pioneer of sign language shadow acting at Main Street Theater

For Main Street Theater’s Theater for Youth productions (performed by professional adult actors in fully realized productions at our MATCH location), we offer accommodations performances with a specific focus on Sensory-Friendly/Relaxed Performances for people on the autism spectrum and ASL Interpreted performances. We’re in rehearsal now for The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley. We’ll be doing a shadow-interpreted performance of the musical. Dr. Brian Kilpatrick will assist Sharon Hill, Director of the American Sign Language Interpreting program at the University of Houston, and help direct the ASLI students for this show. Dr. Kilpatrick introduced shadow acting to Houston back in the 80’s, and it’s an honor that he agreed to do this. He’ll attend rehearsals, and Ms. Hill will be his interpreter.

Dr. Kilpatrick is a retired actor and professor. He is deaf and pioneered the work of shadow interpreting in Houston with a now defunct organization, Illuminations Theater with the Deaf. With Illuminations Theater, Dr. Kilpatrick worked with Shakespeare’s Globe Outreach at the University of Houston and Children Theatre’s Festival at the University of Houston.

The public shadow interpreted performance is April 4 at 1:30pm. More information about the play is available here:

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