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Talleri Adkins McRae

Talleri McRae is a theatre artist, educator, disability scholar, and inclusion/access specialist based in Louisville, KY. Talleri is a proud member of the American Alliance for Theatre, Theatre for Young Audiences/USA, and is a contractor for the access department at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Talleri holds a BS from Northwestern University and an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Nothing About Us Without Us
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Nothing About Us Without Us

Innovation, Creativity, and Inclusion in Professional Theatre

26 May 2019

Talleri A. McRae and Mickey Rowe, co-founders of the National Disability Theatre, introduce their series “The Future of Theatre is Accessible,” talk about some key takeaways from the upcoming articles, and discuss how language is a barrier to inclusion.

The Power of Authenticity
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The Power of Authenticity

Disability On Stage and Off in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

22 November 2017

Talleri McRae interviews actors Mickey Rowe and Landon G. Woodson from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time about casting actors with disabilities play disabled characters, and the power of inclusive casting. 

Creative Access
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Creative Access

Accommodations for Professional Performers with Disabilities

11 August 2017

Talleri McRae summarizes a breakout session she co-led at the 2017 Theatre Communications Group Annual Conference.

Community-Specific Theatre
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Community-Specific Theatre

Conversations, Connections, and Considerations

10 April 2015

Talleri McRae shares a conversation hosted by StageOne Family Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky about making theatre specific to a particular community.

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Peter Pan in 2014
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Peter Pan in 2014

Notes For NBC’s Creative Team

31 January 2014

Talleri McRae offers her thoughts on Peter Pan Live, and how NBC might approach bringing the family tale to the small screen.

The Future of Theatre is Accessible
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The Future of Theatre is Accessible

Accessible and inclusive theatre is not new. Nevertheless, more often than not, theatre companies today that are striving to include the disability community do so by welcoming disabled actors to their stages and disabled audiences to their performances.

Interesting Thoughts on Access, Inclusion, and Disability
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Interesting Thoughts on Access, Inclusion, and Disability

I sub-organized into three separate topics:

1) The "Theatre-ing while Disabled" Series by Kate Langsdorf, which is a great overview at all the different ways professional theatre and disability can collide.