Ali Stroker

Ali Stroker is an actress and singer who uses a wheelchair. She had an incomplete spinal cord injury at the C7–T2 level at the age of two. She uses a wheelchair to get around New York City where she lives.Ali is known as the first actress in a wheelchair to have appeared in a broadway show. She is also popular for her role as Betty on the show Glee. In 2009, Ali became the first actress in a wheelchair to earn a degree from the NYU Tisch Drama Department. Ali originated the role of Anna in Deaf West's 2015 revival of Spring Awakening. Her performance in the role of Olive in The Twenty-Fifth Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee earned Ali a Barrymore Award nomination, and exceptional acclaim when reprised at the Papermill Playhouse. In addition to her work on and off-Broadway, Ali has enjoyed solo performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and New York's Town Hall. An ardent humanitarian and advocate, Ali is a co-chair of WOMEN WHO CARE, which supports United Cerebral Palsy of NYC. Her devotion to educating and inspiring others has taken Ali to South Africa with ARTS InsideOut, where she holds theater workshops and classes for women and children affected by HIV and AIDS. Ali's remarkable ability to improve the lives of other people through the arts, whether they be disabled or not, is captured in her principle of "Making Your Limitations Your Opportunities".

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