Ideal Practices to Work With Deaf Interpreters and/or Deaf Performers
- Provide a script in advance.
- Book a team with ASL-English Interpretation, ASL Coach (or DASL), and a Deaf Consultant. (The Deaf Consultant and ASL Coach/DASL can be the same person if resources are limited)
- An opportunity to watch the performance prior to rehearsing themselves (could be recorded or live performance or a full run-through rehearsal)
- Preparation time for the Deaf (Interpreters) Performers.
- Walk through of the performance
- Separate rehearsal time with ASL-English Interpreters and ASL (or DASL)
- Blocking Rehearsal
- Tech and dress rehearsal.
Steps 1 – 8 are the bare minimum.Other things to consider –
Promotion Directly to the Deaf Community
Interpreters tend to charge a two-hour minimum per assignment (and that doesn’t always include prep time!)
Examples of ASL Access
Mirrored Performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSagsMcak4Q
Short Film on Sign Language Theatre (30 mins): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlX4Zt4sPtE
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