professional team infinite flow. She’s also a very unique vocalist and songwriter and expects to release her debut EP Tears by the end of 2019.


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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