American Sign Language Interpreter
Originally from Los Angeles, Sam recently moved to New York City to combine two of her favorite things- theatre and deaf culture. She has been working as a sign language interpreter for the last nine years, with some of her favorite jobs including interpreting for the touring production of Hamilton in Rochester, Shakespeare's First Folio Exhibition: Visual Shakespeare Festival at Gallaudet University, and Bill Nye the Science Guy. While living in California, she was able to work in the office at Deaf West Theatre which was a great first exposure to Deaf theatre. In Rochester, she was a member of Dangerous Signs (an ASL performance group) which provided the opportunity to learn the many facets of theater and develop important skills for the future. One highlight of her time with Dangerous Signs was auditioning for America's Got Talent in 2015. She is currently a grad student at NYU working on her Masters degree in Performing Arts Administration.
ASL Interpreting Wednesdays 3:00-4:00 pm EST
The wonderful world of theatre encompasses so many roles and opportunities: on stage, backstage, and those providing access to patrons that may be in need. This class will give you a brief history of my background in theatre as a sign language interpreter. I will also explore the "do's and don'ts" and what to be aware of within the world of theatre accessibility.
Please bring questions and don’t be afraid to share any comments or observations you have made throughout your own experience attending or participating in theatre.