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Taro Alexander
Camp Our Time’s Founder & Director, is an accomplished performer, teacher, and director who has stuttered since the age of five. His artistic impulses were encouraged by his parents at an early age and his interest in contributing to social change was influenced greatly by the work of his father, the late Bobby Alexander, who founded the legendary Living Stage Theatre Company in Washington, DC. Alexander graduated from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and went on to be cast in his first professional role at the age of nineteen in the National Tour of Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers. After years of building a successful performing career, including four years in the cast of the Off-Broadway smash STOMP and appearances on NBC's Law & Order, Alexander decided that it was time to realize his lifelong dream of utilizing art to transform the lives of people who stutter. He founded Our Time Theatre Company in 2001, and inaugurated the company's camp program in 2008. Alexander has been widely recognized for his work with people who stutter and has led workshops, master classes, and performances around the world from Dublin to Montreal to Glasgow to Chicago to San Francisco to New Orleans. In March 2002, he was honored by the National Council on Communicative Disorders at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, where he received the Charles Van Riper Award. In July 2005, he gave the keynote address at the National Association of Young People Who Stutter (Friends) Conference in Cleveland. Alexander and Our Time have been featured on NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams, NPR's All Things Considered, The Today Show, WNBC, as well as in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, and Associated Press.

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Articles From Taro Alexander
Friday May 27, 2011 15:00 PM ET
It is estimated that more than 65 million people in the world stutter, including 5% of all children.  In a world that can be unkind to those who are different, kids who stutter often struggle to step out of the...

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