Abstract Title

Signs of Love

Abstract

As theatre artists, it is our responsibility to respond to the world around us and allow our work to embody that response. As the world rapidly changes, I tried to focus in on my little part of it: The School of Theatre & Dance at Kent State University. Last semester when I started learning American Sign Language I realized that my school infrequently provides opportunities for D/deaf students on campus to experience or be involved in our productions. After investigating, I learned that the lack of participation stems from a lack of access. The project I have put together as a first step in solving this is Signs of Love: A Cabaret. At its core this is a concert performed in ASL while simultaneously being sung in English. Our project will consist of a partnership between the School of Theatre & Dance and the American Sign Language Department as a means of outreach to the Deaf community. This is to lay the groundwork for creating an interactive space where D/deaf individuals can voice their issues and tell their stories. Signs of Love will be performed in such a way that individuals who are D/deaf or Hard of Hearing will be able to experience the production in the same way. This project is meant to be a bridge between Theatre and the Deaf Community- a bridge I was surprised to learn did not already exist. Signs of Love will bring students, faculty, and the community together in a way that has not been done before, and will serve as a stepping stone to our art not only being more accessible to a wider audience, but more inclusive to those who want to be involved.

Modified Abstract

Last semester when I started learning American Sign Language I realized that my school infrequently provides opportunities for D/deaf students on campus to experience or be involved in our productions. After investigating, I learned that the lack of participation stems from a lack of access. The project I have put together as a first step in solving this is Signs of Love: A Cabaret, a concert performed in ASL while simultaneously being sung in English. This project functions as a means of outreach to the Deaf community with the purpose of laying the groundwork for creating an interactive space where D/deaf individuals can voice their issues and tell their stories. Signs of Love will be performed in such a way that individuals who are D/deaf or Hard of Hearing will be able to experience the production in the same way. Signs of Love will bring students, faculty, and the community together in a way that has not been done before, and will serve as a stepping stone to our art not only being more accessible to a wider audience, but more inclusive to those who want to be involved.

Research Category

English/Languages/Communication

Author Information

Abbey MatyeFollow
Joe PineFollow

Primary Author's Major

Theatre Studies

Mentor #1 Information

Mr. Larry Nehring

Presentation Format

Oral

Start Date

21-3-2017 12:00 AM

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Research Area

Other Theatre and Performance Studies

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Mar 21st, 12:00 AM

Signs of Love

As theatre artists, it is our responsibility to respond to the world around us and allow our work to embody that response. As the world rapidly changes, I tried to focus in on my little part of it: The School of Theatre & Dance at Kent State University. Last semester when I started learning American Sign Language I realized that my school infrequently provides opportunities for D/deaf students on campus to experience or be involved in our productions. After investigating, I learned that the lack of participation stems from a lack of access. The project I have put together as a first step in solving this is Signs of Love: A Cabaret. At its core this is a concert performed in ASL while simultaneously being sung in English. Our project will consist of a partnership between the School of Theatre & Dance and the American Sign Language Department as a means of outreach to the Deaf community. This is to lay the groundwork for creating an interactive space where D/deaf individuals can voice their issues and tell their stories. Signs of Love will be performed in such a way that individuals who are D/deaf or Hard of Hearing will be able to experience the production in the same way. This project is meant to be a bridge between Theatre and the Deaf Community- a bridge I was surprised to learn did not already exist. Signs of Love will bring students, faculty, and the community together in a way that has not been done before, and will serve as a stepping stone to our art not only being more accessible to a wider audience, but more inclusive to those who want to be involved.