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RespectAbility Entertainment Lab 2023 Team

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.

Programmatic Team

Los Angeles Cohort

Amelia Swedeen smiling headshot

Amelia Swedeen

TV Writer

Annie Hayes headshot wearing a blue baseball cap

Annie Hayes

TV Writer

Catherine Argyrople smiling headshot wearing a black dress

Catherine Argyrople


Chrissy Marshall smiling headshot wearing a black blazer and a white shirt

Chrissy Marshall

Film Writer

Christopher James smiling headshot wearing a blue dress shirt

Christopher James

TV Writer

Danielle Monique smiling headshot wearing a dark striped shirt

Danielle Monique

TV Writer

Illustration of Iqsa Aqilah holding a lightsaber

Iqsa Aqilah


Jayla Hodge smiling headshot wearing a black and white dress

Jayla Hodge


Jules Dameron headshot smiling

Jules Dameron


Katey Darling headshot with her arms crossed

Katey Darling


Lorena Gordon headshot wearing a hat and a grey jacket

Lorena Gordon


Maggie Whittum headshot wearing a purple shirt

Maggie Whittum


Matthew Charles smiling headshot outside in front of trees

Matthew Charles

Film Writer

Michael Busza smiling in front of a bookshelf

Michael Busza

TV Writer

Nicole Zimmerer smiling headshot seated in front of a brick wall

Nicole Zimmerer

TV Writer

Radha Mehta smiling wearing a red dress

Radha Mehta


Rick Cisario headshot in front of an empty theater

Rick Cisario

TV Writer

Robert Burns smiling headshot wearing a black jacket and a red bow tie

Robert Burns


Stephan Collins Stepney headshot wearing a grey suit and purple tie

Stephan Collins-Stepney

TV Writer

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Toby Parker Rees

Film Writer

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