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"Telethon!" 2016: Anita Hollander

Equity in the Arts

"Telethon!" is a virtual, theatrical event taking place on The Lark's blog every Tuesday and Thursday this September, produced by The Apothetae and The Lark to raise awareness and support for The Apothetae and Lark Initiative and Playwriting Fellowship. Each week, The Apothetae and The Lark will publish new videos created by members of the community, inspired by The Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon, an event that has faced criticism not only for using Disabled people as a fundraising tool, but also for focusing the public's attention on medical cures to "normalize" people with disabilities. The Apothetae and The Lark see this as an opportunity for Disabled artists to begin to reclaim agency and ownership around their stories, images, and bodies.

Still Standing

Video Direction and Content Management: Kristjan Thor
Special Thanks to the New York Conservatory For The Dramatic Arts

A cancer survivor of 40 years, Anita Hollander is a mermaid (amputee), working mother and National Chair of SAG-AFTRA Performers With Disabilities, working with Actors’ Equity, The Broadway League, and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) to gain more media inclusion of performers with disabilities.

Anita has performed throughout Europe, Asia, and America, at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Playwrights Horizons, London’s West End, New York Shakespeare Festival, Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, and the White House. A Helen Hayes Award nominee and Back Stage Magazine Bistro Award Winner, she starred Off-Broadway in Picasso’s Masterpiece (Gertrude Stein) and Still Standing (Audience Award, United Solo Festival - CD on iTunes). Other stage roles include Ragtime (Emma), Fiddler on the Roof (Golde), Brighton Beach Memoirs (Blanche) and CATS (Grizabella). TV & Film appearances include Law & Order, OZ, The Sopranos, All My Children, BBC’s From The Edge, Handsome Harry and Musical Chairs. She has also danced with Infinity Dance Theatre & Heidi Latsky Dance.

Thank you for tuning in to "Telethon!" 2016 on The Lark's blog!

The Apothetae and The Lark are eager to launch this new Initiative, and are ready to do so as soon as we have the funds in place! We are currently seeking major supporters to help us make our plans possible. If you are interested in helping us please contact Development Manager, Roni Ferretti at

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