Our SOS crew of licensed / certified interpreters are equally experienced thespians and trained shadow performers. Whether your production is interested in providing one shadow performance or the entire run, our rehearsal strategies are designed to compliment your needs.
Because the shadow style of inclusion requires direction and rehearsal with the cast and crew, it is best utilized in local theatre productions. The ASL performers of SOS have worked on everything from Shakespeare to Rocky Horror - and in every type of theatre: union houses, professional theaters, university theatre programs, community theatre and children's theatre.
The shadow style of inclusion allows for the greatest amount of artistic & emotional access. The ASL performers are costumed and FULLY INCLUDED in the actors world, blending both languages directly on the action for the most complete audience experience. Deaf AND hearing audiences report this style to be the most entertaining and least intrusive. By harmonizing the signing and speaking actors into one stage picture, the ASL performers are no longer seen as an appendage or distraction - but instead become subtext of the script brought to life. Hearing actors who have worked with our shadow performers overwhelmingly report the experience to be an enriching, artistic enhancement to their work.
Examples of SHADOW interpreting: