The 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.