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Breaking Character

Breaking Character explores disability representation through the eyes of six performers with disabilities trying to make it onto the screen, stage, comedy club circuit, and runway.

Breaking Character

Breaking Character explores disability representation through the eyes of six performers with disabilities trying to make it onto the screen, stage, comedy club circuit, and runway.

  • Curtain Call

    Curtain Call

    Duration: minutes and seconds

    In the season finale, Rachel summons the courage to perform an original song in front of an audience, and Dan is offered a part on a TV sitcom and must figure out how to tweak his character to avoid an ablest trope.

  • Hollywood Endings…

    Hollywood Endings…

    Duration: minutes and seconds

    With one day left before opening night, Catherine and theatre director Ben Stone face the challenges of a complex stage production featuring a hearing, Deaf and partially sighted ensemble.

  • Highs and Lows

    Highs and Lows

    Duration: minutes and seconds

    While Rachel's star is rising with a spot on a morning show and a hush-hush booking, Caeden hits a major roadblock when he loses his hearing aids. Then, Alexia warms up her vocal cords for a voice-over session and gets the opportunity she's been waiting for.

  • Red Light, Green Light

    Red Light, Green Light

    Duration: minutes and seconds

    Dan enters a speaker's competition, but a health scare turns his plans upside down. Meanwhile, Tai joins Andrew Gurza's hit podcast, Disability After Dark, but starts to question whether he wants to be a voice for the disabled community.

  • Doors Open

    Doors Open

    Duration: minutes and seconds

    Dan prepares for his first live comedy show since COVID-19 hit and risks trying out new material. Meanwhile, after landing in Toronto, Rachel books multiple go-sees with high end fashion designers.

  • Disability Visibility

    Disability Visibility

    Duration: minutes and seconds

    Alexia tries out acrobatics with Korina, a stunt performer who is also a Little Person. Meanwhile, Tai lands a guest role on a children's TV show to champion diversity and Dan takes a Tiki taxi to the island with his mentor, Courtney Gilmour.

  • Hey, Ma!

    Hey, Ma!

    Duration: minutes and seconds

    Tai's mom encourages him to start taking responsibility to prepare for life after high school. Meanwhile, Dan overcomes his dislike of virtual open mics while visiting his childhood home.

  • Northern Stars

    Northern Stars

    Duration: minutes and seconds

    While Rachel, a model/musician/activist living with a connective tissue disorder, waits out the pandemic in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Alexia starts apartment hunting in the heart of Toronto. Meanwhile, Tai questions the accessibility barriers that impede his independence.

  • Killing the Dream?

    Killing the Dream?

    Duration: minutes and seconds

    Caeden, an actor/bartender who is a member of the Deaf and hard of hearing community, gets a job offer. Meanwhile, Catherine co-produces and stars in a film based on her experience, and Tai, who is a wheelchair user, mentors a young actress for her first leading role.

  • Plan B or Not Plan B

    Plan B or Not Plan B

    Duration: minutes and seconds

    In the premiere, three performers with disabilities enter the casting room to introduce themselves: Alexia, the first Little Person to graduate from her theatre program; Dan, a comedian who is partially sighted; and actor/bartender Caeden.