SOUND OFF partners with the Citadel Theatre for “The Tempest”


SOUND OFF is proud to be a production partner with Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre for Josette Bushell-Mingo's production of The Tempest.

Josette Bushell-Mingo is the former Artistic Director of Tyst Teater, Sweden’s National Deaf Theatre from 2005-2018. The production will feature Deaf and hearing actors onstage together, a unique first for the Citadel Theatre. It will be a truly unique retelling of Shakespeare’s most dramatic - and final - script.

In Shakespeare’s fantastic tale of loss and reconciliation, a deposed ruler uses his magic to seek vengeance on those who robbed him of his throne and marooned him on a remote island. But what shape will his revenge take?

The Tempest will take place in Shoctor Theatre at Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, Alberta from April 20 to May 12, 2019.

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SOUND OFF and the Citadel Theatre present Masterclass with DJ Kurs


SOUND OFF is proud to be partner with the Citadel Theatre for an upcoming Masterclass featuring DJ Kurs of California's Deaf West Theatre.

DJ will lead a one-day theatre workshop on producing and performing integrated ASL/English Theatre. This workshop is for both for hearing members of the Arts Community as well as Deaf performers, with a goal of learning about creating work that involves both communities and building the structure that allows them to work and create together.

The workshop will take place May 3rd, 2019, 10 AM to 4 PM, in Edmonton.

To register and for more details:

SOUND OFF matinees available for school bookings


Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre, in conjunction with Fringe Theatre Adventures, is proud to present the 3rd annual SOUND OFF: A Deaf Theatre Festival and you’re invited!

Running February 13th-17th, 2019, SOUND OFF is Canada’s national festival dedicated to the Deaf performing arts. SOUND OFF will take place at the ATB Arts Barns in the heart of historical Old Strathcona as part of the Fringe Theatre’s Chinook Series Festival. ASL/English interpretation will be provided for each performance, making the shows equally accessible for both hearing and Deaf audiences.

We would like to extend a special offer for your school to attendee matinee performances just for students!

Songs My Mother Never Sung Me
Westbury Theatre ǀ ATB Financial Arts Barns
Run time: 75 minutes

School Matinees:
Wednesday, February 13th, at 1 PM
Friday, February 15th, at 1 PM

Songs My Mother Never Sung Me is an opera for families about a Deaf mom and her hearing son. The piece is bilingual and is performed and sung in English and in ASL. The heart of this touching and funny work is its intimate connection to playwright Dave Clarke’s experience growing up as a CODA (Child of Deaf Adult). Recommended for ages 6 and up. Presented by Edmonton’s Concrete Theatre.

Adeline, Carol and Friends
Studio Theatre ǀ ATB Financial Arts Barns
Run time: 60 minutes

School Matinees:
Wednesday, February 13th, at 1 PM
Thursday, February 14th, at 12 PM

Deaf Spirit Theatre
returns with a brand-new show! This collective from Kingston, Ontario will perform a series of unique skits a featuring a comedic duo of two women in the 1950s who are from worlds apart, incorporating silent film, storytelling, comedy skits, dance and poetry, complete with stunning multimedia. A captivating production for all ages!

Tales From The East Coast
Studio Theatre ǀ ATB Financial Arts Barns
Run time: 60 minutes

School Matinee:
Friday, February 15th at, 12 PM

Direct from Nova Scotia, Tales From The East Coast is an entertaining and interactive series of poems and stories by Canadian Deaf writers in both ASL and MSL (Maritimes Sign Language). Suitable for ages 6 and up.

Limited tickets available! Each performance has a capacity of just 78 seats (Studio Theatre) and 147 seats (Westbury Theatre).

Interested in attending one of our school matinee performances?

  • Tickets are just $8/student (includes tax)

  • Full payment is required prior to the performance date in order to secure your booking.

To book your groups, contact Fringe Theatre Adventures at 780-448-9016. See the full line-up of shows here.

We hope you’ll be able to take advantage of this opportunity and look forward to seeing you at the festival!

Songs My Mother Never Sung Me: A poignant look at the deaf and hearing worlds


Dave Clarke struggles with a label for his creation, debuting at the upcoming Chinook Series.

It’s not really an opera, says the Edmonton musician and sound designer, but neither is it a musical. Yes, there is music and singing — but there is also sign language.

In Songs My Mother Never Sung Me, Clarke tackles a deeply personal tale — what it was like to grow up a CODA (child of deaf adult). Both of his parents were born to women who had been exposed to rubella during pregnancy, which is linked to deafness in offspring. While his early childhood experiences were different from the other kids, far from proving a handicap, Clarke says his mother’s condition proved instrumental in his choice of career.

SOUND OFF: Canada’s only deaf theatre festival returns with more performances


EDMONTON — The Latin origin of the word audience means ‘a group of listeners’ — however, Canada’s first and only national deaf theatre festival proves that audiences that are hard of hearing can still enjoy the theatre experience.

SOUND OFF: A Deaf Theatre Festival is returning to Edmonton for a third year with more performances and additional sign languages. It was started in Edmonton by local deaf performing artist and playwright Chris Dodd as a platform for deaf artists using American Sign Language (ASL) to come together, learn from each other and work alongside hearing artists to show off their performing skills.

Announcing ASL interpreted events for the 2019 Chinook Series


SOUND OFF is pleased to partner with Azimuth Theatre, Fringe Theatre, Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre, Sinergia and Black Arts Matter to provide a wide range of accessible events and performances for all visitors to the Chinook Series.

During the Chinook Series festival from February 7th to 17th, all SOUND OFF shows and events and will feature ASL/English interpreting. In addition, ASL/English will also be provided all Salon series discussions that take place in the Arts Barns lobby from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM every day.

We are proud to announce our line-up of ASL/English interpreted events and performances for this year’s festival.

For a full listing of these events, please see

SOUND OFF: Open Call for Submissions

SOUND OFF: A Deaf Theatre Festival

Attention Deaf performing artists!

SOUND OFF, Canada’s national festival dedicated to the Deaf performing arts is announcing an open call for submissions.

In collaboration with Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre and Fringe Theatre Adventures, the third annual edition of SOUND OFF will take place between February 13th and 17th, 2019, in Edmonton, Alberta at the ATB Financial Arts Barns in the heart of the Old Strathcona neighbourhood.

We are currently accepting proposals from individual artists or groups who would be interested in performing for this festival. To submit your proposal, please email with the following information:

  • Title and description of the performance
  • Number of actors involved
  • Short biography for all performers
  • Description of performance history (new work? previously performed?)
  • Approximate running time (shows between 45 and 60 minutes are preferred)

A limited number of spots are available. Deadline is September 14th, 2018. Funding for travel and accommodation is available for participants.

New hearing loops for the ATB Financial Arts Barns


Thanks to generous sponsorship by Telus for SOUND OFF, along with support from Fringe Theatre Adventures, hearing loops were purchased and installed within the Studio Theatre, the Westbury Theatre and the Backstage Theatre at the ATB Financial Arts Barns.

All shows part of the Chinook Series, as well as SOUND OFF, will take advantage of these. In addition, once these events are over, the hearing loops will remain at the Arts Barns for all shows in those spaces for the future.

To use the hearing loops, set your hearing aid to the "t-coil" or "t-switch" setting to allow audio of the performance to be sent directly to your device.

No hearing aid but having trouble hearing the performance? Audio listening systems can be borrowed from the Arts Barns box office!

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SOUND OFF announces collaboration with the Citadel Theatre and Tyst Theatre for "The Tempest"


SOUND OFF is proud to announce its upcoming partnership with Edmonton's Citadel Theatre, Canada's third largest regional theatre and Tyst Theatre, the Swedish National Theatre of the Deaf.

For the Citadel Theatre's upcoming 2018/19 season, Josette Bushell-Mingo, Artistic Director of Tyst Teater, will be directing Shakespeare's "The Tempest". The play will feature a mixed cast of hearing performers from the Banff Centre and professional Deaf actors together on stage.

We proud to be part of this important collaboration between mainstream professional theatre and the Swedish National Theatre of the Deaf and look forward to sharing this with you!

"The Tempest" will April 20th through May 12th, 2019 at at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, Alberta.

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