THE GLEE PROJECT's Ali Stroker Brings FINDING GLEE to 54 Below Tonight

54 BELOW presents Ali Stroker in "Finding Glee" tonight, December 10, 2013 at 7pm. "Finding Glee" tells the story of Ali Stroker's unexpected journey to the FOX hit show GLEE, with all of the road bumps and successes along the way. Ali belts out musical theatre classics and radio hits as she shares these hilarious and heartwarming stories.

Co-Directed by Sam Pinkleton (Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812; Machinal) and Annie Tippe (Mission Drift, Aaron/Marie), with musical direction by Nathan Dame (Mr. Burns, What's It All About?) and a special appearance by comedian John Early (30 Rock), "Finding Glee" chronicles this young woman's ability to turn her limitations of a wheelchair into gold.

Ali Stroker in "Finding Glee" plays 54 Below (254 West 54th Street) on December 10, 2013 at 7pm. There is a $30-$40 cover charge and $25 food and beverage minimum. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com. Tickets on the day of performance after 4:00 are only available by calling (646) 476- 3551.

MORE ABOUT Ali Stroker: Ali has been a New York City actress and singer for more than three quarters of her life. She began performing professionally at the age of eleven. Most recently, she was a finalist on season two of The Glee Project and then played Artie's love interest on the fifth season of GLEE. Ali grew up in Ridgewood, NJ and was a member of the New Player's Company. She is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, concentration in drama. After college, she performed Off Broadway in MRS. SHARP with Jane Krakowski. Ali was the lead in The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee at the Papermill Playhouse. Ali is paralyzed from the chest down due to a car accident, and has used a wheelchair since she was two- years-old. She strives to inspire other people with disabilities who want to pursue a career in performance to follow their dreams. She is a spokesperson for Be More Heroic, an anti-bullying campaign, Colours Wheelchairs, The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, and she is a founding member of The Walk and Roll Dance Team. Ali is a teaching artist with Arts InsideOut and has traveled to South Africa twice to teach children and mothers affected by HIV/AIDS. For more information visit www.alistroker.com.

MORE ABOUT THE COLLABORATORS:

Sam Pinkleton (Co-Director) is currently choreographing the upcoming Broadway production of Machinal (Roundabout/American Airlines) and is represented Off-Broadway with Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 (Kazino) and Buyer & Cellar (Barrow Street). Other recent choreography includes Marie Antoinette (Soho Rep), Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play (Playwrights Horizons), The Material World (Dixon Place), and Spring Awakening (Olney Theater Center). He is co-director of The Dance Cartel's long-running ONTHEFLOOR and a member of The Civilians R&D Group and Witness Relocation. Upcoming projects include Stage Kiss and Fly By Night at Playwrights Horizons. www.sampinkleton.com

Annie Tippe (Co-Director) - Annie is a New York-based director and performer. She was the Associate Director for the TEAM's production of Mission Drift, which recently toured Australia and Hong Kong (dir. Rachel Chavkin). Directing credits include Aaron/Marie (Under the Radar Incoming Series at Joe's Pub; Prelude Festival '13; Ars Nova Ant Fest), DEBUTANTE. (Ars Nova Ant Fest), The Fall of Hotel Mudafier (SWIFT); Dinosaur Play (HERE Arts); Tom's Nightmare (Reading; Pipeline Theater Company), The Collected Rules of Gifted Camp (The Brick); First Ladies Project (E. 4th Street Theater). Williamstown Theater Directing Intern 2012. Director for HERE Arts's Smith & Tinker Writers Group 2013.




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