Title

Learning from Leaders-Deaf Theatre Innovations in the Time of COVID-19”

Department

Leadership, Management & Business

Journal

HowlRound

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-3-2021

Abstract

An often-expressed complaint from the Deaf community about COVID-19 restrictions on social gatherings is the added burden of mask use. When individuals cover half of their face, they remove any chance of their lips or facial expression being read, which are key linguistic foundational elements in American Sign Language (ASL). It is oppressive enough to almost be considered cruel. And when it comes to how the pandemic is affecting the Deaf theatre field specifically, the inability for productions to have live audiences has left the Deaf community without their natural forms of theatrical cultural expression. But it should not be a complete surprise that the Deaf community has adapted to performing on screens a little faster than the theatre community in general.

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