Listening with an Open Eye: Working With Consultants
Once you have decided to produce a project that employs Deaf or hard of hearing actors or in some way incorporates Deaf culture, it would be helpful to hire a consultant, if at all financially feasible, especially if you do not have prior experience in this arena. A consultant would be able to provide you the specific production background information you need regarding Deaf culture, sign language, interpreters, and general advice on script matters that deal with Deafness.
Most, although not all, consultants are Deaf and have had experience with auditions, production and on a set. A consultant can guide you through the process of what you need to set things up properly from the beginning and how to do it.
Consulting is a developing field. For the most part, consultants are referred through reliable sources such as Deaf West Theatre or Media Access Office in Los Angeles, through the Non-Traditional Casting Project in New York or through professional individuals within the Deaf