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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: www.respectability.org/respectability-la-lab.

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

Lab Program Director

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Tatiana Lee

Lab Program Assistant

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Bryan Munguia

Lab Program Intern

Mid-Career Track and Mentors

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Ashley Eakin

Director

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Jenni Gold

Director

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John Lawson

Writer/Director

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Kurt Yaeger

Producer/Director

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Lenny Larsen

Producer

Nasreen Alkhateeb smiling headshot

Nasreen Alkhateeb

Director

Emerging Track

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Amelia Bernstein

Animator

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April Caputi

Talent Representation and Casting

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Austin Vance

Animator

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Avian Anderson

Animator

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Keith Hedlund

Writer/Director

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La’Rina Carolina

Broadcast Motion Graphic Design

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Leah Romond

Attorney/Producer

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Marc Muszynski

Writer

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Marissa Erickson

Production Assistant

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Michael Dougherty

Writer

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Natalie Gross

Writer

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Ruman Kazi

Director

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Shireen Alihaji

Documentary Filmmaker

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Stephanie Rancier

Producer

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Tyler Hoog

Writer

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Wendy Jane Cohen

Writer

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