About SOUND OFF

The first of its kind in Canada, SOUND OFF brings Deaf artists from across the country to showcase their talents, stories and the beauty of American Sign Language.

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 take place at the ATB Financial Arts Barns in Old Strathcona as part of the Chinook Series Festival – showcasing 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 kind of festival is sound off?

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!  Featuring four mainstage shows over four days, with an improv night along with play readings, talk-backs, salon discussions and workshops, there is 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 during 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.

SOUND OFF is part of Fringe Theatre Adventures' Chinook Series Festival which runs Februrary 9th through 19th.

To see more of what SOUND OFF offers during its four-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, battle for your votes!