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Applications Available for Training Program for Actors with Disabilities

Applications may be submitted through September 23, 2023 for Queens Theatre’s sixth annual Theatre for All (TFA) Professional Training Program for performers who are deaf or experience other disabilities. Part I of the program runs virtually from November 6 through November 17, 2023. Following the completion of Part I students will have the opportunity to audition for Part II, which will be an in-person “training and performance intensive” that will be held in the Queens Theatre in New York City in Spring 2024. TFA Program Manager Mary Theresa Archbold explained the benefits of the virtual training, stating that “’By hosting the intensive virtually in November we can reach a much broader community of artists. Often artists with disabilities, particularly those who don’t reside in a major city such as Los Angeles or New York City, struggle to find accessible, high-quality training.” Accepted students will receive their instruction free of charge, thanks to philanthropic support. Training will be provided by industry professionals, including those with and without disabilities. Students will participate in a university-level training program through inclusive, intensive workshops to “prepare them for acting on the stage and screen.”  Elements of the program focus on auditioning, acting, improvisation, musical theater, voice, and movement. There will be two tracks for performers of varying levels of experience: “Early Career” and “Working Actor.” The placement of students into tracks will be determined by the application review committee. Audio description and ASL Interpretation will be provided during the program. For more information, application instructions, and a link to the application form, visit the Queens Theatre webpage on the Theatre for All Actor Training Program 2023. Additional details are also included in an article from announcing that Applications (are) now open for Queens Theatre’s training program for actors with disabilities.