Artists Who Inspire - TEDxBroadway "Owning My Disorder" - Gardiner Comfort

Theater has a unique opportunity to engage in the human experience and connect with the community. In telling stories of people with disabilities and reaching out to disabled audiences we’re able to embrace everyone, create stronger connections, and yes, even change the world.

Gardiner Comfort is an actor, writer, and teacher who was born and raised in New York City. He was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome at age 7. He holds an MFA in acting from the American Repertory Theater Acting Institute at Harvard University and has traveled the world as an actor in many productions, from Shakespeare to contemporary works. His original solo show “THE ELEPHANT IN EVERY ROOM I ENTER,” created with director Kel Haney is about his life with Tourette Syndrome and his visit to the 2014 TAA National Conference in Washington, DC. He is an adjunct professor of theatrer at Queens College and is on the board of the NYC Chapter of the TAA.

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