Deaf West Creates Music Video

deaf west theatreThe Los Angeles theater company Deaf West has long been lauded but, with its production of Spring Awakening, it’s currently driving a national conversation.  Recently, the National Endowment of the Arts published a report of their deaf theater roundtable discussion where Deaf West figured prominently.  And now, inspired by the company’s performance at the Tony Awards, Ingrid Michaelson created an American Sign Language version of her Hell No  music video with them.

This is a music  video.  Done in ASL.

Deaf West creates works under the 99-Seat Plan.  It’s unlikely that any of this national awareness would have happened without the initial artistic flexibility and freedom provided by the 99-Seat Plan.

Equity created a hashtag #ChangeTheStage.  Deaf West is actually  changing the stage.  And now, because it could access that 99-Seat Plan freedom, Deaf West is creating change beyond  the stage.

About Kevin Delin

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Kevin Delin took a few writing courses (among other things) at MIT from playwright A.R. Gurney and author Frank Conroy. He’s got a PhD in physics and has patented technology at NASA. His adventures include deploying his technology with firefighters in first response operations, inventing the future with venture capitalists in Silicon Valley, and solving national security issues with generals inside the Pentagon. Unable to convince backers to turn his textbook, Foundations of Applied Superconductivity, into the Broadway spectacular it merits, Kevin found other ways of making mischief in the entertainment industry. Drawing from his extensive tech background, he professionally advises storytellers who want to ground their work in science. His own writings include both scripts and essays. He is a proud member of the Antaeus Playwrights Laboratory and his pieces on art and culture have been published in American Theatre, LA Weekly, Script Magazine, Footlights, and Stage Raw. You can follow him on Twitter @kdelin and read him at kevindelin.com.

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