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Featuring one hour with DSiAM’s Gail Williamson and David Zimmerman on actors with Down Syndrome, with call from Lauren Potter and Robin Trocki of GLEE and Jamie Brewer from AMERICAN HORROR STORY.


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Online Service to Locate Talent with Developmental Disabilities

Hollywood, CA…After years of supplying talent with developmental disabilities to casting directors in Hollywood for films and television and across the U.S. for commercial advertising and industrial films, media activist and consultant Gail Williamson has created a website just for talent who have Down syndrome or other developmental disabilities.  Down Syndrome in Arts & Media, DSiAM pronounced “D.S. I am” is now on line and collecting talent for its data base. Williamson says, “There is so much talent out there and people are constantly looking for them, searching group internet sites and asking around, I thought the talent deserved a place to be located, sort of a one stop shop, to better show the world their abilities.”

Williamson is also searching for any dramatic arts training that welcomes people with DD.  She has dramatic arts programs in the southern California area where she has found many of the talented actors she has for television shows like; “Touched By An Angel,” “ER,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “CSI,” “The Guardian,” and “Nip/Tuck.”

 


Blair Williamson, CSI, ER, SCURBS; Jamie Brewer AMERICAN HORROR STORY; Luke Zimmerman THE SECRET LIFE OF AN AMERICAN TEENAGER; Lauren Potter GLEE.


Gail and "The Guardian" director Emilio Estevez discussing an upcoming scene.

In 1998 John Wells, Executive Producer of “ER” said of Gail’s work, “What Gail is doing is remarkable and important.  Using actors without disabilities to play characters with disabilities should be as unacceptable in Hollywood today as suggesting white actors in blackface play African American characters.”  In 1999 Frank Burke, father of actor Chris Burke who played Corky on “Life Goes On” said “Gail is a pioneer in pursuing roles for the ‘gifted’ challenged people.”  Casting director David Giella of “Touched by an Angel” once said “When we need actors with disabilities we call her (Gail) and she sends who we need to our offices.  She is doing it louder, faster and funnier than anyone I’ve ever seen.”

Williamson the mother of Blair a professional actor since 1991 says she never would have chosen this work for herself.  Supporting Blair and his passion to act has caused her to stumble upon her destiny and now perhaps helping others with DD to discover their destinies as well.  To contact Williamson about being added to the Down Syndrome in Arts & Media Website or to locate talent, go to this page.

 



Lauren Potter


Luke Zimmerman


Jamie Brewer


Chris Burke


Robin Trocki


Andrea Friedman


Blair Williamson


Edward Barbanell


Luke Spinelli

Peter ten BrinkPeter ten Brink

Christine YoungChristine Young

Katelyn ReedKatelyn Reed

Sarah GordySarah Gordy