Carmen Zapata

Angry Jellow Bubbles

Deaf West Theatre

L.A. Women’s Theatre Festival

Ruskin Group Theatre

Adilah Barnes

Michelle Mania

Kaz Matumoro

Marianne Murphy

Terri Roberts

Evelyn Rudie

Sheila Scott-Wilkinson

DEAF WEST THEATRE (DWT) was founded in 1991 to directly improve and enrich the cultural lives of the deaf and hard of hearing individuals who live in the Los Angeles area. In an effort to bridge the gap between deaf and hearing worlds, DWT creates an opportunity for all artists and audiences, regardless of race, creed or handicap, to enjoy theatre. DWT provides exposure and access to professional theatre while serving the cultural, educational, social and employment needs of its constituents. Through the medium of Sign Language Theatre, a legacy of deaf culture is created, shared and preserved. Local educational outreach programs serve the needs of underserved and disadvantaged youth, providing progressive arts education for deaf and hard of hearing school children. Recognized as a premiere sign language theatre in the United States, DWT was the first intimate theatre company in the history of the Ovation Awards to win both Best Play and Best Musical in the same year (2000). DWT scored another hit with its unique adaptation of "Big River – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." This production holds the singular distinction of being the first intimate theatre production in Mark Taper Forum’s history to be transferred onto their mainstage. The production was invited for a special Broadway run in 2003, the first sign language play on Broadway in over 20 years, where it was nominated for two Tony® Awards. DWT and Center Theatre Group will be premiering a new sign language musical at the Kirk Douglas Theatre next Spring. www.deafwest.org