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USITT & No More 10 Out of 12s | Impact on the Disability Community

Stage Directions • Industry News • June 4, 2021

USITT and the group, No More 10 Out of 12s is having its next Free panel discussion on ending the practice of 10-out-of-12 rehearsals on Wednesday, June 9 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT. This discussion is focused on the impact of 10-out-of-12s on people who work with disabilities. This panel discussion is free, but you do need to pre-register.

Learn all about this panel and pre-register for free to be notified when the event goes live at


Jaymi Lee Smith (Lighting Design, Moderator) has been designing around the country for the last 20 years at theaters such as Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theater Center, South Coast Repertory, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Alley Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Goodman Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The Court Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Alliance Theatre, Getty Villa, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and Lookingglass Theatre Company. Her work also has been seen in China, Italy, Spain, Scotland, and Ireland. She currently is a professor of lighting design and the Associate Dean for Student Success at UC Irvine.

Monique Holt is a performer, director, and storyteller who adores good stories in print or in performance. Her parents never read-signed her bedtime stories, so her first experience of being read-signed a story was as an adult and it was the complete novel The Three Musketeers. She believes no one is too old or too young to appreciate literature in this manner, whether they are children’s stories, Shakespeare, or Asian Folklore. Holt’s specialty is translating and performing Shakespeare, especially his Sonnets, in American Sign Language. She is a member of AEA, SAG, and AFTRA. She also works as a Deaf Interpreter working with Deaf-Blind, Close-Vision, and non-Deaf/non-English-speaking clients. She has served as Sign Coach at OSF, Deaf/West Theatre and Woolly Mammoth; and directed for New York Deaf Theatre, Open Circle Theatre, amongst other.

Mario Gomez (he/him) is the Executive Director of Spectrum Theatre Ensemble. Gomez is also a multi-hyphenated theater artist, Dramaturg, and Director. Gomez has worked in over 260 theatrical productions in the Greater Seattle Area, Rhode Island, Canada, Peru, Argentina, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Turkey, and Australia. Since 2013, Gomez’s work has focused on supporting non-profit art organizations with project management, process improvement, and capacity building. Gomez has a passion for working with organizations that serve, center, and are led by communities that have historically been underrepresented and underserved in our society. Some of Gomez’s past theatrical credits include the 2020 Neurodiversity New Play Festival with STE, Oslowith ACT Theatre (Seattle, USA), Macbeth!with Brown University / Trinity Repertory Theater (Providence, USA), Des Andere Muttertagwith Theater im Banhof (Graz, Austria), and 26 Mileswith Latino Theatre Projects. Gomez is also a fellow for the 2021 Non-Profit Innovation Lab organized by United Way RI and the Social Enterprise Greenhouse.

Regan Linton, MSW, MFA, is an actor, director, playwright, and artistic director of Denver’s disability-affirmative Phamaly Theatre Company. She creates both original work and adaptations of established works that are re-envisioned through the lens of disability aesthetics. As a paraplegic theatre professional, Linton has become a nationally-recognized advocate for inclusive practices in the arts. Professional acting credits include Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Mixed Blood (MN), the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Pasadena Playhouse, The Apothetae (NY), and Phamaly. Writing highlights include New Mobility Magazine, Theatre Forum, TCG Diversity Salons, and Chalk Rep (LA). Directing credits include Phamaly, Athena Project, and the Hollywood Fringe. Linton was recently honored with the 2021 Denver Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award, 2017 True West Award for Colorado Theatre Person of the Year, and UC San Diego’s “Triton 40 Under 40” Award. Linton has taught and presented in countless academic and community settings, and consistently works with national theatre, film, and television communities around engaging disabled artists.

Sally Lobel is an early career dramaturg and disability advocate. She received her B.A. from Northern Arizona University, majoring in Comparative Cultural Studies with minors in Theatre and Cinema Studies. Lobel is currently an Artistic Apprentice at Hartford Stage, where she’s contributed dramaturgy to productions of Molly Smith Metzler’s Cry it Outand Octavio Solis’ Quixote Nuevo. Last season, Lobel was a Literary Intern at the Wilma Theater, where she worked on productions of Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, Romeo and Juliet, and the world premiere of Kate Tarker’s Dionysus Was Such a Nice Man. An avid reader and traveler, Lobel is always happy to have coffee, nerd out, and learn new things.


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