Listening with an Open Eye: General Advice to Others and Party Thoughts

John Frank Levey, Casting Director, The West Wing and E.R.: “Take a deep breath, don’t be overwhelmed, try it, the benefits far outweigh any difficulties.”

John Dillon, independent director and former Artistic Director, Milwaukee Repertory Theater: “Bringing Deaf and hearing actors together on this and other projects I’ve worked on has its own set of challenges and special needs. But it also brings with it wonderful creative possibilities and if you’re looking, unexpected rewards both in the rehearsal hall and in front of an audience. I can’t recommend it enough.”

Linda Hartzell, Artistic Director, Seattle Children’s Theatre: “Working with Deaf actors has been an enriching experience and is appreciated by the Deaf theatre-going community in Seattle. Our Deaf Youth Drama Program has been an invaluable resource for the staff and larger community.”

Judy Dennis, independent casting director, filmmaker and casting director for Center Stage: “Using sign language in Shakespeare, you can see the person move through the ideas of the text.”

Kenneth Albers, Actor/Director, Oregon Shakespeare Festival: “Having previously worked at Deaf West Theatre in Los Angeles, I return there in 2003 to adapt and direct The Visit. I cannot wait for my next experience with this extraordinary group of talented professional Deaf artists who make me a better director, a better actor, and a better person. I gleefully encourage any theater actor, director, designer, stage manager, etc. to welcome, with open arms, any opportunity to experience this special experience with another language, another culture, another theatricality.”