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Sign Language Theatre Troupe Performs at UA

  •  January 8th, 2019
Sunshine 2.0 Theatre Troupe

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Sunshine 2.0, a professional traveling theatre troupe that uses American sign language as well as vocals to perform for deaf and hard-of-hearing children and adults, will perform at The University of Alabama’s Ferguson Center ballroom at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10.

The event is free and open to the public.

The troupe, which is based at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, New York, is taking a detour from its visit to the Alabama Institute of Deaf and Blind to perform at the University at the invitation of the UA Critical Languages Center.

“I am excited to share an opportunity for those who may be interested in deaf culture and theatre,” said Dr. Darrin J. Griffin, UA assistant professor of communication studies and director of the College of Communication and Information Sciences’ human communication research laboratory.

“Deaf theatre is a historically rich part of deaf culture, and the Rochester Institute of Technology has a long past with this type of performance,” he said. “Though this event is early in the semester, it may make a great opportunity for students in diversity and culture classes to explore a unique perspective on deaf culture.”

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Critical Languages Program at the University of Arizona is preparing this coming academic year with new leadership under Interim Director, Jieun Ryu (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

The 44th NASILP conference will be hosted by Samford University, in Birmingham Alabama on November 3rd-4th, 2017. 


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