Uncommon Sense Talkbacks

Saturday Talkbacks

All Talkbacks are immediately after the 3pm matinee performance of Uncommon Sense.

November 4

Evolution of Diversity & Inclusion in the Arts

Moderated by: Philip Dallmann, accessibility consultant

Panelists: Christine Bruno, Disability Advocate for Inclusion for the Arts, Alison Mahoney, founder of Bluelaces Theater Company, Others TBD

About the Participants

Philip Dallmann is an accessibility consultant and Manager of TDF Accessibility Programs. At TDF he is instrumental in the execution of TDF’s 60+ open captioned performances, 40+ audio described performances and five autism-friendly performances on and Off-Broadway each season. He is also key liaison for TDF’s national captioning and autism programs. In 2013 Dallmann created the autism-friendly restaurant partnerships, training restaurants in the theatre district to welcome patrons with autism on the day of TDF’s autism-friendly performances. Dallmann was also part of the team that developed and launched TheatreAccess.NYC, which is a one-stop shop for all of Broadway’s accessibility information. In 2015 Dallmann piloted integrating volunteers on the spectrum into TDF’s autism-friendly performances, which creates more opportunities to exercise social and job skills for the autism community. In 2017 he was part of the team that presented the first accessibility symposium for nonprofit theatres in NYC. Dallmann has presented across the country on a variety of accessibility topics including volunteer training/recruitment, the evolution of sensory-friendly programming, how to handle the unexpected in access, and more. Recently, Philip partnered with Broadway Dance Center and ALMA NYC for New York’s first sensory friendly dance party. He continues to write on all accessibility topics at his blog www.philipdallmann.com.  Dallmann received a BA in Theatre from George Mason University and an MS in Autism Access from Penn State University.

 Christine Bruno is a disability advocate who joined Inclusion in the Arts in 2005 and has a varied background as an actor, director and coach. She has represented Inclusion in the Arts at symposiums, forums, panels, resource events and radio outlets across the country and internationally at film and arts festivals in Melbourne, Australia and Manchester, England. A proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA, Christine is the Chair of the New York Local SAG-AFTRA PWD Committee, a member of the SAG-AFTRA National Committee for Performers with Disabilities, the SAG-AFTRA/AMPTP PWD Task Force, Actors’ Equity EEO Committee and a member of The Actors Studio. She has an MFA in Acting and Directing from the New School and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Skidmore College, where she received a BA in Theatre and Political Science.  As a performer and director, Christine has worked throughout the U.S., across the U.K. and in Australia. Her selected credits include her one-woman show, Screw You, Jimmy Choo!; the world-premiere musicals The Ugly Girl and RaspberryThe Glass Menagerie, Jose Rivera’s adaption of The Maids, TV’s Law & Order, the independent films iCreep, Flatbush Luck, This is Where We Live, and the award-winning short Trouble on High.

 Alison Mahoney is a theatermaker, educator, and administrator with a focus on accessible theater for and with individuals with developmental disabilities. She is founding artistic director of Bluelaces Theater Company, which creates immersive theatrical experiences for this population. Alison currently works as the Accessibility Manager at Lincoln Center, and as Project Manager for the Museum Access Consortium’s Supporting Transitions project, which aims to increase opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities in cultural institutions. She also works extensively with CO/LAB Theater Group and Trusty Sidekick Theater Company.

November 11*

Q & A with the Cast

Moderated by: Miranda Appelbaum, Assistant Director of Accessibility & Guest Services at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts


Cast Members including Jessica Almasy, Michi Barall, Scott Barrow, Andrew Duff, and Jill Frutkin; others TBD

*Reminder that this is a Relaxed Performance

About Miranda Appelbaum

Miranda Appelbaum is the Assistant Director of Accessibility & Guest Services at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.  In that role, she implements accommodations and initiatives to increase accessibility, both physically and programmatically, for all visitors to Lincoln Center’s campus, including initiatives to engage individuals with dementia and their caregivers and job-readiness programs for young people with developmental disabilities. Prior to this role, Miranda launched and managed access programs and resources for students, adults and families with disabilities at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.  She is actively involved in the accessibility field in New York, as the former Chair and current Steering Committee Member of the Museum Access Consortium, and a member of the New York City Museum Educator’s Roundtable Access Peer Group, the Long Island Children’s Museum LICM4All Advisory Council, and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum’s Access Advisory Council. She served as the New American Voices Reading Series Adviser for Queens Theatre for their Disability Series in 2016-2017. She has presented at local and national conferences on accessibility.  Miranda has a B.A. in Anthropology and English from the University of Vermont and an M.A. in Museum Studies from New York University.

November 18

Autism in Theater & the Media

Moderated by: Amy Jensen, performer in Up and Away with Lincoln Center Education and Trusty Sidekick Theatre Company

Panelists: Dave Osmundsen, playwright of Stupid, Fat, Ugly and Something for Sondra; Darci Picoult, screenwriter for Mother of George and author of the play Jayson with a Y.

About the Participants

 Amy Jensen performed in Up and Away, an immersive production designed specifically for young audiences on the autism spectrum, which was commissioned by Lincoln Center Education and created by Trusty Sidekick Theater Company (look for it in the 2018 Big Umbrella Festival).  She has also worked with the New York Neo-Futurists, Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew, Spencer Lott, Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant, the Arkansas New Play Festival, Southern Writers Festival, and the Colorado New Play Summit. This year she’s an Object Movement puppetry resident at The Center at West Park and the LMDA Dramaturgy-Driven Grant recipient.  Amy has family members on the autism spectrum.  www.amy-jensen.com

 Dave Osmundsen is a New Jersey-based playwright with a Bachelor’s in Theatre Studies from Montclair State University. His work has been seen and developed at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, In the Water Theatre Company, and the New American Theatre in LA. His one-act, A Firework Unexploded, was recently published in the inaugural issue of The Dionysian. In addition to playwriting, he has also written for StageBuddy and TheatreIsEasy and has had short stories published on ScholarsAndRogue.com.

 Darci Picoult’s is a playwright and screenwriter whose plays include Jayson with a Y (New Group) and Lil’s 90th (Long Wharf Theatre). Her film Mother of George, starring Danai Gurira, was developed and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and released by Oscilloscope. It was named by the National Board of Review as one of the top ten indie films of the year. Her film Where is Kyra?, starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Keifer Sutherland, premiered at Sundance in 2017 and will be released in the early part of the new year.

November 25

The Evolution of Uncommon Sense

Panelists: Anushka Paris-Carter, Uncommon Sense Co-Author, Andy Paris, Uncommon Sense Co-Author and Director

Moisés Kaufman, Artistic Director of Tectonic Theater Project

About the Participants

 Moisés Kaufman, Artistic Director of the Tectonic Theater Project, is a Tony- and Emmy-nominated director and playwright. He most recently directed a critically lauded production of Bent at the Mark Taper Forum. Prior Broadway credits: The Heiress, 33 Variations (which he also wrote) with Jane Fonda, which received five Tony nominations; Rajiv Joseph’s Pulitzer Prize finalist Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo with Robin Williams; the Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning play I Am My Own Wife. His plays Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and The Laramie Project are among the most performed plays in America over the last decade. Kaufman also co-wrote and directed the lm adaptation of e Laramie Project for HBO, which received two Emmy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Writer. He is currently directing and writing a new Broadway-bound adaptation of Bizet’s Carmen with Grammy-winning composer Arturo O’Farrill. He is a Guggenheim Playwrighting Fellow and has multiple projects in various stages of development.

 Anushka Paris-Carter started working as an actor on television at age 11. She studied devising at Australia’s National Theater and the Swinburne Institute of Technology. While at Swinburne, she studied with Phillip Gaullier. Her other work in Australia includes St. Feets for St. Martins, Library Stories at The Malt House, Hiroshima for the Melbourne Spoletto Festival, and Janus for the Australian Broadcasting Commission. Paris-Carter’s New York credits include Carson Krietzer’s Self Defense, Valerie Shoots’ Andy, Kirk Bromely’s Icarus and Aria, Bocca for Target Margin, Basil Twist’s Symphonie Fantastique, Mephisto for Reverie, Lucie Tiberghein’s The Quiet Room, Gwen John directed by Leigh Fondakowski, Family Running For Mr. Whippy directed by Elyse Singer, and Marcia Jean Kurtz’s Between Two Worlds. Her New York film and TV credits include Ed Bowe’s Picture Book and hosting X-Games for ESPN. She is a graduate of both the Public’s Shakespeare Lab and the Naraopa Summer Writing Program. Her first play is Fan Makers Inquistion, also written with Andy Paris.

Andy Paris has made a career of developing new works for the stage and screen, including The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, The Laramie Project (Emmy nomination), Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, by Moisés Kaufman, Or, by Liz Duffy Adams, Lucie Tiberghien’s The Quiet Room, Innocents by Rachel Dickstein, The Talking Band’s The Necklace, Matthew Maguire’s Phaedre and Deb Margolin’s Indelible Flesh. As a writer/director: Laramie: 10, Going Public, an original play about our education system; The American Family at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival; The Fanmaker’s Inquisition, co-adapted with his lovely wife Anushka Paris-Carter from the novel by Rikki Ducornet; Goldstar Ohio, which he directed at The Cleveland Public Theatre; Migration at the Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU; Faith Pilger’s The Stages of Burning; and The Corporate Carnival, for The Women’s Project, in which he also performed at the Winter Garden in the World Financial Center. Andy has performed in countless other plays in New York, regionally, and in Europe. Regionally, he has been seen at Denver Center, The Huntington, Playmaker’s Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Rep. Theatre of St. Louis, Hartford Stage, Theatre Virginia, Berkeley Rep and La Jolla Playhouse. Favorite roles include Berowne in Love’s Labours Lost, Keppler in Richard Goodwin’s Two Men of Florence, directed by Edward Hall, and all of the male roles in A Sleeping Country by Melanie Marnich, directed by Mark Rucker. Film and TV credits include Laramie (HBO) and “Law & Order” (NBC). He has also been the recipient of two AUDIE Awards and a Voice Arts Award for his audiobook narrations. Andy was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and is a graduate of NYU.