We have new additions to our outstanding Barrier-Free staff.
Laura Stall, content creator
Laura is very excited to be working with Barrier-Free! She has always been passionate about working with people with disabilities, and after volunteering backstage for a few Barrier-Free shows, she decided she wanted to do more. As an avid writer, Laura feels the best way to help is to write! Her focus will be on the Barrier-Free blog and social media, so you can expect to see her observing rehearsals and shows, taking notes and drafting up a post for the website.
Outside of Barrier-Free, Laura works as an administrative assistant in Washington, D.C. You can also find her writing a story, or working towards her MFA in Creative Nonfiction. She is always writing, and very excited to use that to help Barrier-Free grow!
Jen Shillingburg, assistant director company b
Jen Shillingburg has been working with Barrier-Free of Maryland since its inception in Westminster and has been assisting Britt in drama therapy for adults with disabilities for a bit longer than that. She is also a baccalaureate of McDaniel College, with degrees in theatre and psychology. When not working with Barrier-Free, she is a life skills coach for individuals with disabilities as well as an after-school musical theatre teacher to middle school students where she and her co-teacher create original scripts for their end-of-term performances.
Jen can be seen in rehearsals, on the stage, and running around backstage during performances moving the scenery, pulling the curtain, aiding actors, and selling raffle tickets during intermission. Barrier-Free is well worth the extra cardio!
Moving On Up! Barrier-Free's very own Gary Jolbitado has been pivotal to Barrier-Free's success in recent years. We are so proud to welcome him to his new role as Assistant Director for Company A!
Gary Jolbitado, assistant director company a
Barrier-Free's team is expanding and we still have other positions available.
Become a Mentor Mentoring is the best way to get involved at Barrier-Free and involves direct, on-the-ground work. By taking on the role as a mentor, you are a part of the creative, inclusive theater process. Mentors assist actors on and offstage during rehearsals and shows, model appropriate social interactions, and build deep, meaningful relationships with our actors. Mentoring is the most rewarding, joy-filled work and a great way to give back to the community.
Mentoring involves committing to at least one Inclusive Theater and attending rehearsals from 6:30-8PM, September - March.
We are proud to be funded in part by a Community Arts Development Grant from the Carroll County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council
We are proud to be funded in part by an Awesome Foundation grant from the Hey Westminster project
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