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RespectAbility Entertainment Lab 2019 Team

Meet our RespectAbility Entertainment Lab 2019 Team

Unprecedented Opportunity for Entertainment Professionals with Disabilities

After an extensive search and interview process, 22 individuals were invited to participate in RespectAbility’s Summer 2019 Lab for Entertainment Professionals. This 5-week, nine-session innovative 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, took place June 18 – July 18, 2019. Participants included diverse people with physical, cognitive, sensory, mental health and other disabilities. 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: Comcast NBCUniversalJonathan Murray and The Walt Disney Company.

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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Bryan Munguia

Lab Program Intern

Mid-Career Track and Mentors

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Ashley Eakin


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Jenni Gold


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John Lawson


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Kurt Yaeger


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Lenny Larsen


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Nasreen Alkhateeb


Emerging Track

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Amelia Bernstein


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April Caputi

Talent Representation and Casting

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Austin Vance


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Avian Anderson


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Keith Hedlund


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La’Rina Carolina

Broadcast Motion Graphic Design

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Leah Romond


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Marc Muszynski


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Marissa Erickson

Production Assistant

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Michael Dougherty


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Natalie Gross


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Ru Kazi


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Shireen Alihaji

Documentary Filmmaker

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Stephanie Rancier


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Tyler Hoog


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Wendy Jane Cohen


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