Ali Stroker has made history, becoming the first person in a wheelchair to ever win a Tony Award, according to the Independent, dedicating her win to children with disabilities who have wanted to see themselves represented in theater.
Stroker, 31, won the award for best featured actress in a musical on Sunday for her role as Ado Annie in the revival of Oklahoma!
She is paralyzed from the chest down due to a car crash when she was two years old, according to the Independent. She made her theater debut at age seven, when she was cast as the title role in Annie in a friend’s backyard production in New Jersey. When she sang, she says, she “felt so free.”
She graduated from New York University and was cast in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey, as well as in The Glee Project and Glee on TV. She first appeared on Broadway in a revival of Spring Awakening in 2015 — and became the first Broadway actor who uses a wheelchair.
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