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Zoom In: Best Practices for ASL Interpretation in Virtual Theatre // Spring 2021
Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM EDT
Category: FY21 Workshops

Zoom In: Best Practices for ASL Interpretation in Virtual Theatre

Wednesday, May 26, 2021
4:00pm - 5:30pm ET

Location: Zoom
Intended Audience: Theatre access administrators & coordinators, sign language interpreters, Deaf Artistic / Sign Language consultants, and others who are interested in creating quality service provision of interpreted shows. Open to non-A.R.T./New York members.
Participation Level: Low - Zoom Webinar with Q&A

Virtual theatre is here to stay, and that means exploring new forms of accessibility. ASL interpretation in the virtual space is very different from live in-person interaction. What are the ingredients we need to make this 2D platform come alive and engage the Deaf audience?

Join A.R.T./New York and Hands On for a lively conversation about the challenges and opportunities of virtual ASL interpretation, using The Public Theater's exemplary sign language interpreted version of their digitally created show, The Line, as a case study. Panelists from the theatre, the access organization, and the Director of American Sign Language for the interpreting team will discuss the unique challenges they encountered and the creative solutions that led to the making of a carefully curated interpreted performance on a digital platform.

**Discussion presented in both English and ASL. Interpreters and real-time captioning will be provided.**

Richard Denney is Director of Audience Services for The Public Theater in NYC. As an experienced arts professional he understands the importance of relationships, communication, and access. His lifelong passion for the arts has developed into a career focused on creating that same passion in others. In his role at The Public Theater, when not focused on patron care and experience, he leads the charge to ensure that everyone has a place in the room regardless of ability.

Beth Prevor is a co-founder and Executive Director of Hands On, an arts service organization that advocates for access to the cultural arts for the Deaf community and audiences with disabilities. For the last 35+ years, Hands On has been providing access for the Deaf and hard of hearing communities of NYC through sign language interpreted theater at some of NYC’s most prestigious theaters including The Roundabout Theater Company, The New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater and The New Victory Theater.

Anne Tomasetti, CDI, is a nationally certified interpreter for 18 years, with BAs in Theatre and ASL Studies from Gallaudet University. She performed and toured with the National Theatre of the Deaf, Cleveland Playhouse Signstage Theatre, Centerlight Theatre of Chicago, and New York Deaf Theatre. In NYC, Anne is an 18-year theater interpreter director/advisor/interpreter for Hands On whose work spans 90+ stage productions, working with The Public's Shakespeare in the Park, Roundabout Theatre, Signature Theatre, and other theatres both On and Off-Broadway. She is an occasional "Interpreting for the Theater" teaching artist for A.R.T./New York and Hands On, and is also a Director of ASL, ASL Master, and Consultant for TV and films, most recently for CODA (Sundance 2021 Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner) and Crip Camp (Sundance 2020 Audience Award Winner). During the day, Anne is a CDI with the NYC Department of Education.


Join us for a discussion on The Role of Directors of Artistic Sign Language on June 2!

For accessibility requests or additional information about this event, please contact Kirsten Sweeney at [email protected]

Contact: Kirsten Sweeney - [email protected]