RespectAbility Entertainment Professionals Lab, Summer 2023
Matthew Charles is a Black writer hailing from Minnesota. After graduating from Chapman University with a Bachelors in Screenwriting, he’s made the rounds writing on all sorts of projects including short films, video games, online nerd magazines, podcasts, D&D books, and more.
A type-1 diabetic, he’s got enough technology hooked up to him now that he prefers to think of himself as a cyborg. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, biking, cooking, and playing games of all kinds.
After an extensive search and interview process, 20 individuals were invited to participate in the Los Angeles Cohort of RespectAbility’s 2023 Entertainment Lab taking place May 1 – June 9, 2023. This 6-week Lab aims to develop and elevate the talent pipeline of disabled entertainment professional working behind-the-scenes in television, film, and streaming, while connecting them with industry professionals and creatives. Participants include people with physical, cognitive, sensory, mental health, and other disabilities ranging in age the 20’s through the 50’s. The Lab is a recipient of The Roddenberry Foundation Impact Award.