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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: 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:

  • 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

Lab Program Director

Tatiana Lee smiling outside in a parking lot.

Tatiana Lee

Lab Program 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 and Mentors

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Alexandra Grossi

Writer

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Ali MacLean

Writer

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Andrew Reid

Director

Ashley Eakin

Ashley Eakin

Writer / Director

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Diana Elizabeth Jordan

Producer

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Diana Romero

Producer / Writer

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Faith Strongheart

Writer / Director

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Gisselle Legere

Writer

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J. Everly

Producer

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Nebiyu Dingetu

Editor / Documentary Filmmaker

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Shea Mirzai

Producer / Writer

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Zilvinas Paludnevicius

Filmmaker

Emerging Track

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Alexander Howard

Producer

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Amanda Burdine

Writer

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Andrew Fisher

Writer

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Andrew Pilkington

Producer

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Ava Xiao-Lin Rigelhaupt

Writer

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Brian Binkley

Producer

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Carin Powell

Animator

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Elisabeth Good

Script Supervisor / Casting

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Emily Kranking

Writer

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Kiah Amara

Producer / Director

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Laura Alsum

Writer

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Lesley Hennen

Producer / Writer

Mimi Newman

Writer

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Natasha Mooney Walton

Producer

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Rachel Handler

Producer / Writer

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Roque Renteria

Writer

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Sana Hussein

Writer

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Topher González Ávila

Writer / Director

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