Colman Domingo
Subscribe To
The Advocate
Scroll To Top

Out Actress Ali Stroker Makes History as First in Wheelchair to Win a Tony 

Ali Stroker

Oklahoma star Ali Stroker made history on Sunday as the first person who uses a wheelchair to win a Tony Award. The actress who first made a name for herself in 2012 on The Glee Project and later as a guest star on Glee and Faking It is also bisexual.

The 31-year-old took home the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for playing Ado Annie in the revival of Oklahoma.

"This award is for every kid who is watching tonight who has a disability, who has a limitation or a challenge, who has been waiting to see themselves represented in this arena, you are,” Stroker said in her acceptance speech.

Prior to her win, Stroker performed her number "I Cain't Say No," and the big number "Oklahoma!" with the cast for the crowd. 

Stroker became the first person who uses a wheelchair to appear on Broadway in Deaf West’s production of Spring Awakening in 2015.

A car accident at the age of two left her paralyzed from the chest down, according to NBC.

While appearing on the Glee Project, Stroker came out as bisexual when she began dating fellow contestant Dani Shay. That relationship has since ended but Stroker said in 2017, “I wanted to come out because I was dating a woman and I was so proud to be with her. Labels aside, I was with her because I was in love with her.”

From our Sponsors