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Stephanie Rancier

RespectAbility Entertainment Professionals Lab, Summer 2019

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Stephanie Rancier

When Stephanie Rancier first saw E.T. the Extra Terrestrial as a very young child, she was scared to pieces and vowed to never lay eyes on the movie. Some years later while recovering from a life-changing medical trauma at 19-years-old, she broke her vow—after all, the hospital’s movie supply wasn’t infinite…. About two hours later, on a routine check, a caring nurse was suddenly alarmed with concern when she saw tears streaming down her face. She looked up at her and said, “Elliott doesn’t have his friend anymore.”

Even still, she always tells anyone who may inquire about her favorite films that E.T. taught her how to cry. “We all have certain movies and TV series that will always hold a special place in our hearts and memories — E.T. is just one of my favorites, but my second viewing experience is certainly when I realized that I wanted to help others by making impactful stories that hopefully have significant meaning for others whether though tears, laughter, or hopefully both.”

Ever since, she sprung from that hospital in her native Texas, she has been on an untiring quest to fulfill her goal and work in the film and television industry. While finishing her Bachelor’s degree in History from Texas A&M, she got the news she earned admission to the graduate program at the USC Film School for Film and TV production. While earning her Master’s degree, she quickly learned that producing is not only her strong suit, but also the ultimate career goal I continue to work passionately for.


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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