The Magic of Visual Language

Deaf Spirit Theatre, a collective of three Deaf women actors from Kingston, Ontario will be performing a show called "The Magic of Visual Language". This show includes four unique skits in American Sign Language (ASL) with voice-over interpreters and visual aids; such as ASL original storytelling, signed music, comedy skits (based on their own personal experiences), and body/arms puppets in black-light. It is ACCESSIBLE and INCLUSIVE for everyone, including Deaf, hard of hearing (HoH), and hearing families/friends. Come with your families/friends and enjoy the show!

This show is especially for children and their families and features ASL. spoken English, and voice-over interpretation.

Performance Dates

Thursday, February 16th, 12 PM - SOLD OUT
Friday, February 17th, 12 PM
Saturday, February 18th, 4 PM
Sunday, February 19th, 12 PM

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Elizabeth morris - performer

Elizabeth was born in England. She lived in four countries; England, Japan, USA, and Canada. Currently, she is living in Toronto, Ontario. She graduated at Gallaudet University for the Deaf, Liberal Arts, in Washington, D.C. She is a professional actor (recognized by ACTRA and CAEA unions for actors). Elizabeth was most recently in a play done by Cahoots theatre in Toronto and performed at Theatre Passe Muraille called “Ultrasound”. In addition, she has been in a production done by Young People’s Theatre (Toronto) called “Bird Brain”. She was a part of two Deaf theatre tour companies in USA; National Theatre of the Deaf (Hartford, CT) and Quest for Arts (Washington, D.C.). Besides being an actor, she is also an American Sign Language (ASL) coach and consultant for theatres and films. She was an ASL coach for Canadian Stage’s “Tribes”, Stratford Festival’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, and Native Earth Performing Arts’ “The Spirit”. As well, she also works as a Deaf Interpreter for theatre productions. She interpreted for a production at National Arts Centre (Ottawa) called “Alice Through the Looking Glass”. She is currently a graduate student at OCAD University studying Inclusive Design. Her research is focused on making live theatres more accessible and inclusive for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, including their families and friends.

Hayley hudson - performer

Hayley Hudson is a Deaf actor and dancer originally from Lethbridge, Alberta and who is currently living in Kingston, Ontario. Hayley grew up within a musical family. Her grandfather loved to recite poetry and this consecutively inspired Hayley’s passion and growing up she always knew she wanted to perform. When Hayley took a drama class during Jr. High School, she knew at that moment it was something she wanted to be when she grew up.  Hayley has performed as dancer for 8 years and won several awards in dance competitions. She was so skillful with her dancing that people would often be unaware that she was deaf. Hayley has received training from the Theatre School in Rosebud, Alberta. She has numerous theatrical credits to her name, some performances which included the use of ASL. She moved to Ontario to pursue her acting dreams and is excited to be working together with Elizabeth and Theresa in the Deaf Spirit Theatre Company.


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THERESA upton - performer 

Theresa Upton was born into a big family in Saint John, New Brunswick. She had an early start in theatre as a child when she was involved mining and dancing shows. During her high school years, she gained experience signing songs in American Sign Language (ASL) for school productions. In her later years, she studied Nursing at St. Lawrence College. Theresa has more than 30 years of experience teaching ASL to a wide range of individuals, from babies to adults. She has also provided an individualized language and literacy programming for Deaf children and their families, in addition to an integrated day camp for Deaf/Hard of Hearing and hearing children. Theresa’s theatre experience includes being the Deaf Community Consultant and an ASL coach for “Christmas Carol” at Kingston’s Grand Theatre. Being a career woman, she is also a mother to two children. When her children were young, she loved to invent ASL stories for them. Currently, she is working in community living, as a work supporter for clients who are Deaf and Deaf plus, who have additional disabilities.