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RespectAbility Entertainment Lab 2020 Team

Meet the RespectAbility Entertainment Lab 2020 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 2020 Lab for Entertainment Professionals. This 5-week, 15-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 16 – July 16, 2020. Participants include 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:

  • Platinum Sponsors: Murray/Reese Foundation and The Walt Disney Company
  • Gold Sponsors: Cast & Crew, Comcast NBCUniversal and Final Draft
  • Silver Sponsors: Sony Pictures Entertainment 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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Nasreen Alkhateeb

Senior Production Advisor

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Leah Romond

Senior Production Advisor

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Lizzy Francis

Lab Program Intern

Mid-Career Track

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Alexandra Grossi


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Ali MacLean


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Andrew Reid


Ashley Eakin

Ashley Eakin

Writer / Director

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Diana Elizabeth Jordan


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Diana Romero

Producer / Writer

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Faith Strongheart

Writer / Director

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Gisselle Legere


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J. Everly


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Shea Mirzai

Producer / Writer

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Zilvinas Paludnevicius


Emerging Track

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Alexander Howard


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Amanda Burdine


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Andrew Fisher


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Andrew Pilkington


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Ava Xiao-Lin Rigelhaupt


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Brian Binkley


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Carin Powell


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Elisabeth Good

Script Supervisor / Casting

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Emily Kranking


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Kiah Amara

Producer / Director

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Laura Alsum


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Lesley Hennen

Producer / Writer

Mimi Newman


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Natasha Mooney Walton


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Rachel Handler

Producer / Writer

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Roque Renteria


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Sana Hussein


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Topher González Ávila

Writer / Director

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