Ali Stroker makes history with Tony Award win

In this Thursday, May 30, 2019, photo, Ali Stroker poses for a portrait in New York. (Photo by Scott Gries/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK CITY — Ali Stroker has made history as the first actor in a wheelchair to win a Tony Award.

Stroker, paralyzed from the chest down due to a car crash when she was 2, is one of the stars of the new edgy revival of "Oklahoma!" She won the best featured actress in a musical award for playing Ado Annie.

After graduating from New York University, Stroker was in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey as well as "The Glee Project" and "Glee" on TV.

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She dedicated her win to every child who has a disability and has been waiting to see themselves represented in theater.

She made her Broadway debut in a revival of "Spring Awakening" in 2015, becoming the first Broadway actor who uses a wheelchair.

The 31-year-old has said she believes it's high time the disabled are represented on stages and sound stages authentically, noting that one in five Americans lives with a disability.