Readings of Short Plays by Michael Fanelli! October 17, 8pm via FB Live!

This Saturday night (10/17) at 8pm! Join us on FB Live via Zoom! Like our Facebook page to be notified when we go live!

Readings of two short plays by Michael Fanelli!

Directed by Kim Queenie Robinson and Jess Levesque
Starring Darleen Pickering Hummert and James Barcomb

Directed by Michael Fanelli
Starring Anthony Baldwin-Giambrone, Chris Barker, and Virginia Brannon

Poster by Cat Kwiatkowski


Congratulations Jess!

Congratulations to ITOWNY member Jess Levesque on her 2020 AUTISM SPECTRUM award nomination! We are so proud of you!

“We have had a record number of submissions for nominees of the Els for Autism Spectrum Award, and have been blown away by each entry. It has been such a pleasure to read about each of these nominees’ stories, accomplishments, and contributions to the Autism community.”

Saturday Series

Saturday Series: Inclusion in the Arts – Shameka Andrews

This week (8/1 at 8pm), we are excited to welcome Shameka Andrews to ITOWNY’s Series on Inclusion in the Arts!

About Shameka:

Shameka Andrews is a disability advocate and consultant she provide resources to people with disabilities, their families and community organizations. She currently is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Self-Advocacy Association of NYS. The Self-Advocacy Association of New York is an organization for and run by people with development disabilities. SANYS helps people with developmental disabilities speak up for themselves and others.

Shameka is the author of the children’s book Butterfly on Wheels and has collaborated with other author book projects such as Behind the Smile : 15 Women Who Survived the Storm

Shameka is a member of the Commissioners Advisory Council of the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. She also serves on the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, The board of Catholic Charities Disability Service. Shameka has an Associates Degrees in Business Management from Mildred Elley Business School.

In 2006, Shameka was the title Ms. Wheelchair NY after being second runner up in 2005. Ms. Wheelchair America is an organization that promotes Disability Awareness and celebrates and the accomplishments of women and girls in wheelchairs.

In 2013 Shameka became the State Coordinator for the Ms. Wheelchair NY Program

When she is not working Shameka loves traveling, listening to music and going to Zumba and Yoga classes.

This is a FREE event! Email inclusivetheaterofwny@gmail.com to register!


Happy Birthday ADA!

ITOWNY did a thing! And our video is LIVE! Happy Birthday ADA!! Like and share our video and help us win this challenge!! Would also love to speak with folks in media who might be interested in our journey!

Disability representation in the media is important now more than ever. (Did you know 1 in 4 people have a disability yet this is not represented in the media?! Let’s fix that!)

Check out the documentary shorts submitted to the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge to show your support!