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RespectAbility Entertainment Lab 2021 Team

Meet the RespectAbility Entertainment Lab 2021 Team

Unprecedented Opportunity for Entertainment Professionals with Disabilities

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:

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

Programmatic Team

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Lauren Appelbaum

SVP, Communications and Entertainment & News Media and Lab Founder

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Tatiana Lee

Senior Entertainment Media Associate

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Vanni Le

Entertainment Outreach Program Manager

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Lesley Hennen

Entertainment and News Media Associate

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Nasreen Alkhateeb

Senior Production Advisor

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Leah Romond

Senior Production Advisor

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Kiah Amara

Lab Program Fellow

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Kelley Cape

Lab Program Fellow

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Krista Ramirez-Villatoro

Lab Program Fellow

Mid-Career Track

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Amanda Upson


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Anna Marr

Writer (TV)

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Bella Cosper

Writer (TV)

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Cashmere Jasmine


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Courtney Wold


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Diane J. Wright


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Jennifer Valdes


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Julia Skikavich

Writer (TV)

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Juliet Romeo

Writer (TV)

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Justin Sloan

Writer (Film)

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Sam Zapiain

Post Production

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Sarah Granger

Writer (Film)

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Tameka Citchen-Spruce

Writer (Film)

Emerging Track

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Aaron Silverman

Physical Production

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Alaa Zabara


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Amanda Aguero

Physical Production

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Asha Chai-Chang


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Ben Fox


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Carmen Vincent

Post Production

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Carolyn Portner

Writer (TV)

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Colin Buckingham

Writer (Film)

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Gabby {G} Momah

Writer (Film)

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Harold Foxx


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Hilary Van Hoose

Writer (TV)

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Jessy Holtermann


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Kimisha Renee Davis


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Laquana Lightfoot

Writer (TV)

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Leo B. Allanach


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Nikki Bailey

Writer (TV)

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Ty Freedman

Writer (TV)

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