Signing for the Stage

Theatre de Jeunesse, a youth theater group in the Parkersburg area, is providing a workshop training for signers and other theater organizations focused on the special techniques for signing for stage performances.  Theater performance signing is a special art, and is very different from signing for a single speaker.  If you are a signer or are involved with a theater organization that really wants to make your work accessible to everyone in your community, this workshop is for you.

Here is Theatre de Jeunesse’s press release on the workshop:

“Sign Language Interpretation For The Stage” Workshop Invitation

Theatre de Jeunesse, a local young adult theatre arts organization, invites Mid-Ohio Valley sign language interpreters to attend a workshop entitled “Sign Language Interpretation For The Stage”.  The workshop will be  held on Saturday, July14, 2012, at 1:00 PM on the campus of Marietta College at the Friedrich Theater in the Hermann Fine Arts Center, 500 Butler Street (corner of 4th and Butler Streets) in Marietta, Ohio. 

The subject matter covered will be the differences between interpretation for the stage versus other types of events, and ASL Theatre Certification information.  Workshop presenters will be Janelle St. Martin and Brianna Butler who have a combined total of over 30 years experience in interpreting for stage productions.  There is no charge for the workshop and light snacks will be provided. Workshop attendees will be offered a discount coupon to attend the performance of the musical comedy Once Upon A Mattress that evening to observe stage interpretation.

Registrations accepted through Wednesday, July 11, 2012.  Please contact Linda Buchanan by phone at 304-354-7506 or by email to, and provide the following information:  Name, Address, Phone, Email, and Number of Years Experience in sign language interpretation.  This workshop is presented with financial assistance from the Ohio River Border Initiative, a joint project of the Ohio Arts Council and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

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