About SOUND OFF

unique within Canada, as well as within north america, SOUND OFF brings Deaf artists from across the country to showcase their talents, stories and the beauty of American Sign Language.

Now in its third year, SOUND OFF: A Deaf Theatre Festival is a collaboration between Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre and Edmonton’s Chinook Series.

SOUND OFF is Canada’s national festival dedicated to the Deaf performing arts. SOUND OFF brings Deaf artists from across the country to share their stories, their talents and the beauty of American Sign Language on stage. The festival runs from February 13th to 17th, 2019 at the ATB Financial Arts Barns in Edmonton’s historic Old Strathcona neighborhood.

Also occurring alongside SOUND OFF, the Chinook Series Festival is a collaboratively curated performance experience, bringing artists and communities together to share and celebrate through live art. Many performances at the Chinook Series will be ASL/English accessible.

What is sound off?

It’s for everyone! SOUND OFF is dedicated to making theatre accessible for both Deaf and hearing audiences and to celebrate and appreciate Deaf performers on stage.

It’s trailblazing! As Canada's national Deaf theatre festival, SOUND OFF builds upon the rich legacy of Deaf performers and Deaf performing groups in Canada. SOUND OFF brings together Deaf performers from across the country for a festival dedicated to the Deaf performing arts.

It’s bold! This year we’re proud to present our biggest festival yet! With five mainstage shows, an improv night, salon discussions, staged readings, talkbacks, and workshops, there’s something for everyone!

It’s 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.

It’s affordable! SOUND OFF is dedicated towards making theatre affordable for all audiences. In addition to free events throughout the festival, all mainstage shows have a portion of their tickets as Offer-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.

See more of what SOUND OFF offers during its five-day extravaganza:

  • Shows - Experience SOUND OFF's live theatre performances.

  • Workshops - Participate in hands-on activities.

  • Salons - Get up close with the artists and engage in talk-back discussions.

  • Staged readings - Catch a new play in development.

  • Improv performances - Experience the hilarity as two teams, each with a mixture of hearing and Deaf performers, go head-to-head in a hilarious battle of the senses!