We began 2012 by concluding our 3-year tri-union
I.AM.PWD Campaign (Inclusion in the Arts & Media of People With Disabilities www.iampwd.org) with a highly successful bi-coastal industry summit called Disability IS Diversity: Reflecting the True American Scene. The campaign's Watchdog Group will continue to host its Yahoo Group where people can report what they've seen in the media regarding disability.
Still on National Board of AFTRA and I'm now the East Coast National Chair for both AFTRA & SAG Performers With Disabilities Committee.
This Spring we vote to decide if we will form One Union (SAG-AFTRA) out of the two separate unions.
Still Standing: A Musical Survival Guide For Life's Catastrophes WON the AUDIENCE AWARD, at the United Solo Theatre Festival, as the Bestselling Show in the history of the Festival! Watch for more performances at the ReelAbilities Film Festival March 7-12, 2013 at http://newyork.reelabilities.org
I did this wonderful internet interview on Elyn Jacobs' show Survive and Live Well on January 29, 2013.
Lovely how she wove my songs into the chat. Please give a listen!
Above I'm at the I AM PWD Summit with Co-Chair Christine Bruno, Assistant Secretary of Labor Kathleen Martinez, and Actors Equity President Nick Wyman. Below, I am singing the Watchdog Report to the tune of "Modern Major General" from "Pirates of Penzance," which was very well-received! You can read more about the summit here.
I'm presently appearing in Susan Seidelman's film Musical Chairs, which screened at Dance on Camera (Lincoln Center) and ReelAbilities International Film Festival (NY) and will be released nationally March 23. Watch for me in my swimsuit - I'm impossible to miss!
See details at: http://www.musicalchairsthefilm.com/see-the-film/
Photographer Susan Rosenberg Jones did a photo essay on husband Paul Hamilton & me, celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. Many beautiful and fascinating photos resulted, which will be featured at various art shows around the country, and possibly in an upcoming book. Don't be surprised if you see us somewhere!
Last May, I am proud to say, I raised over $3000 for AIDS Walk NY and walked in the RAIN! Our little 3-person team, The Wooden Shoe, raised over $10,000!!! I will walk again May 20, 2012, and if you'd like to sponsor me (and my team), please click here to do so online.
Last September I reprised the role of Job's wife in Danny Ashkenasi's masterful oratorio THE SONG OF JOB: 911 for the 10-year commemoration of 911, in which my daughter Holland Hamilton joined me, singing and acting with great bravado. What a pleasure to harmonize with my daughter in such a beautiful and meaningful piece. You can see it all on YouTube (search Song Of Job 9:11).
On the family front, daughter Holland graduated with Honors from Oberlin College, winning two awards (for Theatre and Women's Issues), and playing the title role in FLORA THE RED MENACE, with the show's composer John Kander (Oberlin '51) in residence. After graduation she went straight to Detroit to play Sally Bowles in CABARETat Out Of The Box Theatre. She now is working with the Village Playback Theatre, shooting independent films and working several other jobs in NYC. Paul continues to perform in unique productions of original and classic plays for graduate directors at Columbia University.