About SOUND OFF

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

The Chinook Series, in partnership with Azimuth Theatre, Edmonton Fringe Theatre and Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre is proud to present SOUND OFF: A Deaf Theatre Festival.

Running February 14th-18th, 2018, SOUND OFF is Canada’s national festival dedicated to the Deaf performing arts.  SOUND OFF will take place at the ATB Financial Arts Barns in Old Strathcona as part of the Edmonton’s only cutting edge winter festival, the Chinook Series Festival.  The Chinook Series showcases some of the most acclaimed contemporary art from theatre and dance to movement art and music.

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 on stage.

What's SOUND OFF all about?

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.

Even Bolder!  This year SOUND OFF turns up the heat! More plays, more workshops, more salons and more of everything you enjoy. With four mainstage shows over five days, two Theatresports nights, along with play readings, 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! SOUND OFF is dedicated towards making theatre affordable for all audiences. 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.

To see more of what SOUND OFF offers during its five-day extravaganza, check out the these links:

  • Shows - Experience SOUND OFF's live theatre performances.
  • Workshops - Participate in hands-on activities.
  • Salons - Engage with artists in talk-back discussions.
  • Staged readings - Catch a new play in development.
  • Improv performances - Experience the hilarity as two teams, one Deaf and one hearing go head-to-head in a hilarious battle of the senses!