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ITOWNY Participates in the 2021 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge (EDFC)!

Inclusive Theater of WNY (ITOWNY) is one of 93 participants in the International Easterseals Disability Film Challenge for the second year in a row!

The film, Closet Captives, was written, performed, filmed, and edited in five days (March 16-21, 2021).   Written by Ellen Scherer and Madison Sedlor, directed by Aimee Levesque, Virginia Brannon, Chris Barker, Dallas Taylor, and Ellen Scherer, featuring Dallas Taylor, Ellen Scherer, Jess Levesque, Heather Benson, Virginia Brannon, and Cat Kwiatkowski, with music by Everlasting Enlightenment and produced by Inclusive Theater of WNY.

About the challenge:

2021 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge: Home Edition 2.0 Assignment:  Mockumentary or documentary style short film. The Easterseals Disability Film Challenge is a narrative short film competition but many of the film challenge participants are currently staying home and safe due to the COVID-19 pandemic the genre of the assignment of the 2021 EDFC: Home Edition is Mockumentray or documentary style.   

In its seventh year, the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge gives filmmakers—with and without disabilities—the opportunity to collaborate to tell unique stories that showcase disability in its many forms.  The film challenge is open to all and provides a platform for new voices in the entertainment industry. Each year, aspiring storytellers are prompted to creatively write, produce, and complete a short film. Challenge winners receive invaluable access to entertainment professionals, opening the door to an industry notoriously difficult to enter.  More information on the challenge: https://disabilityfilmchallenge.com/challenge/about-us/

About the film:

Closet Captives is the mockumentary where we see what happens when Maya, Quinn, Dylan, Brooklyn, Logan, and Jamie are isolated and removed from their day-to-day lives.

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Closet Captives

Written by Ellen Scherer and Madison Sedlor and Directed by Aimee Levesque, Virginia Brannon, Chris Barker, Dallas Taylor, and Ellen Scherer

Awareness Campaign Runs Now through April 5, 2021

Video on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8XmdEs-g2k  or on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/disabilityfilmchallenge/videos/271980744538448

More information www.inclusivetheaterofwny@gmail.com and inclusivetheater@gmail.com

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Inclusive Theater of WNY – Monthly Short Play Reading Series – Lyons, McGregor and Mullen – March 27, 2021

Inclusive Theater of WNY – Monthly Short Play Reading Series – March 27, 2021

“Friend” by Sara Lyons

Director: Dallas Taylor

Starring: Katie Buckler, Sean Mansfield, Heather Benson, Shanda Gardner, & Queen Robinson

“The Birds are Feeding Me” by Rex McGregor

Director: Virginia Brannon

Starring: Heidi Buckler, Dorothy Gerhardt, & Michael Kowal

“Dorm Party” by Scott Mullen

Director: Chris Barker

Starring: Sadie Everhart & Kayla Reumann

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Actors and Directors – Now|Then – Play by Madison Sedlor – Saturday, February 27, 2021, 8pm EST Free via FB Live!

We are just two sleeps away until our FREE Saturday Readings of Plays by Madison Sedlor! (Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 8pm via FB alive!) So it is officially time to meet the actors and directors!

We begin with the play Now|Then which is being directed by Sean Mansfield and Queen Robinson!

Starring Virginia Brannon as Agnes, Jessica Levesque as Joan and Iesha Young as Michelle.

About the play: Agnes and her two granddaughters, Michelle and Joan take cover from the deadly virus underneath the retirement home. Agnes believes her two granddaughters are her two best friends who have long since passed on.

See you on Saturday night! #itowny #inclusionrevolution #inclusivetheaterofwny #inclusivetheaterofwesternnewyork

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Easterseals Disability Film Challenge – Year Two!

ITOWNY is proud to once again participate in the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge!

Calling all actors, editors, and writers! If you are available March 16-21, 2021 and would like to participate, please let us know! ALL are welcome!!! (And you won’t even have to leave your house, so what are you waiting for?!)

Drop us a line at inclusivetheaterofwny@gmail.com to let us know of your interest!

It is going to be a BLAST! Join us!

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A Word of Thanks to Quentin Gray, Insurance Agent, Bankers Life

ITOWNY is thankful to have the support of Quentin Gray, Insurance Agent as a sponsor for our February 27, 2021 performance! You are the best, Quentin!!

Be sure to contact him for all of your insurance needs!

Want to showcase your business? Contact us at incluivetheaterofwny@gmail.com for more information!