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A Posse is a fly by the seat of your pants, creative, open to all possibilities, boundary crossing, investigative, seeking of unlikely connections and information, the sky’s the limit, kind of group.
A Posse’s aim is to give people living with CP more of what enlivens, informs and makes their lives and bodies move beyond their expectations, to experience new, perhaps undreamed of, possibilities. The Posse allows the individual to move past solitariness and into dialogue about common issues that will transform their lives. Its aim is to empower people living with CP by asking them to both face the music and conduct the orchestra. A Posse recognizes the lack of present options for treatment and the subsequent effect of despair and inertia. A Posse demands access to what’s out there for everybody, creatively envisioning their own next steps. They do this through dialoguing honestly and intimately with each other, and bringing together unlikely bedfellows in the medical and arts communities to join with them as Posse members.
THE NEW YORK POSSE
Christine BrunoChristine Bruno (AEA/SAG-AFTRA) has worked nationally and internationally as an actor, director, singer, coach and advocate for artists with disabilities. She has an MFA in Acting and Directing from the Actors Studio Masters Program and is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio. As a performer and director, Christine has worked throughout the U.S., U.K. and Australia. Her U.S. acting credits include Forgotten Corners of Your Dark, Dark Place (Off-Broadway); The Glass Menagerie (Fulton Opera House); The Good Daughter (NJ Rep); Larry Gets the Call (EAT); The Crucible, A View from the Bridge, Spring Awakening, The Golden Age (San Francisco); Krankenhaus Blues(NYC); the independent feature films Static, This Is Where We Live (SXSW Narrative Competition), One Spring, TV’s Law & Order and the upcoming feature, Clay. As an advocate, she served as the 2011 Co-chair of the I AM PWD (www.iampwd.org) global civil rights campaign for performers with disabilities, is the Co-chair of the NY PWD Committee, a member of the SAG-AFTRA national committee for Performers with Disabilities, the Broadway League Diversity Committee and the Actors’ Equity EEO Committee. Christine has served as Disability Advocate for Inclusion in the Arts (inclusioninthearts.org) since 2005.
Christopher ImbroscianoChristopher Imbrosciano is an actor/singer based in New York City. He appeared in the world première production of Teddy Ferrara at The Goodman Theatre. He has been seen nationally in Inside/Out…Voices from the Disability Community which premiered at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2008. His other regional theatre credits include Romeo and Juliet at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Rock Doves with the Amaryllis Theatre Company, Category Five at The Kennedy Center and The Cripple of Inishmaan at The John Drew Theater at Guild Hall. His film and television credits include Ben Comen, What Would You Do? and The Good Wife. www.christopherimbrosciano.com
Jason MisrahiJason Misrahi was born and raised in Staten Island, New York. After playing music for several years, he is currently a real estate agent with Misrahi Realty. In addition, he is a motivational speaker and all around decent guy.
Gregg MozgalaGregg Mozgala is a critically acclaimed actor and playwright. Gregg has been in various New York productions Off- and Off-Off Broadway with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The LAByrinthTheatre Company, La Mama ETC, Performance Space 122, Theater Breaking Through Barriers, Foolish Theatre Company, The Brick Theater, The National Theatre Workshop of the Handicapped, Imua! Theatre Company, Visible Theatre and the Ensemble Studio Theatre. Regionally, he has appeared on stage at the Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts and the Spoleto Festival USA. He has worked internationally in London, England and Zagreb, Croatia. He has been invited to speak about the effects of cerebral palsy at the Wyss Institute For Biological Engineering at Harvard University, La Rabida Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Eastern Carolina Medical School and the Kennedy-Krieger Institue in Baltimore, MD.
Amrit OtalAmrit Otal is born and raised in California and is a recent East Coast transplant. She completed her B.A. in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Mass Media from the University of California, Los Angeles and is currently a graduate student at LIM College working toward her MBA in Entrepreneurship and Fashion Management. Amrit was born 3 months premature and has a mild form of cerebral palsy or invisible CP. She has had heel cord lengthening surgery as a child and although her CP typically goes unnoticed by passersby, Amrit strives to push her boundaries and live an active lifestyle. She feels strongly that children and adults alike have a right to understand their bodies and be in tune with its unique intricacies. She believes open dialogue centering on CP topics is the first step toward giving those with CP and their healthcare providers greater insight on how to maximize and develop their abilities. Other things Amrit feels strongly about include films & television (specifically early 90’s sitcoms and Bollywood), good food, good people, and good shoes. Her future plans include launching her own women’s footwear brand.
Jessica YatesJessica Yates hails from Cleveland, Ohio. In 2012 she moved to NYC to study at New York University’s Playwright’s Horizons Theatre School. Her concentration is in directing and devised work. In her spare time she over-commits herself, enjoys long conversations over coffee regarding performance studies and comedy theory and takes improv classes. She has Cerebral Palsy and has been living a hilariously unbalanced life since birth.
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