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Monday, May 08, 2017

Meet the Man Who Makes Broadway Autism-Friendly

Playbill: “You might be wondering how I got the greatest job in the world,” writes Harry Smolin in remarks he delivered to the cast of Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera in November.

At 18, Smolin may be one of the youngest influencers in the industry. As a special consultant for the Theatre Development Fund’s Autism Theatre Initiative, Smolin—who himself has autism—is the voice and logic behind adjusted autism-friendly performances of Broadway shows. As TDF’s Director of Accessibility Programs Lisa Carling says, “Harry keeps us honest.”

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