Tyrone Giordano and Christopher Heuer
Tyrone Giordano is best known for his work on the stage and screen, having worked both as an actor and as a translator. Tyrone played the lead role of Huckleberry Finn in Deaf West Theatre's Tony-honored Big River on Broadway, earning a nomination for the 2004 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical. He also played the title role in Pippin at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Tyrone has also acted on television and film, notably in The Family Stone, A Lot Like Love, The Next Three Days, and CSI. He has worked as an ASL translator not only on projects he performs in, but as a Director of Artistic Sign Language (DASL) most recently with the critically-acclaimed Cyrano at the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles and for Tribes at Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C. In addition to working as an artist, Tyrone has taught at the university level since 2006, having worked at CSUN, UCLA, and GWU, covering a range of topics from ASL to Deaf Theatre and Deaf Literature. He is proud member of the Gallaudet teaching community since starting in the Fall of 2012.
Christopher Jon Heuer, Ph.D. earned his doctorate from George Mason University in 2010 and is a professor of English at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. He is the author of Bug: Deaf Identity and Internal Revolution and All Your Parts Intact: Poems. His writing has additionally appeared in many anthologies and magazines (most recently Deaf Lit Extravaganza, Deaf American Prose, and Deaf American Poetry: An Anthology). He has presented both nationally and internationally on topics ranging from the impact of cybernetic technology on the Deaf community to the ways in which hearing parents guide and educate their deaf children. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife, Amy, and son, Jack.