RespectAbility Entertainment Professionals Lab, Summer 2022
Roma Murphy is a writer and comedian. She was raised in Brooklyn, NY, which gave her a fondness for cranky assholes that show up constantly in her writing. She was born with Arthrogryposis, a joint disorder that limits her strength and range of motion in multiple limbs, and she uses a walker, cane, or a mobility scooter depending on how much exercise she thinks she needs on a given day. She moved to Los Angeles in 2016, ostensibly to study Writing for Screen and Television in USC’s BFA program, but mostly because she was sick of waiting for random strangers to lift her and her walker over curb-cut snow piles during New York winters. After graduating in 2020, she wrote for short-form digital storytelling startups and nontraditional political marketing companies. She also participated in the 2020 Disruptors Fellowship and the 2021 Hillman Grad Mentorship Lab. She is now a Script Coordinator at Dreamworks Animation and is having the time of her life.
As a comedy writer, Murphy is fascinated by how we cope with living under oppressive systems — specifically, the self-sabotaging ways that keep us from ever truly being happy (her comedy is dark). She once dreamed of making the world a better place with her art, but now she’ll settle for just not making it worse.
After an extensive search and interview process, 20 individuals were invited to participate in the Los Angeles Cohort of RespectAbility’s 2022 Entertainment Lab taking place June 7 – July 14, 2022. This 6-week, 18-session Lab aims to further develop and elevate the talent pipeline of diverse professionals with disabilities working behind-the-scenes in television, film, and streaming. Participants include people with physical, cognitive, sensory, mental health, and other disabilities ranging in age from people in their 20’s through their 50’s. The Lab is a recipient of The Roddenberry Foundation Impact Award.
The Los Angeles Cohort of the 2022 Entertainment Lab is made possible with support by:
- Platinum Sponsors: Murray/Reese Foundation and Netflix
- Gold Sponsors: The Harnisch Foundation, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and The Walt Disney Company
- Silver Sponsors: Hollywood Foreign Press Association Charitable Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, and NBCUniversal
- Location Sponsors: Bunim-Murray Productions, DreamWorks Animation, Endeavor, Lionsgate, Nielsen, and ROSIES Foundation