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Ali Stroker        

Broadway Actress, First Wheelchair User to Win a Tony Award, Anti-Bullying & Disability Advocate

Ali Stroker, an actress, author, and singer, received the 2019 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as ‘Ado Annie’ in Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!" By accomplishing this, she became the first actor or actress in a wheelchair to win a Tony Award and to appear on a Broadway stage.

Stroker, paralyzed from the chest down since the age of two, has confronted immense adversity. Despite many stages' limited accessibility, she has forged a path in an industry that has been slow to accept disabled performers. She was also the first actress in a wheelchair to graduate from the NYU Tisch drama program.

In 2015, Stroker made Broadway history by originating the role of ‘Anna’ in Deaf West’s lauded revival of "Spring Awakening." Her television career includes notable roles - she was a finalist on the second season of Oxygen’s "The Glee Project," where she placed second and won a guest role on Fox’s Glee. She was also featured in the Kyra Sedgwick ABC series, "Ten Days in the Valley," and guest-starred on Fox’s "Lethal Weapon," CBS’ "Instinct," Comedy Central's "Drunk History," "Blue Bloods," "Only Murders in the Building," and "Ozark."

On top of her accolades in music and acting, Stroker is recognized for her advocacy work. She co-chairs Women Who Care, which supports United Cerebral Palsy of New York City. She is a founding member of Be More Heroic, an anti-bullying campaign that tours the country, reaching thousands of students annually. Stroker has also taken her passion for theatre to South Africa with ARTS InsideOut, conducting workshops and classes for women and children affected by HIV and AIDS.

Stroker's exceptional ability to uplift others through the arts, regardless of their disabilities, is captured in her personal motto, "Making Your Limitations Your Opportunities." Stroker is also bisexuality and married to fellow theater director and actor David Perlow, whom she attended the 2019 Tony Awards with.

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Meet Ali Stroker, first actress in a wheelchair to perform on Broadway
Ali Stroker, currently performing in 'Spring Awakening,' is making history on Broadway.

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