Down Center Disability Training Program announces fall classes


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Down Center Disability Training Program announces fall classes

The free arts training program strives to increase arts education throughout the disability community.

Brennan Srisirikul

The Disabled Down Center Training Program, a free arts training program for artists and allies with disabilities, has announced its first fall class.

Disabled Down Center – a series of free virtual master classes and workshops for artists with disabilities and non-disabled allies led by top professionals in the entertainment industry – will launch October 15 on Zoom. ASL interpreters will be provided and captions will be enabled. The program is an extension of the Disabled Down Center concert which was presented by Playbill on June 27. At the first annual concert, performers with disabilities took the stage at Green Room 42, performing showtunes from essential productions and playing roles they were never considered for. due to ableism.

Fall teaching artists will include casting directors Marci Phillips and Tara Rubin. Other teaching artists will be announced at a later date.

Disabled Down Center is created by Brennan Srisirikul and produced by Srisirikul, Danielle Pretsfelder Demchick and Aaron Glick. Playbill is the presenting sponsor and Musical Theater Factory (MTF) is the fiscal partner. Juliette Salway is the graphic designer.

“Everyone is welcome to the Disabled Down Center training program, disabled or not,” said Disabled Down Center producer, performer and creator Srisirikul. “One of the cornerstones of the Disabled Down Center, with our annual benefit concert and now with the training program, is to provide opportunities for artists with disabilities as well as our allies. Performing arts training is often so costly, which creates a barrier for so many people. While we focus on disability, inclusion is ultimately about everyone learning and growing together.”

Disabled Down Center is free and virtual via Zoom. International participants are welcome. Disabled Down Center is committed to creating an environment that is as comfortable and inclusive as possible. If accommodations are necessary, please note this when registering. To find out more visit


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