Creator & Author
Danny Jordan is a proud husband and dad, and lover of sports and live theater. When his daughter was diagnosed with an upper limb difference in 2018, he became an advocate for inclusion and accurate representation of disability in media.
Outside of this thrilling new literary adventure, Danny has produced and directed over 150 hours of primetime major network and cable television programming. He has also worked extensively as a branded media executive and sponsor producer, securing partnerships with and successfully integrating leading brands into traditional and digital media. Select producing credits include: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Biggest Loser, MasterChef, Deal or No Deal, Storage Wars, and Playbill Presents: The Broadway Cast (Top 100 Apple Podcast).
The premiere story in The Capables series is Danny’s first time ever writing a book, and it is his hope that this is just the beginning for the series.
Follow Danny on Instagram @dannyjordan
Agustina Perciante was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Growing up, she would spend hours drawing her favorite cartoons. Everywhere she went, she had a pencil in her hand.
Nowadays, Agustina is a full-time illustrator and not a day goes by when she isn’t making art.
Follow Agustina on Instagram @percima.art
Each story in the series aims to accurately and responsibly represent disability. The Capables’ Advisory Board plays a vital role in ensuring the stories, along with the language and illustrations used, are appropriate and support positive progress.
Kizzi Barazetti has extensive experience in the entertainment industry as a model, host and commercial actor. She has worked with high profile clients such as Neutrogena, Target and Hard Rock Café on both national and international campaigns. In September 2020 Kizzi graduated with a Masters degree in Gender, Media and Culture from the London School of Economics. Her focus is media inclusivity, critically interrogating how different media reinforces or subverts stereotypes, social roles and ideologies. Kizzi met author Danny Jordan whilst working together on CNBC’s game show ‘Deal or No Deal’ where she featured as briefcase #24, she will be supporting The Capables by auditing and advising on all creative content.
On Instagram @reallifekizzi
RYAN J. HADDAD
Ryan J. Haddad is an actor, playwright, and autobiographical performer based in New York. His acclaimed solo play Hi, Are You Single? was presented in The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival and continues to tour the country. Other New York credits include My Straighties (Ars Nova/ANT Fest), Noor and Hadi Go to Hogwarts (Theater Breaking Through Barriers), and the cabaret Falling for Make Believe (Joe’s Pub/Under the Radar). Regional theatre: The Maids, Lucy Thurber’s Orpheus in the Berkshires (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and Hi, Are You Single? (Guthrie Theater, Cleveland Play House, Williamstown Theatre Festival). He has a recurring role on the Netflix series “The Politician.” Additional television: “Bull,” “Madam Secretary,” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”
Haddad is a recipient of IAMA Theatre Company’s Shonda Rhimes Unsung Voices Playwriting Commission and Rising Phoenix Repertory’s Cornelia Street American Playwriting Award. His work has been developed with The Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Noor Theatre, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Primary Stages, and Pride Plays. He is an alum of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group and a former Queer|Art Performance and Playwriting Fellow, under the mentorship of Moe Angelos.
On Instagram @ryanjhaddad
Mika is an anti-racist and anti-bias educator, social-emotional learning specialist, education consultant, and nonprofit advisor. Mika has worked with hundreds of students and families in marginalized communities as a Teach For America Chicago Head Start teacher, a KIPP Foundation school founder in Los Angeles, and a program director at MindUP | The Goldie Hawn Foundation. She is an advisory council member of Pánfila Domestic Violence HOPE Foundation and a 2020 Leadership For Educational Equity Public Leaders Fellow. Mika holds 3 professional teaching licenses in Illinois and California, a bachelor’s degree in K-12 Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a master’s degree in Education from Dominican University.
Nicole Kelly stepped into the role of public figure after winning the 2013 title of Miss Iowa & going on to compete at the 2014 Miss America Pageant. She gained attention for being one of a few competitors to have ever competed with a physical disability. After working for a year as Miss Iowa & traveling across the country to advocate for those living with a disability, Nicole began speaking professionally. Nicole is represented by Keppler Speaking Agency & has proudly spoken at hundreds of K-12 schools & given educational lectures at universities across the country. Nicole is proud to be an advisory company member of National Disability Theatre, is co-host of the podcast, Disarming Disability, & served as the emcee at the Kennedy Center's celebration for the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
It is Nicole's mission to educate as many people as possible about those living with a physical disability. Nicole is a proud ambassador for CoApt, an advanced control solution designed to enhance the functionality of a powered myoelectric prosthesis for those with upper limb loss or limb difference.
In 2017 Nicole completed her master’s degree in broadcast journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
On Instagram @nicolegkelly
Jason is a filmmaker with over a decade of credits in film and television. He began his career working alongside several Academy & Peabody Award winning filmmakers, and has personally been nominated for four NY Emmys. His editing credits include documentaries for ESPN, PBS, and several NY Emmy winning series. In 2019, Jason made his directorial debut with Despite The Loss – a raw, unflinching, personal documentary about what it's like to live and love, with a limb difference.
I accepted the invitation to join the Advisory Board for The Capables because I want to make sure that any story representative of the limb difference
community is told as authentically as possible. I believe there are many kids (and adults) in the world struggling with their limb difference, and seeing characters that look like you reflected accurately in media can be a powerful agent for change.
On Instagram @despitethelossfilm