SETTING THE STANDARD FOR BOLD AND INCLUSIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Committed to innovation, collaboration, training, and activism, Deaf West is the artistic bridge between the Deaf and hearing worlds. Founded in Los Angeles in 1991, Deaf West engages artists and audiences in unparalleled theater and media experiences inspired by Deaf culture and the expressive power of sign language, weaving ASL with spoken English to create a seamless ballet of movement and voice.

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In 2020, National Research Group (NRG) released a comprehensive look at Black representation on-screen. That study, which found that two in three Black Americans don’t see their stories represented in movies and shows, resonated with DJ Kurs, the artistic director of Deaf West Theatre, a Los Angeles-based theater company behind Tony Award-nominated revivals of “Big River” and “Spring Awakening.” Kurs wondered: Could NRG do similar research about how the entertainment business treats the deaf community?

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THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

"The intersectionality is where beautiful things happen -- when Deaf and hearing people come together in service of creating art," says artistic director, DJ Kurs. 

 

 

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NEW YORK TIMES

 The Los Angeles Philharmonic and

Deaf West Theater are working on an innovative production conceived for both hearing and Deaf operagoers. 

 

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NEW YORK TIMES

 The theater plans to work with the Oscar-nominated film’s producers to adapt the story of a teenager torn between helping her deaf family and singing. 

 

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