February 16th to 19th, 2017

In partnership with the Chinook Series, Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre is proud to present SOUND OFF: A Deaf Theatre Festival. Premiering February 16th through 19th, 2017, SOUND OFF is Canada’s first national festival dedicated to the Deaf performing arts.

SOUND OFF will be held at the ATB Financial Arts Barns (10330 84 Ave) in Edmonton, Alberta as part of the Chinook Series – showcasing some of the most acclaimed contemporary art from theatre and dance to movement art and music.

A bold new undertaking

SOUND OFF is dedicated to making theatre accessible for both Deaf and hearing audiences and celebrating the stories and talents of Deaf performers from across the country, as well as the beauty of American Sign Language.

The festival will feature four primary performances, 100 Decibels from Winnipeg, Deaf Crows from Regina, Songs My Mother Never Sung Me from Edmonton and The Magic of Visual Language from Kingston.

Also featuring a special collaboration with Edmonton's Rapid Fire Theatre, where Deaf and hearing teams go head-to-head in a hilarious bid for your votes!

Come in from the cold

Groundbreaking!  SOUND OFF builds upon the rich legacy of Deaf performers and Deaf performing groups in Canada. For the first time, it brings together Deaf performers from across the country for a festival dedicated to the Deaf performing arts.

Expansive!  With four mainstage shows over four days, with an improv night along with play readings, talk-backs, salon discussions and workshops, there's something for everyone!

Accessible! All performances and SOUND OFF events are accessible for both Deaf and hearing audiences.  Most shows are in American Sign Language (ASL) and all shows will have interpretation for both languages where necessary. In addition, ASL/English Interpreters are available throughout the festival to provide communication services for all patrons with their visit.

Affordable! In addition to free events throughout the festival, all mainstage shows are Pay-What-You-Will – where patrons can contribute what they feel the show is worth, or pay what they are able. These tickets are available in person at least two hours prior to the start of each performance – first come, first serve – at the ATB Financial Arts Barns Box Office.

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SOUND OFF's four-day extravaganza offers an unparalleled theatre experience for Edmonton audiences.  We'll be turning up the heat with a theatre showcase that is dynamic, energetic, and evocative!  Are you ready for it?

Come get in on the action!


SOUND OFF is sponsored with special funding from the Equity Office of Canada Council, Field Law Community Fund Program, Edmonton Arts Council, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Alberta Community Investment Program, and NICA Consolidated.