From the Stage to Zoom: Hands On Theater Accessibility for Deafblind (and Deaf) Audiences
Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020
Join us for a friendly discussion roundtable with Kaitlyn Mielke on the current situation for Deaf & DeafBlind audiences, now that live performances have moved to a virtual platform during this pandemic.
Time: 4-6 EST (1-3 PST)
Location: Zoom meeting room
What to bring: Questions and experiences regarding Deaf/DeafBlind theater accessibility for virtual & live performances. (Focus on Deafblind access, though access benefits all Deaf, HOH, and hearing as well).
Please be considerate of your background and wardrobe choices as well as lighting options for visual accessibility.
This event will be in ASL only.
SPACE LIMITED TO 18 PEOPLE
If you cannot make it, please email your feedback to us at email@example.com. We would love to have your thoughts and inputs!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP by Friday, November 13, 2020. More details will be shared after your confirmation.
Accessibility Requests need to be made by Nov 1, 2020 to ensure full participation.
Guest Facilitator: Kaitlyn Mielke
Bio: A lifetime arts and theatre aficionado, Kaitlyn has dabbled in multiple disciplines of the arts and theater world. As a Deafblind writer/actor, she enjoys being behind the curtain as a consultant to sign language interpreting teams for touring Broadway shows and advising theaters by providing insight into theater accessibility for Deaf & Deafblind patrons. She is known as the “whole package deal” in the theater community, as she provides insight from multiple intersectionalities including Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deafblind, Deaf + low vision, interpreter, actor, and theatermaker. This unique collection of perspectives allows her to advocate for access from all aspects of theatre making.
Kaitlyn got her start in arts advocacy as an outreach specialist for VSA Minnesota through an internship made possible through the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2012. Kaitlyn recently participated in National Theatre of the Deaf’s Playwright Convening as a theatermaker (along other roles such as script doctor, Zoom stage manager, and virtual accessibility expert). She has performed "For Good" from the musical Wicked with the original Glinda, Kristin Chenoweth; appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show for the 40th anniversary reunion of The Sound of Music film; and performed in a local production of Fame: the Musical as the only Deafblind actor among hearing costars.
In Support of Black LIves Matter
Representation matters. There is no Deaf arts community without Black Deaf / DeafBlind artists. We, Deaf Spotlight, acknowledge that we have not done enough to reach out to and spotlight the Black Deaf / DeafBlind community in the Pacific Northwest. To fulfill our mission “to inspire and showcase Deaf culture and ASL through the arts”, we must inspire and showcase Black Deaf / DeafBlind Culture and Black ASL.
Accountability matters. We will collaborate with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Deaf/ DeafBlind artists, arts organizations, and arts groups to showcase their works. We will nurture new generations of BIPOC Deaf / DeafBlind artists and their authentic stories or artworks.
Anti-Black racism exists. This systemic and institutional hatred is built on prejudice, privilege, and ignorance. We commit to addressing racial equity on all levels within the Deaf community. We will begin the challenge of reversing a lifetime of internalized racism within ourselves, our organization, and our communities. We will challenge our peer organizations to do the same.
Our commitment includes the following steps:
Listen, learn, understand, and discuss difficult issues to become an anti-racist Deaf arts organization
Take actions to be more equitable and accessible to BIPOC Deaf/ DeafBlind communities
Create more BIPOC artists and leaders through mentorship, outreach, and representation in the Deaf arts community
Amplify BIPOC Deaf / DeafBlind artists/creators and their work through our events and on social media
We are on the path towards becoming an anti-racist art community that spotlights all Deaf / DeafBlind artists. Contact us at email@example.com, if you have any concerns, ideas or feedback. Please join us on the right side of history.
Black Lives Matter.
Open Call for DHH Actors
Now to Nov 26, 2018
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!