Click on the following link to listen to a talk back with Evan Yankey, Lisa Severino and Joe Salvatore.

Sunday Talk Back


Evan Yankey is the New York City Regional Coordinator for the Self-Advocacy Association of New York State, one of the largest grassroots organization controlled entirely by people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. SANYS works with Families, Service Providers, The Office for People with Developmental disabilities, and does community organizing with over 60 self-advocacy groups in the New York City area and over 200 groups statewide to support people with developmental disabilities speaking up for themselves and others.

Lisa Severino is a self-advocate working with the Self-Advocacy Association of New York State for 7 years as a grassroots organizer. She is also a member of the Queens Developmental Disabilities Council Legislative Committee, and is appointed by the Governor’s office to the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council where she oversees the awarding of grant funding for innovative services and supports for people with developmental disabilities.


Joe Salvatore is a playwright and director based in New York and a Clinical Associate Professor of Educational Theatre at NYU’s Steinhardt School where he teaches courses in acting, directing, Shakespeare, play development, ethnodrama, and applied theatre. His creative work often explores gender, sexuality, and relationship construction, and he has created verbatim interview theatre plays focused on bullying and social combat, class and socioeconomic status, and open relationships. Joe is also the founder and lead team member for Project Pay Attention, an initiative that asks people to pay closer attention to their actions and the words they use, either verbally, in writing, or via social media ( Joe is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, American Alliance for Theatre and Education, and an alum of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab.