Theatre for All Initiative

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Theatre for All Initiative

A very special opportunity for actors with disabilities

Queens Theatre, through its Theatre For All initiative, will provide a free two-week workshop for selected actors with disabilities this September. The program includes workshops on Acting for the Camera, Acting for the Stage, Movement, Voice, Improv, Auditioning, and Commercial Acting and culminates with a showcase, where each student will have an opportunity to get feedback from industry professionals.  Now in its second year, the program runs Sept. 8-20 and takes place at Queens Theatre, located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. A team of seasoned and celebrated professionals will teach the courses.

Please note that applications must be in by Monday, July 15 at noon.

For information go to: Queens Theatre

You can hear more about this initiative on the “Bagels and Broadway with Valerie Smaldone” radio show Saturday morning from 9:05-10 when I will be speaking with Gregg Mozgala, the Director of Inclusion at Queens College, about this amazing opportunity.

And, Bagels and Broadway will be celebrating its one-year anniversary this Saturday! I’ll feature a couple of my favorite interviews, including with the incredible Brenda Vaccaro, and the fabulous Stephen Schwartz, composer of Wicked.

Join me for the party, on WNYM-AM Saturday morning. You can also hear it online at, or on Alexa. If you miss it, no worries. Just a podcast away!


  • Five-time Billboard Award-winning media personality Valerie Smaldone is a theatre, food, lifestyle and entertainment enthusiast. She is a celebrity interviewer, accomplished voice-over artist and actress. Recent appearances on episodic tv include Law and Order, Criminal Intent, The Other Two (on HBO Max), Tommy, Manifest and Blue Bloods. She is an audiobook narrator and producer. A live event emcee, moderator, and "Voice of God" at events and award ceremonies, Valerie has joined The Story Plant Entertainment Company and is currently working on a film and Broadway play. Visit her website at

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