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Deaf West Theatre

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chloe barg

on 1 December 2014

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Transcript of Deaf West Theatre

~ The Deaf West Theatre strives to provide a thrilling theatre experience for everyone, no matter your signing or hearing abilities.

~ DWT unites the deaf and hard of hearing community with the hearing community by using actors from both walks of life.

~ DWT productions are presented in American Sign Language with simultaneous translation in English, providing for all an enhanced theatrical experience.
DJ Kurs
~ Current Artistic Director of DWT

~ Saw his first Deaf West Theatre show,
The Gin Game,
when he was twelve years old. The experience of seeing the show has defined theatre for him to this day.

~ Kurs is 36, married, and is a SoCal native from Riverside. He took over the company 2 years ago when Ed Waterstreet retired.

How did it all begin?
~ Founded in 1991 by Ed Waterstreet

~ Located in Los Angeles

~ Founded in hopes of directly improving and enriching the cultural lives of the 1.2 million deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals who live in the Los Angeles area
Spring Awakening
~ Current production at DWT
~ (See UBTHD's production this spring!)
Contact Information
5112 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, California 91601
Other Facts
~ DWT is currently the largest professional Sign Language Theatre in the Western U.S.

~DWT's Broadway cast of "Big River" recieved the Tony Honor for Excellence in 2004

~ There are professional deaf and hearing actors, directors, designers and technicians in the company.

~ DWT has produced over 40 plays and 4 musicals, won more than 80 theater awards
To directly improve and enrich the cultural lives of the 1.2 million deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals who live in the Los Angeles area
By providing exposure and access to professional theater, filling a void for deaf artists and audiences.
~ To serve as an institution for the discovery and exploration of artists' identities and stature;
~To create, share and preserve a legacy of deaf culture through the medium of Sign Language Theatre.

Mission Statement
Past productions...
Voice: 818-762-2998 (recorded line only)
VP: 818-287-7784
DWT puts out audition notices on their website and asks that people submit their audition videos
ex. (Taken from DWT's site, for their production of
Flowers for Algernon
CHARLIE GORDON 25-45. Must be a Deaf male fluent in ASL. Theatre background, a must
TEEN-CHARLIE 15 years or so. Hearing male. Theatre background, a must. Experience with ASL, a plus
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