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Roundabout’s Reverb Fest to Showcase Disabled Artists From All Over the U.S.

24 disabled artists worked with collaborating mentors over the past few weeks, and the results of their work go online today.

NEW YORK CITY: Roundabout Theatre Company and Arts for All Abilities Consortium are presenting Reverb Theatre Arts Fetival, a virtual anthology of pieces dedicated to the voices of artists with disabilities, starting today, April 8, and viewable through May 20. Culled from submissions from around the U.S., the festival provides a space for artists to develop and share new theatre works, created and hosted by Roundabout with the participation of four lead partner organizations: Actionplay, CO/LAB Theater Group, DreamStreet Theatre Company, and EPIC Players.

Original works of theatre—monologues, spoken word, dance, or music—were submitted, based on the creative prompt of the theme of “Connection.” From the initial pool (one source said that “Roundabout was blown away by the response in submissions”), the partner organizations chose 24 participating artists to develop their pieces and work alongside a group of Roundabout’s collaborating artists.

The 24 participating artists are April Alario, Preston Burger, Angelica Cabral, Evan Cummings, Shane Dittmar, Harrison Gottfried, Nicky Gottlieb, Isaac Grivett, Anita Hollander, Lance Horne, Carol Hoverman, Sarah Kaufman, Eileen Merritt, Makena Metz, Melissa Noris, Cuquis Robledo, Magda Romanska, Imani Russell, Michael Shutt, Lakshmi Shyamakrishnan, Lauren Stock, Jackson Tucker-Meyer, Caity-Shea Violette, and Garrett Zuecher.

The collaborating artists who committed to supporting the development of the festival participants’ pieces include: Jamie Brewer, Chase Brock, Miriam Daly, Lindsey Ferrentino, Alie B. Gorrie, Dan Graham, Adam Gwon, Scott Ellis, Jackson Gay, Ryan Haddad, Jerron Herman, Jason Jacobs, DJ Kurs, Dana Kuznetzkoff, Regan Linton, Michael Mitnick, Lauren Ridloff, Ali Stroker, Jen Varbalow, Leese Walker, Jamie Kalama Wood, and Diana Wyenn.

Hands On is providing accessibility for the deaf community through sign-interpreted services, and support for the Reverb Theatre Arts Festival is provided by the J. L. Greene Arts Access Fund in the New York Community Trust, as well as by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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