The Department of Theatre presents “Turn Your Limitations Into Your Opportunities": A Conversation with Tony Award Winning Actress Ali Stroker. Hosted by Assistant Professor of Theatre, Laura Waringer Stroker will talk about life as a musical theatre artist, breaking barriers on Broadway, and lots more! In the second part of the program. she will answer questions from the audience. This virtual event is free and open to the public.
Groundbreaking performer Ali Stroker made history as the first actress in a wheelchair to appear on Broadway when she originated the role of ‘Anna' in Deaf West's acclaimed 2015 revival of Spring Awakening. She went on to win the 2019 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in Oklahoma!
In addition to her work on and off-Broadway, she has soloed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, New York's Town Hall, and Lincoln Center for Performing Arts and Carnegie Hall. She's also the first actress in a wheelchair to graduate from the NYU Tisch drama program.
A humanitarian and advocate, Stroker has been a co-chair of Women Who Care, which supports United Cerebral Palsy of New York City. She's a founding member of Be More Heroic, an anti-bullying campaign which toured the country connecting with thousands of students each year. Her devotion to educating and inspiring others brought Stroker to South Africa with ARTS InsideOut, where she held theater workshops and classes for women and children affected by HIV and AIDS.
Stroker’s exceptional ability to improve the lives of others through the arts, disabled or not, is captured in her motto: “Turning Your Limitations Into Your Opportunities.”