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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Dr. Kevin Delin earned a PhD in physics from MIT, where he also studied writing under A.R. Gurney and Frank Conroy, and has patented technology at NASA. His adventures include 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 to mischief in the entertainment industry. In addition to his own writing, he professionally advises storytellers wanting to ground their work in science. He is a proud member of the Antaeus Playwrights Laboratory and his pieces on science, art, and society have bylines 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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