Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

6-30-2019

Type (DCMI Terms)

Text

Exit Requirement

Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project

Department

Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Sarah Hewlett

Honors Program Director

Dr. Gavin Keulks

Language

eng

Abstract

American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting for theatre has three main placements of interpreters: platform interpreting, zone interpreting, and shadow interpreting. Each of these placements has its own positive and negative aspects, depending on the type of play and the scenic design. This will be addressed through a survey, literature review of articles, journals, and blogs. The final result will be the creation of an educational guidebook for directors and theatre companies about the various forms of interpretation. The intent is to provide a way to easily compare and contrast the placements according to different theatrical production demands. Other demands addressed will include the effects each placement has on audience members, the production team, and the theatre company. Some other aspects include the demands on the interpreters themselves with respect to prep-work, time spent in rehearsals, and production needs. Although this thesis will not be able to address every decision that goes into providing access for interpreted performances, it can be used to initiate the discussion by being a conversation starter for directors and theatre companies about the placement of interpreters, and the best match for their production. If successful, the findings can be applied to different theatres, productions, and even concerts. To improve both the Deaf consumer’s and the hearing consumer experiences.

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