When Maysoon Zayid presented the most watched TED Talk of 2014, she spoke of a turning point in her career: her senior year studying theater at Arizona State University.
That year, Zayid auditioned for the role of a girl with cerebral palsy.
“I was a girl with cerebral palsy, so I was convinced that I was finally going to get the part. And I didn’t get the part,” she said. In that moment, Zayid more closely understood the challenges facing disabled performers.
Now, the stand-up comedian, co-founder of the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival, Hollywood actress and global advocate for equality is back in ASU’s classrooms, this time as a faculty member and comedian-in-residence — thought to be the first role of its kind for a university.
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