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"Telethon!" 2016: Lloyd Suh

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.

Why Telethon?

Video Direction and Content Management: Kristjan Thor

Founded in 2012, The Apothetae’s mission is straightforward and simple: to produce works that explore and illuminate the "Disabled Experience.”  

While generating new works is certainly a step in the right direction, I recognized a broader conversation was needed – both within the Disabled community and without – in order to tackle the larger issue with Disabled representation in Theater. And so, I approached my friend, Lloyd Suh, Director of Artistic Programs at The Lark. We met in a bar in midtown and talked about my plans for the company. Lloyd recognized an opportunity for The Lark to provide the space for individual artists and organizations to connect with each other towards a long-term goal of creating a greater consciousness.

One issue that was fervently explored with Lloyd and others at The Lark was the idea that Disability should be included in conversations about Diversity in Theater. People need to feel empowered and have agency that their voice in the field exists and can and will be heard. We’re currently strategizing about the best way to deepen the conversation and widen the net, and be strategic about how to take the energy and urgency from everyone in the community and translate it into tangible next steps.

Lloyd says it better than I can, and I am extremely grateful for The Lark’s support and our continuing partnership.

Take it away, Lloyd…

P.S. Lloyd refers to “that Telethon” in his video. He is referring to the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon.

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

Check back each week for new content, and get involved by sharing your thoughts in the comments section, or by signing up for The Apothetae and Lark Initiative's dedicated email list to receive updates. To donate, access The Lark's donation form and enter "The Apothetae" under "Notes Regarding Gift."

Other "Telethon!" Videos