Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Theatrical Interpreting Preparation Series Workshop, Part I for 2014-15

I'm happy to announce that RID has approved up to 3.6 CEUs (CMP and ACET) for the third session of the Theatrical Interpreting Preparation Series (TIPS), Part I, workshop. Preregistration is required and deposits must be received by November 25, 2014. The workshop begins on Saturday, December 6, 2014. See the flyer for full details (link below in overview).

This season I am also offering the TIPS III Study Group (currently under way) and I will be offering TIPS II in April 2015. For TIPS II, Sign Coach Irene Jazowick will be joining me to work with participants in the mentored intensive workshop.  I am also developing a new focused Study Group for spring 2015.


Theatrical Interpreting Preparation Series (TIPS), part I

Description: This workshop will provide participants training in and exposure to the process of performance interpreting, using theater as a vehicle. This initial training is intended for new interpreters, but all levels are welcome. We will meet twice a month on Saturdays for four months, beginning December 2014. Participants will learn different approaches to theatrical interpreting and explore topics such as script analysis, incorporating characterization, translation, altering signing style for the venue and the production, linguistic considerations, and more.  Through a series of meetings, combined with exposure to specific interpreted performances, participants will gain the basic skills necessary for a variety of performing arts situations. Completion of this training is a requirement for the advanced mentored training, which goes through the entire process from receiving the script, translation, preparation, to interpreting a performance of the project show.

You can access the TIPS I flyer here, which includes the dates, fees, included plays, presenter bio, and the registration form.

Fee: $450 includes tickets to all four shows. Preregistration is required with a $100 deposit due by November 25th; this is non-refundable and includes a ticket to the first play. If paid in full by or on our first meeting, you will receive 10% off the workshop fee.

Presenter: Dot Hearn, CI & CT, has been doing performance interpreting since 1997. Portland Center Stage, where she has coordinated the interpreting teams since 2003, was one of her first theatrical interpreting venues. She has also interpreted plays at IFCC, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Profile Theatre, Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland Community College (PCC), OSF in Ashland, and more. Dot graduated from the PCC Sign Language Interpreting Program and went on to become adjunct faculty in that program for eleven years. Dot earned a BS degree from Eastern Oregon University, with a Liberal Arts degree and a double minor in Theater and Writing. In 2001, Dot attended the “Interpreting for the Theater” intensive week-long training in New York City, which was held at Juilliard. That training and the instructors have been instrumental in shaping Dot’s approach to theatrical interpreting and her mentoring of interpreters new to this specialty area. She also served on the RID task force to develop a performance interpreting standard practice paper.

Friday, October 17, 2014

"The Typographer's Dream" interpreted 10/23 at PCS

Portland Center Stage presents
an interpreted performance of

written by Adam Bock

Date & Time: October 23rd at 7:30 pm
Location: Portland Center Stage at The Armory in the Ellen Bye Studio, 128 NW 11th, Portland OR
Tickets: call or purchase at the Box Office 503-445-3700
Interpreters: Dot Hearn, Dana Walls, intern Kassie Hughes
Sign Coach: Irene Jazowick

Summary: The Typographer’s Dream follows the story of a stenographer, a geographer and a typographer. During a career-oriented presentation, it becomes hilariously clear that their personal issues just so happen to correspond with their jobs. As with his hit play The Receptionist, playwright Bock tackles the everyday environment of the workplace from a completely unique, and very witty, perspective.  “Funny, provocative, psychologically revealing, intellectually stimulating and thoroughly enjoyable.” —San Francisco Chronicle

The play runs approximately 70 minutes with no intermission.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Portland Center Stage Adds Open Captions

Portland Center Stage is adding a new level of accessibility to their productions. In addition to one interpreted performance and one audio described performance for each play, they will now be offering one open captioned performance. The captioning company they are using provides captioning services to Broadway shows, many touring shows, and many major national theaters around the US.

The open captioned performances are generally scheduled for 2:00 pm matinees on Saturdays, with two exceptions: "Twist Your Dickens," which will be on a Sunday matinee, and "The Santaland Diaries," which does not have an open captioned performance due to the busy holiday schedule for the captioning company.

The dates for the open captioned performances at Portland Center Stage are on the following dates:

Main Stage shows:

Dreamgirls, November 1
*Twist Your Dickens, Sunday, December 21, 2 pm*
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, February 7
Other Desert Cities, March 21
Cyrano, May 2
Three Days of Rain, June 20

Studio shows:

The Typographer's Dream, November 15
Threesome, February 21
The People's Republic of Portland, April 18
The Lion, June 13

When you order your tickets for main stage plays, make sure to tell the box office staff that you need tickets with sightlines to the open captions (house right). Note that tickets in the Ellen Bye Studio theater are general seating and the open captions will vary based on the production.

For tickets, call the Box Office at 503-445-3700.

The sign language interpreted performances are still on Thursdays at 7:30 pm on the following dates:

10/09  Dreamgirls - Main Stage
10/23  The Typographer’s Dream  - Studio
12/11  The Second City’s A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens - Main Stage
12/18  The Santaland Diaries - Studio
01/29  Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike - Main Stage
02/12  Threesome  - Studio
03/12  Other Desert Cities  - Main Stage
04/09  The People’s Republic of Portland  - Studio
04/23  Cyrano    - Main Stage
05/21  The Lion  - Studio
06/11  Three Days of Rain  - Main Stage

For tickets, call the Box Office at 503-445-3700 and ask for seats in the interpreted section.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

"Dreamgirls" interpreted at PCS 10/9/14


Portland Center Stage presents
an interpreted performance of

Image: Patrick Weishampel

         (a musical)
Thursday, October 9, 2014
7:30 pm on the Main Stage
 Interpreted by Pamela and Edwin Cancel
Sign Coach, Irene Jazowick

Tickets: $30 special price. *NOTE* The tickets are almost sold out in the interpreted section. Call soon to get your tickets for this play the critics are raving about! Call the Box Office for tickets at 503-445-3700.

Winner of six Tony Awards, this groundbreaking musical, loosely based on the career of The Supremes, takes you to a revolutionary time in American music history where three friends form The Dreamettes and learn hard lessons about love, trust and the changing tastes of the American public.

Links to reviews about this production:
OregonLive (review) Dazzling 'Dreamgirls' launches Portland Center Stage's new season
OregonLive "'Dreamgirls' at Portland Center Stage blends glitz and betrayal in Motown musical"
Portland Monthly Magazine's On The Town


Friday, October 3, 2014

Deaf Female Actor Needed for Idaho Shakespeare Festival


Seeking a Deaf Female Actor for
Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s 2015 Idaho Theater for Youth Tour
Paid 13-week contract, beginning February 2nd and ending May 1st of 2015, all happening in Boise and surrounding parts of Idaho. This is a nationwide search - if selected, you will be flown to Boise and we'll arrange your lodging in addition to your salary. There are 3 hearing actors in the play that will tour with this show as well. The first 3 weeks of the contract are rehearsal, and the rest of the 10 weeks is the actual touring all over the state of Idaho and performing the play in elementary schools. We have contracted with a professional performing arts interpreter, who will be with the cast during most of the rehearsal process.
Actor must be 21 years or older, female, look young, and be able to drive. This is a non-equity tour, therefore we cannot cast an equity actor.
If you are interested please upload an audition video (can be any monologue in ASL) to YouTube and e-mail the link along with a headshot and resume to info@idahoshakespeare.org. Any questions can be directed to the same e-mail address.

"Maggie Lumière and the Ghost Train"
By Dwayne Blackaller and Tracy Sunderland
Talented playwright, Dwayne Blackballer, who wrote the ITY touring shows, The Science of Fiction and Air Heart, teams up with Tracy Sunderland, a longtime friend and actress with Idaho Shakespeare Festival, to create a new masterpiece, Maggie Lumière and the Ghost Train.

Maggie loves making movies. She has always seen what others miss; the intricacies of Charlie Chaplin’s walk or the way shadow gives way to light. She’s also deaf, but this has never stopped her. Determined to make a silent film masterpiece, Maggie, and her intrepid posse of movie-making pals, stumble upon a derelict train yard that seems like an ideal movie set. But their shoot is disrupted when they stumble upon a mysterious railroad car that contains a dangerous secret.

Please contact
if you have any question.s


Thursday, September 25, 2014

FallOut: Interpreted and Closed Captioned Performances

Impetus Arts Presents

Stories, music, art, dance, and speeches by artists and activists who fall outside the norms of race, ability and/or gender

"We are artists of color with disabilities creating and advocating for Justice! We are multiracial and multicultural disabled dancers and activists! We are immigrant writers! We are black mothers fighting against the institutionalization of our adult children! We are white trans musicians striving for Racial and Disability Justice! We are hard of hearing poets! We are genderqueer chronically ill filmmakers! We are survivors being judged, institutionalized, and held back from housing and careers, yet we create on! We are performing and speaking October 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12 at Zoomtopia Studio 2, 810 SE Belmont.

For further information or to reserve seats, contact Curtis Walker at 971.275.0794 or email
Attention:  We really want you to be able to attend and participate fully and we want all of our chronically ill community members to be able to also!  Because chemicals and scents make some of our performers and audience members extremely ill, people wearing scents and chemicals will be asked to leave. Please see the scent free policy below for details.  Be scent & chemical free!**
Trigger Warning: Some performances include mention of abuse, self harm and institutionalization.  Don’t hesitate to contact Curtis for more information."

Individual performance information

Friday, October 3

7:00pm - Open Mic Night ($5-10 no one turned away for lack of funds*)

                ASL interpreters: Dana Walls and Kassie Hughes.

                Be scent & chemical free!**

                If you identify as D/deaf, Disabled, Black, Indigenous, as an Immigrant
                and/or a Person of Color please come perform alongside some of the
                cast. Share your dance, storytelling, gender-bending, comedy, poetry,
                musings, singing/music or sing karaoke (make a note of a YouTube Link
                for your karaoke song of choice) and get in free. Audience members
                welcome of all identities.

9:00pm - Short Films (free)

                Close Captioned! Be scent & chemical free!**

            •Sins Invalid: An Unshamed Claim to Beauty.
            for more information go to:

            •salaMEanderings, directed and edited by Neil Marcus
            for more information go to:

Saturday, October 4

7:00pm - Feature film screening - R/EVOLVE
                directed by Billie Rain and written and produced by Basil Shadid.
($10 no one turned away for lack of funds*)
                Closed Captioned! Be scent & chemical free!**
                (No interpreters this performance.)

Sunday, October 5

4:00pm - FallOut Live Performance featuring Bobby Fouther
                ($15, no one turned away for lack of funds*)
                ASL Interpreters: Dana Walls and Kassie Hughes

                **Be scent & chemical free!**
 other performers include:
•Corinthia Bethune
•Ptery P. Lieght
•Tess Raunig
•Heiko Spoddeck
•Curtis Walker

5:30pm - Short Films (free) Close Captioned! Be scent & chemical free!**

            •Sins Invalid: An Unshamed Claim to Beauty.
            for more information go to:

            •salaMEanderings, directed and edited by Neil Marcus
            for more information go to:

Friday, October 10

7:00pm - FallOut Live performance featuring Billie Rain and
                 Emi Koyama ($10 no one turned away for lack of funds*)
                 ASL Interpreters: Kassie Hughes and Carolyn Brockway

                  Be scent & chemical free!**
 other performers include:
•Corinthia Bethune
•Ptery P. Lieght
•Tess Raunig
•Heiko Spoddeck
•Curtis Walker

Saturday, October 11

7:00pm - Guest Speaker Emi Koyama -
               Negative Survivorship
               ($10, no one turned away for lack of funds*)
                ASL Interpreters : Dana Walls and Kassie Hughes

               **Be scent and chemical free!**

         Negative Survivorship: Reclaiming “Victim” and Embracing Unhealthy Coping.

9:00pm - Feature Length Film Heart Breaks Open
                directed by Billie Rain, produced by Basil Shadid
                ($10, no one turned away for lack of funds*)
                Closed Captioned!   Be scent & chemical free!**

Sunday, October 12

4:00pm - FallOut  Final live performance featuring Billie Rain, and Bobby Fouther ($15, no one turned away for lack of funds *)
                ASL Interpreters: Dana Walls and Kassie Hughes

                Be scent & chemical free!**

                other performers include:
•Corinthia Bethune
•Ptery P. Lieght
•Tess Raunig
•Heiko Spoddeck
•Curtis Walker

* We are committed to our no one turned away for lack of funds policy. People at the door will be trained to happily accept whatever you can afford.

**Scent free policy

Because some of the artists and audience members have multiple chemical sensitivities (MSC) and get extremely ill from perfumes and chemicals, all audience members are required to be chemical and scent free for all events. For the safety of the artists, presenters, and audience members, those wearing chemicals and perfumes will be asked to leave and return scent free. FallOut organizers advise that scents and chemicals include but are not limited to perfume, deodorant, hairspray, gel, cigarette and pot smoke and much of mainstream  makeup, and that audience members should be prepared in advance to use only scent free shampoo, soap, make-up, and laundry detergent a full 24 hours before attending, as well as to come in clothing that has not been smoked in, including during show intermissions. FallOut organizers will provide even more information on how to be scent free on this website by a week before the performance including inexpensive or free home remedies/alternatives, and product suggestions. Those who wish to attend that are low income or need assistance purchasing products are encouraged to contact Curtis Walker at 971.275.0794.
note: photos are from past Impetus Arts productions.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Northwest Children's Theater and School Interpreted Performances

Katie Ortolano has been a longtime advocate for making theater accessible to the Deaf Community. She has done it again in her position at Northwest Children's Theater and School. Thanks to Katie's persistence and advocacy, Northwest Children's Theater and School will have one interpreted performance for each of their four productions this 2014-15 season.

The interpreted performance dates and times are:


 Sherlock Holmes 
 10/18/14 at 11am

Mary Poppins 
12/17/14 at noon

The Jungle Book
2/21/25 at noon

 The Little Mermaid
  5/16/15 at noon


Tickets are available now. There are also season subscription packages available.