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Ru Kazi

RespectAbility Entertainment Professionals Lab, Summer 2019

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Ru Kazi

A graduate of the Stella Adler Conservatory for Acting, Ru Kazi has acted in both contemporary and classical plays, directed a critically acclaimed theatre production of OUR LADY OF 121ST STREET from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis at The Victory Theatre in Burbank, and has made television appearances in shows such as 2 BROKE GIRLS, NCIS and a recurring role on NBC’s THE GOOD PLACE. Kazi has made several award-winning short films, including LAST TO REPEAT, nominated for 12 awards, including Best Director and runner up for Best Film, and winner in the Cinematography and Sound Design categories at the 2015 Los Angeles 48 Hour Film Festival. Kazi regularly performs improv comedy as a main-stage player at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Second City Hollywood, and The Improv Space. In Kazi’s free time, Kazi plays drums in a social justice punk rock band that regularly plays at famed Sunset Strip venues such as Whiskey-A-Go-Go and The Rainbow Room. Kazi was cast as a lead in a world-premiere play called THE SPANISH PRAYER BOOK which will run during the Fall of 2019 at The Road Theatre. The play will also star journeyman actors Stephen Tobolowsky (GLEE, DEADWOOD) and Bruce Katzman (LAW & ORDER, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM).


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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