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Ryan O'Connell: Inclusive by Design Presented by The Rozsa

Thursday, March 28, 2024, 7:30 pm

Emmy®-nominated and Writers Guild Award-winning writer, actor, and produce Ryan O'Connell will breakdown what systemic ableism is, discsuss how to build inclusivity into spaces in ways that go beyond ADA compliance, and talk about why representation matters now more than ever (and tell us what we can do about it). 

CONTENT GUIDANCE | This speaker event will cover topics of ableism, inclusivity, and representation. Expect some adult language.

PRESENTER | Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts
VENUE | Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts
DURATION | 60 minutes
TICKETS | Free Tickets for all through the Van Evera Memorial Endowment
SEATING | General Admission

Additional Events

Pre-Show reception: Join us in the Rozsa Lobby before the event for light refreshments and conversation.

Photo Op with Ryan O'Connell: Join us in the lobby following the event for an opportunity to take a picture with Ryan.


Ryan O’Connell is a two-time Emmy® award winner most known for creating SPECIAL, a four-time Emmy®-nominated and Writers Guild Award-winning short-form series on Netflix, which he wrote and executive produced for two seasons. O’Connell also received a Special Recognition Award from GLAAD Award and a Visibility Award from the HRC. SPECIAL, which is also executive produced by Jim Parsons, is loosely based on O’Connell’s own upbringing and experience as a gay man navigating the world with cerebral palsy. Most recently, O’Connell was a Co-Executive Producer and star of the QUEER AS FOLK reboot, which premiered on Peacock. He previously worked on the writing staff on NBC’s revival of WILL & GRACE, MTV’s AWKWARD, and Netflix’s THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB.

O’Connell is also an accomplished, sought-after writer and his voice is both refreshing and unique. He is the author of I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves, part-memoir, part-manifesto which was published by Simon & Schuster in 2015 to widespread praise. O’Connell’s debut novel Just By Looking At Him was just published by Atria, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. He is set to write, direct, produce and star in the film adaptation with FilmNation and Berlanti. 


Support for this the Rozsa Presenting Series and this event provided by

The College of Engineering

The Office of the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion

Student Disability Services

and donors like you. View current donors to the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. 


Noise-canceling headphones
Available at the Rozsa Box Office.

Assisted Listening Devices
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Print and Digital Programs

Digital Program
The full program will be available online at least one day in advance for all devices and is compatible with most screen readers. 

Limited Print Program
Print programs containing limited show information will be available at the door.

Large-Print Program
A large-print version of the limited print program is available in advance online. A limited quantity is printed and available at the Rozsa Box Office.

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