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What We Are

Broadway for Autism is an organization dedicated to creating access and inclusivity in arts education for individuals on the autism spectrum, spanning the arts-related professions. 

Where We Are

Broadway for Autism is based in Los Angeles, but fundraising efforts are intended to impact neurodiverse individuals across the United States and worldwide.

Why We Are

Broadway for Autism springs from the diversity and inclusivity movement. We are arts professionals looking to support neurodiverse representation in the Arts.

Who We Are

Broadway for Autism is conceived as a series of All-Star Broadway events. Our concerts will be major attractions featuring the work of today’s top stage stars, raising money through ticket sales, silent auctions, and other fundraising efforts. All proceeds will go to organizations that support and promote artistic advancement and education for Neurodiverse individuals.

Dana Meller

Dana Meller began her career on Broadway, appearing as Eponine in Les Miserables and as Estelle in the first national tour of The Full Monty, followed by dozens of roles in regional and local productions. While remaining active in theatre, her heart is in applied behavior analysis, which has been her focus for the past twenty years. As a proud graduate of New York University, she specializes in early intervention and the treatment of adolescents with developmental disabilities. Her primary role these days is as cofounder of PASS the Big ABA Exam, a board exam preparation program which since 2012 has helped countless students across the United States and in more than 66 countries worldwide pass the exam. Having long been a leading presenter on exam prep, she has recently expanded those events to broader ABA topics such as entrepreneurship, professionalism, inclusivity, and diversity. In addition, Dana serves as CEO for an ABA provider in Los Angeles and is at work creating a startup aiming to make life easier for special needs families and neurodiverse communities.

Clifford Bell

Clifford Bell is a 40-year veteran of concerts, one person shows, and live variety productions. Affectionately known as “Lawrence Of Cabarabia”, Clifford is an acclaimed director, producer, podcaster, and occasional singer who has been one of the leading voices in the art of cabaret, which he defines as “live entertainment in intimate settings”, for decades. He made his first mark in the world of Broadway oriented concerts co-directing (with Lara Teeter) “Direct From Broadway” starring Tony Award winners Debbie Gravitte (“Jerome Robbins’ Broadway”) and Michael Maguire (“Les Miserables”). Clifford is also the host and producer of the popular podcast “Cabarabia”, which focuses on interviews and profiles of performers, composers, producers, venue owners, and others relevant to the nightclub experience. He is perhaps best known for “Our Name Is Barbra”,  his annual birthday party for Barbra Streisand, now in its 24th year, benefitting the beloved charity organization “Project Angel Food”, (www.angelfood.org) exclusively for the last seven years. He is also a frequent contributor to the elegant, industry magazine “Cabaret Scenes”.

Shannon Penrod

Shannon Penrod is a PONI (Parent of a Neurodiverse Individual) and the host of Autism Live, the #1 rated Autism Podcast worldwide. For the last fourteen years she has devoted her life to providing information, support, and resources to the Autism Community. Shannon holds an MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory and worked in the Broadway theatre world in management, running the offices of Gatchell & Neufeld for such shows as CATS, Song & Dance, Precious Sons, and Smile. Shannon’s book Autism: Parent to Parent; Sanity Saving Advice Every Parent of a Child on the Autism Spectrum Needs to Know will be released by Future Horizons in July of 2022.