New Phamaly Theatre Company artistic director in residence Regan Linton.

(Courtesy Vanie Poyey)

 A car crash in college left actress Regan Linton paralyzed from the chest down. Linton has since used a manual wheelchair and says she's come to view her "wheels" as a creative asset.

Linton, a Denver native, recently returned to Colorado to take a new gig: as artistic director in residence with Englewood-based Phamaly Theatre Company. Every Phamaly show has a cast comprised entirely of performers with disabilities. Linton has appeared in many of its productions. She is believed to be the only person in a wheelchair to artistically lead a major U.S. theater organization. That's according to the national organization, Theatre Communications Group.

Phamaly's holiday production, "Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol," runs Thursday through Dec. 18 at the Courtyard Theatre on the Auraria campus in Denver. 

Linton spoke with Colorado Matters host Nathan Heffel.

Related: Colorado Theater Company Makes Its Shows More Accessible To People With Disabilities