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ISM, conceived and directed by Michelle Banks, E-’89, is a collection of monologues by BIPOC Deaf individuals dealing with audism, ableism, racism, and other “-isms” in their lives. With a cast of Antines Davis, E-’91, Tricia Wenda Alleyne, ’02, Alberto Sifuentes, ’19, Stella Antonio, ’93, and Mervin Primeaux-O’Bryant, the conception of ISM was inspired by actual events within the Deaf and hard of hearing communities, where BIPOC have encountered systemic racism and social injustice based on the color of their skin, gender identity, disability, and more.
This play highlights the actors’ life experiences of oppression and discrimination before and during the Black Lives Matter movement, and during the pandemic. VOCA’s goal is to help make positive change by sharing their stories and finding solutions to societal issues. In ISM, it would allow the actors to be the “voice” of social change.
All individuals that attend a performance at the Atlas Performing Arts Center must be fully vaccinated. Children under 12 years of age and patrons with a medical condition or closely-held religious belief that prevents vaccination must provide proof of a recent negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to entering the theater for admittance to an indoor performance.
This production will be performed in American Sign Language and spoken English. Pro-Tactile and ASL interpreting for Deafblind patrons is available upon request.
Learn more about Visionaries of the Creative Arts (VOCA) at their website. Buy tickets for ISM at the Atlas Performing Arts Center website!
Dr. Nancy E. Kensicki, a long-time faculty member at Gallaudet University, passed away on April 16, 2022 in Bowie, Maryland. She was 83 years old. Dr. Kensicki taught English from 1967 to 2004, and served multiple terms as chair of the Department of English. She was involved in the faculty governance system and advised student...
Kathryn P. Meadow Orlans, an internationally renowned scholar and researcher, passed away on April 16, 2022, at age 92. She was a research professor at Gallaudet from 1975 to 1997, and was named professor emerita after her retirement. During her time at Gallaudet, Dr. Meadow Orlans published numerous scholarly articles and books including Deafness and...
Watch the official news release in American Sign Language. The United States Department of Education, through its Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), has awarded $2.1 million to Elizabeth Schniedewind, ’90 & G-’92, clinical associate professor for sign language interpreting at Idaho State University in Meridian, Idaho. The grant funds will support ISU and Gallaudet University in...
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