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Ali Stroker-American Singer and Actress

Ali Stroker-American Singer and Actress

Ali Sroker, a groundbreaking performer with an inspiring story, is an American actress and singer. She if the first actress who needs a wheelchair for mobility know to have appeared on a Broadway stage. In 2011, Stroker made an appearance in the short, I Was a Mermaid and Now I’m a Pop Star. The in 2012 Ali was part of the Glee Project, and won a guest starring role on Glee in 2013. She played the role of Anna in Deaf West’s 2015 revival of Spring Awakening.

 

In 2009, Stroker became the first actress in a wheelchair to earn a degree from NYU Tisch Drama Department. She became the first Actor in history to perform on Broadway in Spring Awakening. Her performance in the Role of Olive in The Twenty-Fifth Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee earned Stroker a Barrymore Award Nomination, and exceptional acclaim when reprised at the Papermill Playhouse. In addition to her work on and off Broadway, Stroker has enjoyed solo performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and New York’s Town Hall as well as concert appearances at the Lincoln Center.

 

In 2014, Stroker gained a role in the film Cotton alongside Gary Cole. Later in 2014 and into 2015, Stroker earned a three-episode role playing the character Wendy in MTV’s series, Faking It.

 

An Ardent humanitarian and advocate, Stroker is a co-chair of Women Who Care, which supports United Cerebral Palsy of NYC as well as Be More Heroic, and anti-bullying campaign which tours the country connecting with thousands of students each year. Stroker’s devotion to education and inspiring others has taken Ali to South Africa with ARTS InsideOut, where she holds theatre workshops and classes for women and children affected by HIV and AIDS.

 

Stroker grew up in Ridgewood, New Jersey with her Parents, Jody Schleicher and Jim Stroker, as well as an older brother, Jake, and a younger sister, Tory. At the age of two, Stroker was in a car accident that left her unable to walk due to a spinal cord injury. At the age of seven, she saw her first Broadway show and realized at that moment that was what she wanted to do.

 

Stroker’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”.