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Headshots of 20 RespectAbility 2022 in-person Entertainment Lab Participants

RespectAbility Entertainment Lab 2022 Team

After an extensive search and interview process, 40 individuals were invited to participate in RespectAbility’s 2022 Entertainment Lab. Twenty individuals participated in the Los Angeles Cohort, June 7 – July 14, 2022, and 18 individuals and one writing duo were invited to participate in the Virtual Cohort 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

Thank You to 2022 Lab Sponsors

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 for the Los Angeles Cohort: Bunim-Murray Productions, DreamWorks Animation, Lionsgate, Nielsen, and ROSIES Foundation
  • Screenwriting software Final Draft, which forged a multi-year partnership in 2020 with RespectAbility, will provide free licenses of Final Draft 12 for Lab participants, as well as other educational resources

Programmatic Team

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Isabella Vargas

Entertainment Media and Lab Apprentice

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Jacquill Moss

Entertainment Media Program Coordinator

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Lauren Appelbaum

SVP, Communications and Entertainment & News Media and Lab Founder

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Leah Romond

Senior Production Advisor

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Lesley Hennen

Entertainment and News Media Associate

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Nasreen Alkhateeb

Senior Production Advisor

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Vanni Le

Entertainment Outreach Program Manager

Los Angeles Cohort

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Abigail Bruley

Writing (Film)

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Ayla Harrison

Writing (Film)

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Crystal Garcia


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David Bornstein


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Eden Hadad


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Emily Timmerman

Writing (Film)

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Erika Ellis

Writing (TV)

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Jackie Todd

Writing (TV)

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Jacqueline Gerdne

Physical Production

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Jeremy Hsing

Writing (TV)

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John McDonough

Writing (TV)

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Lonzo Bentley


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Monique Moreau

Writing (TV)

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Morani Kornberg

Writing (TV)

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Peter Lee

Writing (TV)

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Roma Murphy

Writing (TV)

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Scott Jones


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Sheridan O’Donnell


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Sofie Lebow

Writing (TV)

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Vanessa Pegram

Writing (TV)

Virtual Cohort

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Aisha Almada


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Alys Murray

Writing (Film)

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Angel Williams

Writing (TV)

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Ariel Baska


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Cameron S. Mitchell


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Charo Mato


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Chris and Charlie Frazier

Writing (Film)

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Writing (Film)

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Graham Kent

Writing (TV)

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Heather Taylor

Writing (TV)

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Isabella Vargas

Writing (Film)

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Kimberly Manky

Writing (TV)

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Matt Opatrny

Writing (TV)

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Maureen McEly

Writing (Film)

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Nina Mahesh

Writing (TV)

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Ophira Calof

Writing (TV)

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Samuel Krauss

Writing (TV)

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Sarah Fischer

Writing (TV)

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Stephanie Dower


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