We are excited to continue the summer series of the Learning & Fun Professional Development program on Thursday, July 15 at 4:30pmET with the Disability In Comedy Workshop with Ophira Calof.
Join us for the Disability In Comedy Workshop where Disabled writer, performer, and producer Ophira Calof will guide attendees through common tropes and ableist language in comedic content. Ophira will introduce new perspectives and best practices for those who wish to make their comedy writing and performance more accessible. By examining different models of disability and accessibility, attendees will leave this workshop with a better understanding of existing tropes and how to identify them.
This workshop will be hosted on Zoom, with captions.
Program Length: Approximately 90 minutes including Q&A.
TOsketchfest aims to keep our Professional Development Program inclusive. As such, a limited number of scholarships are available. If cost is a barrier to participation in the workshop, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Ophira Calof:
Ophira Calof (She/They) is a multi award winning Disabled writer, performer, and producer. Her work weaves together music, comedy, and storytelling, centring disability and chronic illness experience. They co-created the sketch comedy revue Generally Hospital (Canadian Comedy Award Nominee, Patron’s Pick, David Seguin Memorial Award), and her solo show, Literally Titanium, was developed through the Buddies in Bad Times Emerging Creator’s Unit before premiering at the 2020 Next Stage Theatre Festival. Ophira also works as a curator, workshop facilitator, consultant, and keynote speaker with projects including COVID-19 through a Disability Lens: Storytelling and Filmmaking Project, Myseum Toronto’s Making Space: Stories of Disabled Youth in the GTA, and Bad Dog Theatre’s 5th annual Our Cities On Our Stages Symposium. Ophira graduated from Second City’s Writing and Sketch Conservatory programs, was featured in the Second City 2018 Toronto Diversity Fellowship Showcase, and is the 2018 recipient of the Tim Sims Encouragement Award. Credits include: Tall Boyz (S1, S2), Slumber Party (Bad Dog Comedy TV) and #HospitalChic (ReelAbilities Film Festival of Toronto, TOSketchFest21).