RespectAbility Entertainment Professionals Lab, Summer 2021
Diane is a screenwriter and a DEI-certified creative content consultant. She collaborates with producers, directors, and screenwriters on screenplays, bibles, pitch decks, and casting to create entertainment with authentic, inclusive, respectful representation of historically excluded communities.
Diane brings lived experience as an Afro-Caribbean, biracial, invisibly disabled Canadian-American, a neurodivergent perspective, advanced degrees in narrative and behavioral studies, and experience across multiple formats and genres. Her projects have secured notable cast and greenlight funding, taken top prizes at premiere festivals, and have been broadcast and released internationally. Her original works have won multiple awards and placed in competition including in the top 15% in the Nicholl Fellowship.
After learning she’s autistic with ADHD at the age of 42, Diane founded Autastic.com, a community of thousands of late-identified autistic adults and some of the only spaces dedicated to autistic people of color.
Get in touch @dianejwright (TW) @JinJin3000 (IG) and at dianejwright.com.
After an extensive search and interview process, 30 individuals were invited to participate in RespectAbility’s Summer 2021 Lab for Entertainment Professionals. This 8-week, 24-session virtual 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, will take place June 22 – August 12, 2021. Participants include diverse people with physical, cognitive, sensory, mental health and other disabilities. This Lab is a recipient of The Roddenberry Foundation Impact Award. Learn more: www.respectability.org/respectability-la-lab.
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:
- Platinum Sponsors: Murray/Reese Foundation, The Harnisch Foundation, Pop Culture Collaborative, Sony Pictures Entertainment and The Walt Disney Company
- Gold Sponsors: A&E and Final Draft
- Silver Sponsors: NBCUniversal and ViacomCBS