December 2007 - February 2008: Issue 25

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Theater and Museum Internships Announced

The HSC Foundation in partnership with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced the HSC Foundation Theater and Museum Internship Program. The program offers young adults with disabilities an opportunity to participate in an internship at one of many cultural arts institutions around the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

Five individuals will be chosen to participate in experiences which explore today's theater and museum environments through internships. The goal of the Internship is to provide opportunities for individuals to build skills that enhance their potential for future competitive and professional employment in a career in the cultural arts.

Interns will enjoy close working relationships with experienced theater and museum professionals, hands-on training opportunities, a structured blend of independent and collective learning experiences, and the opportunity to be a part of some of the D.C. area's busiest and most artistically diverse museums, theaters, and performing arts centers. The experience must be relevant to the intern's academic or professional goals and to the needs of the theater or museum where the Internship is taking place.

The internship may be full or part-time, last from three months to one year, occur during the winter/spring (January – April, 2008), the summer (May – August, 2008), or fall (September – December, 2008), and require a commitment of at least ten hours per week. Full-time (40-hours a week) interns will receive a stipend of up to $900 per month. Part-time interns will be paid a stipend that is proportional to the number of hours spent in internship activities. Job coaching and accommodations are provided as necessary.

Who Can Apply:

Applicants must: have a documented disability or chronic illness, be between the ages of 18 and 25, demonstrate an interest in the cultural arts.


To Apply:

Applicants must fill and return applications and references. To request an application form email

Information and Questions:

If you have questions or would like additional information please contact the Kennedy Center Accessibility program at:

Funding for The HSC Foundation Internship Program is provided by the HSC Foundation.


Theater by the Blind Changes Name

After 28 years of being dedicated to finding, developing and exhibiting talented vision-impaired artists, Theater By the blind has broadened its mission to include theater artists of all disabilities. In its recent production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Ann Marie Morelli, an actor with multiple sclerosis who uses a wheelchair, portrayed Hermia, Titania and Starveling. This autumn the theater did a series of readings utilizing the talents of disabled writers, actors, and directors. To reflect its new mandate, the theater has changed its name to Theater Breaking Through Barriers (TBTB). TBTB has received a grant from the Theater Communications Group and the Mellon and Doris Duke Foundations to help it achieve its goals.

For more information about the work of TBTB visit its web site To submit headshots and resumes electronically e-mail to George Ashiotis, co-artistic director, at Or, snail mail to Theater Breaking Through Barriers, Suite 3A, 306 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011


Axis Dance Company Announces Tour Dates

AXIS Dance Company has announced its touring schedule for 2008. The well-known mixed ability ensemble will appear in the following places across the country:

FSU Seven Days of Opening Nights Festival
Mon/Tues, February 18th & 19th
Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre, FSU Tallahassee, FL
Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
Sat, February 23rd
Louisville, KY
Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center/University of Northern Iowa
Fri, March 7th @ 8pm
Cedar Falls, IA
College of Staten Island Center for the Arts
Fri, March 28th
Staten Island, NY
Chico Performances, CSU Chico
Fri, April 11th
Chico, CA
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
Fri, April 18th
Cerritos, CA

FOCUS Film Festival Issues Call

The FOCUS Film Festival has announced its first annual competition and issued an open call to filmmakers. Short films, 30 minutes or under, on the theme of living with a disability will be accepted in the categories of drama, comedy, documentary, animation, or experimental. The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2008. For an entry form and additional details go to

The Festival is a production of Far Northern Regional Center, a non-profit organization that provides services and supports to people with developmental disabilities and their families. The mission of the FOCUS Film Festival is to explore the complexity of the human experience -- relationships, aging, disability, culture, lifestyle, and more. By showing a broad range of experience it seeks to close the gap in perception, proving that we are more alike than we are different.


Blind Dancers from India Perform in Texas

Articulate of Bangalore, India, a professional dance troupe that includes five visually impaired and blind dancers, presented "Panchvaktram" a ballet of classical Indian dance at the Stafford Center Performing Arts Theatre in October.

The dancers have been trained through the "touch and feel" method, which was developed in 1987 when Buse Gowda, one of the blind dancers, asked a dance teacher to instruct him. Gowda began to touch the teacher's feet and hands while the teacher was dancing, until he could imitate the teacher's steps and gestures. Today Buse Gowda is the lead dancer in the ensemble and has won the the Young Achievers national award for achievement in creative work for the disabled. The troupe has given over 1000 performances in India and elsewhere.

Houston-based Esha Vasyam (Environmental and Spiritual Harmony for All), a private, non-profit foundation, presented the program. A portion of the proceeds from the performance went to the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services-Division for Blind Services and to benefit the school for the blind in India. Additional details are available at


Johnny Crescendo Releases Disability Rights Album

Johnny Crescendo, who bills himself as "the world's leading disability arts singer/songwriter, " has released his fourth album. Titled ROLLOVER, this new work deals with war veterans, disabled mothers who have their children taken away, being too embarrassed to dance, disabled people's fight against being put into institutions, disability pride, taking action and freedom. The album features Johnny doing vocals and on the harmonica. The CD is an excellent educational resource for children 13 years old and up and teachers who can use the words and music to raise important disability issues in the classroom.

To get a copy or book Johnny for a performance or interview e-mail, phone 001 215 633 0193, or go to EBAY and type Johnny Crescendo in the search engine. One of Johnny's songs and an interview with Johnny can be heard at this link the BBC Ouch podcast: