Today’s episode features a conversation with two disabled actors working in New York City: Shannon Devido and Ryan Haddad. Both are triple threats– actors, writers, and performers. You’ll hear them talk about why they love acting and how they broke into the entertainment industry. We also discuss disability representation in media and why actually disabled actors should play disabled characters.
Wong, Alice. (January 8, 2018). Disabled People Still Aren’t Being Cast to Tell Their Own Stories in Hollywood. Teen Vogue.
Isherwood, Charles. (June 22, 2016). Review: Friends Reunite for a Funeral, and Brutal Honesty, in ‘The Healing.’ The New York Times.
“Teenage Dick” (The Public Theater, NYC)
Stare at Shannon (web series)
“My Straighties” Written and Performed by Ryan J. Haddad, Directed by David Perlow. ANT Fest.
Cleveland Play House’s New Ground Theatre Festival gives young works exposure. The News-Herald. Benson, John. (May 10, 2018).
Teeman, Tim. (December 27, 2016). Sex, Dating, and Cerebral Palsy: Ryan J. Haddad Brings Gay Intimacy and Disability to the Stage. The Daily Beast.
Shannon DeVido is an accomplished actress, comedian, and singer. She has appeared in the Comedy Central’s Delco Proper, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, HULU’s Difficult People (Andrea Mumford), Good Beer (Shannon), Law and Order:SVU (Beth Myers), and Sesame Street. She also starred in the world premiere of Samuel D. Hunter’s The Healing, and can be seen this summer in the World Premiere of Teenage Dick at the Public Theater. www.shannondevido.com
Ryan J. Haddad is an actor, playwright, and autobiographical performer with cerebral palsy. His acclaimed solo play Hi, Are You Single? was presented in The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival and continues to tour the country. Ryan has performed original work at La MaMa E.T.C., The New Museum, and The LGBT Center of New York City. He is currently developing the play Good Time Charlie, a cabaret titled Falling for Make Believe, and the solo pieces My Straighties (RADD Fest 2016, New Masculinities Festival 2017) and Dark Disabled Stories (#americanAF Festival, TELL: Queer Storytelling at BGSQD). His acting credits include The Maids and Lucy Thurber’s Orpheus in the Berkshires at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Noor and Hadi Go To Hogwarts for Theater Breaking Through Barriers, and television appearances on “Bull,” “Madam Secretary,” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Ryan is a 2017-18 Queer/Art Performance and Playwriting Fellow, under the mentorship of Moe Angelos, and a member of The Public Theater’s 2018-19 Emerging Writers Group.
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Cheryl Green, Audio Producer and Text Transcript
Alice Wong, Writer, Producer, Interviewer
Lateef McLeod, Introduction
Mike Mort, Artwork
Theme Music (used with permission of artist)
Album: NO BIG DEAL
Artist: Wheelchair Sports Camp
“Sunset Stroll Into the Woods” by Podington Bear. (Source: freemusicarchive.org. Licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License.)