Episode 8: Barriers for Professional Artists with a disability 

John Kramer 

Earned his PhD in Disability Studies in 2009, with his work interests addressing the mutual support roles of siblings in aging families and issues of future planning for people with Intellectual Disabilities and Disability Studies critiques of family disability research.


John is currently working with the State Systems research team at the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts at Boston on systems change and employment issues for people with disabilities. John co-founded the Sibling Leadership Network. This network connects brothers and sisters of people with intellectual disabilities, siblings with intellectual disabilities, and professionals interested in policy, services, and research related to siblings and disability. John also co-founded the Massachusetts Sibling Support Network (MSSN) and Supporting Illinois Brothers and Sisters, both statewide advocacy groups. 



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Christine received her MFA in acting and directing from
the New School, is a member of The Actors Studio and works nationally
and internationally as an actor, director, teaching artist, and disability
inclusion consultant for the entertainment industry. She sits on the NY
Local Board of SAG-AFTRA, is Chair of the NY SAG-AFTRA

Performers with Disabilities (PWD) Committee, serves on the SAG-
AFTRA National PWD and Actors’ Equity EEOC Committees, and was

the Freelance Disability Consultant for the Cultural Plan for the City of

New York. Christine served as Disability Advocate for the Tony Honor-
winning nonprofit Inclusion in the Arts from 2005 until its closure in

December 2017. Her selected theatre credits include The Glass
Menagerie; world premieres of Bekah Brunstetter’s Public Servant;The
Maids (adaptation by Jose Rivera); The Good Daughter; musicals The
Ugly Girl and Raspberry (UK tours); and her solo show, Screw You,
Jimmy Choo! Selected film and TV credits include Law & Order;
Hungry, The Homecoming; iCreep, the award-winning short, Trouble on
High; the award-winning independent features Flatbush Luck; This is
Where We Live. www.BrunoDisabilityInclusion.com

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