Meet the Team

EMILY MAXWELL (she/her) is the founder and co-director of The Disability Collective. A queer and disabled stage manager for theatre and live events, Emily founded The Disability Collective as a way to combine her love for art with her passion for disability justice. In 2020, Emily started a YouTube channel with her fiancé, dedicated to normalizing and celebrating disability. In her spare time, Emily enjoys reading, writing, and working on various small crafts. Emily recognizes her privilege as a white settler on Turtle Island, where she lives with her fiancé, Nathan, and their two cats, Merry and Pippin.

Email Emily at: emily@thedisabilitycollective.com

NATHAN SARTORE (he/him) is the co-director of The Disability Collective. A queer and disabled theatre artist, Nathan is dedicated to bringing inclusion to all arts spaces. In 2020, Nathan started a YouTube channel with his fiancée, dedicated to normalizing and celebrating disability. Outside of the theatre realm, Nathan works as a restaurant manager, and spends his spare time reading, crafting, and spending time with his family. Nathan recognizes his privilege as a white settler on Turtle Island, where he lives with his fiancée, Emily, and their two cats, Merry and Pippin.

Email Nathan at: nathan@thedisabilitycollective.com

ALI HAND (she/her) is a disabled theatre artist and disability advocate on a journey with the goal of singing show tunes, telling stories, and making this wild industry inclusive and accessible for those who create and those who consume. Ali spent the past year studying American Sign Language and Deaf Culture at George Brown College and is currently studying Accessibility and Inclusion at Ryerson University. Whenever Ali isn't singing or studying, she is most likely spending her time cooking or hiking around Turtle Island where she is privileged to live as a settler.  

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