Three Dynamic Deaf Women Show
Deaf Spirit Theatre returns to SOUND OFF with a brand new show! This collective of three Deaf women from Kingston, Ontario will perform a series of unique skits that will include a silent film with 1950's to 1970's iconic women comedians, an animation retelling of the "Ugly Duckling" in black light and ASL (American Sign Language) storytelling!
A captivating production for those from the ages 1 to 100. ASL interpreting is provided as part of the performance.
Wednesday, February 14th, 1 PM - SOLD OUT
Thursday, February 15th, 4 PM
Friday, February 16th, 4 PM
Saturday, February 17th, 2 PM
Sunday, February 18th, 2 PM
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's most recent production was the Stratford Festival's production of "The Madwoman of Chaillot". In 2016, Elizabeth starred 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.
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.
Alexandra Hickox - Stage Manager
I am an emerging artist who works with photography and videos. Currently, I am in my second year in the Masters’ film production program at York University (Toronto, Ontario). I graduated from Ontario College Arts and Design University in 2014, with a Bachelor of Fine Art in photography and integrated media minor. My technical experience with film production includes After Effects, Final Cut Pro, and stop motion capture. I have a several experiences using a variety of digital cameras in a variety kinds of situation. Recently, I worked with the Bolex camera, including hand development. I am currently working on creating a video for Deaf Spirit Theatre's production, as well as acting as their stage manager. My current thesis that I am working on is a short film exploring Deaf life, Deaf culture and language. I am also a member of the SuroalGals filmmaking collective which works with Deaf cultural issues. In the summer of 2012, I worked with John Greyson, on Jerchio/ Bagdad as his set photographer’s assistant. I am enjoying with experiencing new things and working in a range of environments, while I develop more of skills in filming and photography.