Deaf Spotlight seeks Deaf/Hard of Hearing (D/HH) actors based in the Pacific Northwest to participate in upcoming play readings and/or theatrical festival.
If selected, actors will be featured in play readings for one evening and or/ theatrical festival.
Auditions will take place on Monday, December 3rd and Tuesday, December 4th at a Seattle location.
Please submityour contact information, resume, and headshot to Deaf Spotlight Presents team by Monday, November 26, 2018.
Deaf Spotlight promotes inclusive and diverse theater opportunities for all. We encourage all potential actors to apply without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic.
Must be fluent in ASL
Must have some experience in performing arts
18 years old or older
Translations, Dec 8-13, 2018, in person or via videoconference
Friday, December 14, 2018, 6-10 pm
Saturday, December 15, 5 - 9 pm (if needed)
Translations, Jan 27 - Feb 2, 2019; in person or via videoconference
Rehearsals, Feb 3-14, 2019; Monday through Friday, 6-9pm, and weekends, 10am-6pm
Performances, Feb 15-17, 2019; Friday 5-10pm, Saturday 10am-8pm, and Sunday 10am-3pm (subject to change)
Open Call for Presentations
Deadline: November 16, 2018
WSRID & Deaf Spotlight are now accepting proposals to present at the Deaf Talks 2019. Deaf Talks focuses on highlighting the kaleidoscope of insight and experiences within the Deaf/DeafBlind communities.
This is an annual community event for sharing ideas, exploring new concepts and introducing attendees to the latest knowledge, concerns, and inspirations in the Deaf/ DeafBlind communities. Whether a first time presenter, or a seasoned expert, Deaf/DeafBlind people of all experience are welcome to submit their proposals. All presentations will be conducted in sign language.
Submitting a proposal is easy, please:
Ensure your proposal demonstrates educational value for one or more of the target audiences (Deaf community members, Deaf Blind community members, ASL students, ASL interpreters, ASL instructors/educators).
Provide a presentation description that would be adapted or included in marketing materials.
Provide completed contact information.
Provide a short bio in 40 words or less.
Provide a high resolution headshot in color.
Read and accept speaker guidelines:
Your presentation is at least 15-20 minutes long.
Provide a detailed outline of the session that includes all the key learning points and objectives.
Any slide presentations must be limited to a maximum of 10 slides.
Review & verify all information before submitting, as your materials may be published and used in marketing materials.
Submit the proposal along with your required materials by November 16, 2018 by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Deaf Talks Proposal”. Please clearly label all of your files with your last name.
All completed proposals will be reviewed by a screening panel of WSRID & Deaf Spotlight members, submitters will be notified by November 30, 2018.
Congrats to @GregoryAwards’ all nominees, honorary recipients and winners for their wonderful work on the stage. Happy 10th anniversary! This is a happy and rare moment in #deaftalent history where four Deaf people are recognized for their theater work in the Pacific Northwest.
Many thanks to @soundtheatrecompany for the bilingual production and collaboration, “ASL Midsummer Night’s Dreams.” Recipient of People’s Choice Award: Outstanding Production (Play).
Howie and Billy Seago were the recipients of Gregory A. Falls Sustained Achievement Award this year for their longtime involvement in both Deaf and mainstream theater communities. Rob Roth, one of the Deaf Spotlight cofounders, presented the award to Seago Brothers.
Ryan Schlecht was nominated as a Supporting Actor in a Play as Ned Bottoms in Sound Theatre Company's “ASL Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
Josh Castille, along with EJ Cardona, were nominated for the Leading Actor in a Musical as Quasimodo in the 5th Avenue Theatre ‘s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” They were the winners of this category tonight!
Luce Victoria LeBlanc, one of our board members, was shown along with other invaluable PNW theater contributors who had passed away during “In Memoriam” segment.
Thanks for a fun community outing. Congrats again!
It is with great sadness we announce that Luce Victoria LeBlanc, one of our current Board of Directors, passed away on October 15, 2018. Her endless commitment as an community activist, a creative designer, an steadfast volunteer and coordinator for many events, an youth arts instructor, and a stage manager will be greatly missed. As a consummate professional and valued Board member, Luce did not fail to bring her wit and humor to Deaf Spotlight. Luce was a gem in the Deaf community who left this world too soon.
Deaf Spotlight’s Board of Directors and Executive Director extends our deepest sympathies to the LeBlanc family. Please keep Luce’s family in your thoughts as they go through this difficult time.
Patty Liang, Executive Director
Deaf Spotlight Board of Directors
Gala Award Ceremony
May 12, 2018
Deaf Spotlight believes in supporting, encouraging and celebrating the Deaf visual, cinema, and performing arts, and we are thrilled to start a new annual tradition--recognizing outstanding supporters, artists, and organizations for their important contributions to our local Deaf community in the Pacific Northwest. These three recipients were recognized at our first Gala at Fremont Abbey Arts Center, Seattle, WA. Well deserved! Congrats!
We begin with the COMMUNITY INCLUSION award, which recognizes an organization (nonprofit or for profit) that has made an effort to include Deaf people in every aspect of the artistic process; hiring Deaf artists or employees, showcasing Deaf artists’ work, and collaborating with Deaf artists to promote Deaf culture and language. With their efforts, they have worked towards a positive experience for diverse theater participants and inspired other organizations to follow their lead.
COMMUNITY INCLUSION AWARD | Oregon Shakespeare Festival
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) has been providing accessible performances for more than 30 years. Since the first ASL interpreted performances in 1990, over 90 Interpreters and ASL Masters have worked at OSF, interpreting more than 100 productions, including 30 Shakespeare plays. In 2018, there will be eight interpreted performances, and assistive listening and captioning devices will be available.
We are very fortunate to have a Deaf art community in the Pacific Northwest full of talented artists, performers, directors, and more. Our Awards Committee reviewed potential nominees who have made a significant contribution to Deaf arts. There were many! We chose someone who has made and continues to make a significant contribution to the PNW and international deaf art community.
ARTIST OF THE YEAR | Ann Silver
Art was Ann Silver’s first language long before she learned English and then American Sign Language. Visual art is Silver’s foremost weapon for social change. Recurring themes in her work include language oppression, Deaf identity, cultural freedom and unity, ASL, Deaf heritage, and more.
As a trailblazer, Silver has fought tirelessly for recognition, equality, and justice for the Deaf artist community, and also advocates for the inclusion of Deaf Art in the museum/gallery world and in academia. An artist biography titled ANN SILVER: Deaf Artist Series captures her life and work as a pioneering artivist.
Our final award for tonight, Patron of the Arts, is for persons who have fostered Deaf Spotlight’s mission and programming by giving their time and money in support of our efforts to advance the Deaf art community to the next level. The Deaf Spotlight Board and I agreed that Rob Roth exemplifies these values and much more.
PATRON OF THE ARTS | Rob Roth
Originally from Chicago, Rob Roth attended the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology, and received his Masters in Art Education at CSUN. Now retired, Rob is renewing his interest in creating art. He has provided presentations on how Deaf artists express their Deaf experience in their artwork, as well as how Deaf culture and growing up Deaf influences a person’s identity. Rob is proud to be one of the founders of Deaf Spotlight.