Eryn Brown Eryn Brown is a talent manager who has helped nurture and build the careers of acclaimed writers, directors and actors from around the world. As demonstrated through her clients’ work and her social activism, Eryn believes in the power of positive cultural change through art.
Sara Fischer is the head of Production at Shonda Rhimes’ production company Shondaland.
Elaine Hall is the founder of The Miracle Project, a groundbreaking, award-winning inclusive theatre, film and expressive arts program, profiled in the Emmy-winning HBO documentary, AUTISM: The Musical. During her career as a top acting coach in LA, her son was discovered to be severely autistic. After multiple meetings with doctors yielding no progress, she decided to enter his autistic world rather than trying to “fix” it. She allowed herself to be curious, rather than judgmental, and as a result, she and Neal began to connect. As a media personality and world-renowned keynote speaker, Elaine gives audiences the ability to change their mindset, break through obstacles, and celebrate uniqueness.
David Kurs is the artistic director of Deaf West, a theatre in Los Angeles founded in 1991 by deaf actors and bridging the deaf and hearing worlds through vibrant theatre incorporating ASL, speaking and movement. He has staged innumerable productions including some that have gone on to wild acclaim regionally and on Broadway. A graduate of Gallaudet, David has worked as a writer and a producer of documentary, commercial and theatrical projects.
Andraéa LaVant is founder and president of LaVant Consulting, Inc. (LCI), a social impact communications firm that offers cutting-edge corporate development and content marketing for brands and nonprofits. LCI’s specialty is helping brands “speak disability with confidence.” As a communications consultant and inclusion specialist, Andraéa has over a decade of experience working with programs that support youth and adults with disabilities and other underserved populations. Her professional roles and personal advocacy have presented her with a variety of notable opportunities to share messages and prompt change for people with disabilities across the globe. She currently serves as the impact producer for Netflix’s feature-length documentary, Crip Camp, where she is charged with leading the campaign’s efforts to promote understanding of disability as a social justice issue and build across lines of difference. Andraéa is a strong advocate for exploring disability from an intersectional lens and offers a unique perspective on the initiatives that she supports.
Jim LeBrecht is the co-director and co-producer of Crip Camp. He has over 35 years of experience as a film and theater sound designer and mixer, author and disability rights activist. Jim began his career in theater, working as the resident sound designer at the Berkeley Repertory Theater for 10 years. His film credits include The Island President, The Waiting Room, The Kill Team and Audry and Daisy. A complete list of his film credits (over 180) can be viewed at IMDB. Jim co-authored Sound and Music for the Theater: the art and technique of design. Now in its 4th edition, the book is used as a textbook all over the world. Jim’s work as an activist began in high school and continued at UC, San Diego, where he helped found the Disabled Students Union. Jim is currently a board member of the Disability Education and Defense Fund, which works for the rights of the disabled through education, legislation, and litigation.
Stephen Letnes has composed music for over 130 feature films, documentaries, and short films, including the 2019 Emmy-nominated and Academy Award-qualifying documentary film “Beneath the Ink”. Stephen also founded – and is the Executive Director of – Able Artist Foundation. AAF supports artists with disabilities in over 17 countries with programs that empower artists who are looking to develop careers in the entertainment industry. Stephen is visually-impaired (RP) and advocates for further inclusion of people with disabilities in the Film/TV industry.
Ryan O’Connell is a writer, producer, and actor. He made Special on Netflix (Season Two is now live!), which was nominated for a couple of Emmy’s and is about to premiere its second season. He’s determined to push disabled stories to the forefront and make sure actual disabled people are given the keys to tell those stories.
Natasha Ofili is an actress and writer. Her most recent appearances include Netflix’s The Politician, The Myth of Control and Amazon Prime’s Undone. She is the co-writer/creator of “Am I Next?” Natasha is the first Black Deaf woman to be a character in a video game, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morale as Hailey Cooper. Her purpose in this life is to pave the way for the BIPOC Deaf and Hard of Hearing community as well as BIPOC disability community while bridging intersecting hearing and non-disabled communities together.
Kaitlyn Yang is the CEO of Alpha Studios, and a visual effects artist turned supervisor for the last 14 years. She is also a list maker for Forbes 30 Under 30 for Hollywood.
As a Chinese American immigrant woman, and a wheelchair user, she believes that more overlooked talents can be found at the intersection of disability and all other diverse populations.