Friday, December 12, 2014

NW Children's Theater & School: "Mary Poppins"

News just in from Kate E Ortolano

NWCTS presents an interpreted performance of

Saturday, December 27th at noon 
NW Children's Theater and School
1819 NW Everett, Portland, OR 97209

Interpreted by
Sarah Hewitt, Deb Kropf, Krista Harmon

Tickets are $17 - 21
Section F in the purple seats


"The Santaland Diaries" - Not Your Ordinary Christmas Fun

Portland Center Stage presents
an interpreted performance of

by David Sedaris

Thursday, December 18th, 2014 at 7:30 pm
PCS Ellen Bye Stage at Gerding Theater at the Armory
128 NW Eleventh Ave, Portland, OR

Purchase tickets online with promo code SIGN
for seats in the interpreted section at the correct price of $30
- or call the Box Office at 503-445-3700 -

Interpreter: Jayodin Mosher

Based on the true chronicles of David Sedaris’ experience as Crumpet the Elf in Macy’s Santaland display, this cult classic riffs on a few of Sedaris’ truly odd encounters with his fellow man during the height of the holiday crunch.

Run Time: 
Approximately 75 minutes; no intermission.

The Santaland Diaries is recommended for ages 14+; contains mature content and language, and the secret of Santa is exposed. Children under 6 are not permitted at any PCS production. There is no late seating or re-entry in the Ellyn Bye Studio.

Friday, December 5, 2014

"Twist Your Dickens" Interpreted Performance 12/11/14

Portland Center Stage presents
an interpreted performance of

The Second City's A Christmas Carol

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 at 7:30 pm
PCS Main Stage at Gerding Theater at the Armory
128 NW Eleventh Ave, Portland, OR

Purchase tickets online with promo code SIGN
for seats in the interpreted section at the correct price of $25
- or call the Box Office at 503-445-3700 -

Interpreters: Dot Hearn and Jayodin Mosher

"A complete send-up of the holiday classic, this adult comedy is adorned with the improvisational genius of the legendary comedy troupe The Second City, and includes zany holiday sketches, uproarious improv based on audience participation and an ever-changing list of drop-in local celebrities."

Run Time:
Approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes, including one intermission.
Twist Your Dickens is recommended for ages 14+; contains mature content and strong language. Children under 6 are not permitted at any PCS production. This production uses strobe lighting and theatrical haze.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Calendar is Temporarily Down

Due to a recent Google update to their calendar product, The PAIA calendar feature is temporarily unavailable. As soon as the calendar is rebuilt, it will be made available to assist in planning for upcoming interpreted and signed performances. 

This may take a while, but it will return.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Icon, Classic, Dance, Activism : Four Interpreted Performances

There are four interpreted performances happening in the next two weeks. And at these prices, why not take in two, or three, or all four!


This week, "True West" will be interpreted at Profile Theatre on Thursday, November 13th at 7:30 pm. This is the final production of their Sam Shepard season and they are wrapping up their season with a wild ride. Ticket prices start at $5 (Arts for All program), with other options up to full price at $30 for adults.

1515 SW Morrison St. Portland, OR 97205 on the Alder Stage (lower level)
For tickets, call 503.242.0080.
Interpreters: Rich Hall and Dot Hearn

To confront your own nature, you’ve got to fight like hell. Suddenly together after years of separation, brothers Lee and Austin wage a destructive battle through their fraternal bonds. Moments of humor and levity mingle with loneliness while Shepard’s sharply written play makes us witness to a forceful study of family ties and human frailty.


Later this week, "Much Ado About Nothing" will be interpreted at Portland Community College on Saturday, November 15th, at 7:30 pm in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) at Sylvania Campus.

PCC Sylvania PAC, 12000 SW 49th Ave. Portland, OR 97219
Tickets are available at the door : $10 general public; $8 all students/seniors/PCC staff; $5 per person groups of 10 or more
Interpreters: Carolyn Brockway and Kassie Hughes

William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing takes us to the beloved banter between Beatrice and Benedick, the lover/rivals who jest and joust their way to true love. With unforgettable characters like Dogberry, Verges trying to counter the evil Don John, or the lovable Leonato, Margaret, Ursulla and Don Pedro clamoring to bring the lovers Hero and Claudio to the Friar to be married, this play offers the most laughs per minute than any other Shakespeare. Featuring work by designers Sarah Gahagan, Ashley Smith, DanHays and our talented students, this cast of 19 will bring you to laughter and love like no other play before.


Next week, Jayanthi Raman Dance Company presents SIGN MUDRAS at 7:00 pm on Friday, November 21st. This performance will take place at the Tom Miles Center, Pacific University in Forest Grove. With special guest: Ali Ray, Sign Language Interpreter.

Tickets are FREE for all and are available at the door only. 
Arrive early to get a seat for this popular dance performance.
Interpreter: Ali Ray

An Experimental Dance Theater using Bharatha Natyam and Contemporary Dance with Sign Language for story telling


Wrapping up these two weeks of interpreted performances is "Holding Onto The Sky ," created by the Faultline Ensemble in collaboration with the Rosehip Medic Collective. This performance will be interpreted on Saturday, November 22nd at 8:00 pm.

The Headwaters Theatre, 55 NE Farragut St Suite 9, Portland, Oregon 97211
Tickets suggested donation of $10, with no one turned away for lack of funds. 
To reserve tickets, contact (650) 814-5519 or
Interpreters: Carolyn Brockway and Dana Walls

Set in a fictional post-disaster Portland, this performance explores the ways communities respond to disaster and the destruction of infrastructure, and the ways individuals come together to create networks of support. As neighbors turn to one another in the aftermath of destruction, they share stories that question the nature of disaster response, the effectiveness of our healthcare system, and the resiliency of our communities.


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.