Massachusetts
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Empowerment Through The Arts, Ezzell Floranina

Ezzell Floranina, Artistic Director and Founder of The Rainbow Players and Empowerment Through The Arts, (ETTA) International,  is as a creative partnership of individuals, human service agencies, artists, therapists and arts organizations dedicated to creating inclusive programming and ARTS opportunities for the enrichment and empowerment of individuals labeled as “disabled”.   ETTA International is dedicated to offering training in the arts to ALL abilities and all age groups.  Inclusion in the Arts and Culture increases the benefit for the entire community, shifting the mindset of Dis-ability to the recognition of Ability.  A sample mission statement follows:

We believe in taking bold steps in creating unquestioned access to inclusive arts programming for this diverse group of individuals:  diverse in terms of  ethnicity, culture and ability; artists, performers, comedians, and individuals. We are working across cultures and nations through creative exchanges in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Canada, across the US and soon New Zealand.  Our mission of inclusion at all levels of theater and performance arts is mirrored in these creative exchanges.

I Have Worked With

  • December 2016 to October 2019

    Teaching artist and inclusion specialist

  • July 2016

    Took puppetry workshops that are then taught to my troupe, The Rainbow Players.

  • July 2016

    Attended the Festival in 2016, and networked with inclusion-arts based companies from across Europe.  Continue to network and hope to host a multi-Arts International Festival.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Ezzell
Job Title/Position: 
Director, Actor, Dancer, Writer, Creative Consultant, Grant-writer
Mailing Address: 
327 Wendell Rd.
Shutesbury, MA 01072
Physical Address: 
327 Wendell Rd.
Shutesbury, MA 01072
Last Name: 
Floranina
Phone: 
413-256-1205

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Theater - Devised / Artist-Led
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - General
Theater - Children's
Theater - Circus
Theater - Improv
Theater - Musical
Theater - Playwriting
Theater - Puppet
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Theater - Storytelling
Visual/Crafts - Experimental
Year Founded: 
1999
Populations Served: 
Adults
Elders
General Public
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Languages Available: 
American Sign Language
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts in Healthcare
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Performance / Concert / Reading
Professional Development / Training
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Wedding / Parties / Private Gatherings
Writing Services
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
4
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-County Region
State
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Education: 
Director's Lab North, Toronto, CA - Summer, 2016 through Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, NYC
Awards: 
Arts Educator of the Year, 2011- Amherst, MA

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing
We are dedicated to providing access and expanding access, both to the audience and to individuals who wish to access training in the Arts. Inclusion is our core principal and goal- to encourage companies and venues to embrace inclusion and access.

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
Stage and lighting, sound
Fee Range Minimum: 
$40
Fee Range Maximum: 
$500
State of Residence: 
Massachusetts
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
50

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - English as a Second Language
Arts Integration - Foreign Languages
Arts Integration - Health
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Arts Integration - Science / Technology / Engineering
Dance
Media
Theater
Visual/Crafts
Ages Served: 
Pre-Kindergarten-age
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Seniors
Certifications / Training: 
Teacher of the Deaf, since 1977
Teaching Artist, Theater of the Oppressed, since 1985
M. Ed. Theater Arts and Trauma Studies- May 2017