"We Can Do it in the Dark: Tech Theatre for Interpreters" at the 2010 PCRID Conference

I will be presenting a workshop with set designer Ethan Sinnott on technical theatre for interpreters on Saturday, November 6 2010 at the annual PCRID Conference. We will have opportunities for practice, video samples, and a generally great time. Don't miss it! For more details, read the full abstract below.

Interpreting for theatre is often considered to be limited to interpreting the content of a performance for audience members who need access in their preferred language (be it ASL or English). Despite this widespread misconception, the performance of a show constitutes only a small fraction of the overall production process. These complicated procedures and processes have a direct impact on the quality of the performance, and ASL/English interpreters are increasingly finding themselves thrust into these situations with little understanding of the context in which they are operating. This workshop is designed to foster a fundamental understanding of production roles, processes, and chronology, as well as to develop interpreters' proficiency at identifying specific challenges or possible pitfalls in pre-performance interpreting. Theatre jargon in both English and ASL will be covered, but emphasis will be on understanding the complex context in which interpreters may find themselves situated when asked to work behind the scenes

Tempest ASL interpreted show today at 2PM

Don't miss GWU's production of Shakespeare's Tempest October 31 at 2PM. The Bard's classic tale performed at the Dorothy Betts Marvin Center Theatre, with Jeff and Jinah Williamson (no relation) interpreting, and Charm Smith as Director of Artistic Sign Language. I will be representing the SPA board in the post show discussion with the interpreters, DASL, and audience members. Don't miss it! Click here for more information

Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear

I will be interpreting for Saturday, October 30th's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on the National Mall. Along with an illustrious interpreting team, we endeavor to interpret accurately and rationally for people who are usually too busy to go to rallies. From what i understand, you should expect some grammatically correct signs throughout the crowd, with slogans such as "Keep your voice down" or "I respect your right to have an opinion". The rally is free, but be sure to plan for travel delays due to road closures and volume of riders on metro. For more information, check out