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PGA East: The Spectrum of Opportunity
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When: Monday, June 4th
Where: The Players Club
16 Gramercy Park South
New York, New York  10003
United States

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The PGA East Education Committee and Neurodiversity Task Force invites you to...

The Spectrum of Opportunity

Employing, empowering, and working with people on the autism spectrum

Monday, June 4th
6:30pm - Doors Open
7:00pm - Presentations begin

The Players Club
16 Gramercy Park South
New York, NY 10003

As Producers, we are dedicated to fostering diverse voices telling stories. Being inclusive of multiple viewpoints is not only good for the equity of our shared cultural space, it’s good for business!

Autism is a lifelong neurological disability that impacts millions of people in America. The CDC just reported a 15% increase in diagnosis since 2014, to 1 in 59 children. People on the autism spectrum think and experience the world differently, and their unique points of view are underrepresented in our media, both in front of and behind the camera.

How are we, as storytellers and media makers, accessing the talents and passions of people on the Autism Spectrum, empowering them as actors, crew members, animators, VFX? How can we as Producers learn how to tap into and work with this community?

Following up on last year’s well-attended event, this year’s panel, THE SPECTRUM OF OPPORTUNITY, will present acting companies, film schools and programs which train people on the Spectrum to work behind and in front of the camera. Come to learn what they offer and leave knowing how to access it.

Speakers include:
Lauren Appelbaum, Communications Director of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities.
David Di Ianni, Director/Producer and Program Director of FilmAcademy360, a unique hands-on educational environment designed to help diverse learners explore and learn through filmmaking, video editing, game creation and graphic arts.
Aubrie Therrien, Executive Artistic Director of The EPIC Players Inclusion Company, a nonprofit, neuro-inclusive theatre company dedicated to creating neuro-diverse opportunities and communities through the arts.

Moderated by producers William Horberg (The Talented Mr. Ripley) and Janet Grillo (Jack of All Hearts).

Venue Dress Code
Please note the dress code required by The Players Club: No shorts, tshirts, torn/tattered jeans, workout or warm-up attire, sneakers, or ball/casual caps are allowed in the clubhouse

Special thanks to The Molecule and Deluxe for their support of this event!

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