RespectAbility Entertainment Professionals Lab, Summer 2022
Angel Williams is a writer and producer who hails from Washington, D.C but currently lives in Denver, CO. Although Angel used writing as a coping mechanism since childhood, it wasn’t until she was given the opportunity to attend a Writers Guild Initiative, a program that was started by the WGA in partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project, that she was encouraged to consider doing more with her writing. A few of the mentors guided her on how to take her stories and turn them into screenplays. Thus, Williams, a disabled US Army veteran and mother of three (two of her children are diagnosed with ASD) turned her passion into a career. Even after having a stroke, she has not given up on the opportunities to be creative. Angel has goals of not only telling the stories of those who live with non-visible disabilities but to be successful in writing multiple genres. She is currently in pre-production of a sci-fi series, Stone Fate, and developing a based on a true story basketball limited series.
After an extensive search and interview process, 18 individuals and one writing duo were invited to participate in the Virtual Cohort of RespectAbility’s 2022 Entertainment Lab taking place August 16 – September 22, 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 Virtual 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