OUR TEAM 

DJ

Kurs

 ARTISTIC DIRECTOR 

Born and raised in California, David "DJ" Kurs grew up attending shows at Deaf West Theatre. Having deaf role models in the arts from such a young age planted the seeds for his community activism and inspired his life in the arts.

He has served as the President of the Board of Directors for GLAD, and as a dedicated TEDster.

Kurs has been recognized as a leader by the California Association of the Deaf and served as a lead committee member of NEA's National Roundtable on Creating Opportunities for Deaf Theater Artists at the Deaf Theater Action Project in collaboration with Emerson College.

Ed

Waterstreet

 FOUNDING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR 

Ed Waterstreet became the first deaf artistic director of an American theater company when he founded Deaf West Theatre in 1991.

 

Under his leadership, DWT has produced 40 plays and four musicals, and won more than 80 theater awards, among them Tony Honors for Excellence.

Now retired, Ed is still an active part of Deaf West, currently serving as the President of Deaf West's Board of Directors.

 BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

ED WATERSTREET

President of the Board

MARK FREUND

Vice President of the Board

BEVERLY NERO

Secretary of the Board

MATT RANDALL

Treasurer of the Board

CHRISTOPHER SEPULVEDA

PATRICIA SHAWN

 ADVISORY BOARD 

LINDA BOVE

MEL CARTER

CAROL DORAN

KALEN FEENEY

LAURA HITE

JOAN JOHNSON

JOAN KALOUSTIAN

KERI KELSEY

JEFF LENHAM

LIZ LIN

KENNETH MIKOS

VICTORIA MORRIS

CAROL PADDEN

RICHIE OLSON

SARAH QUIGLEY

CAROLYN SARGENT

 IN GRATITUDE 

Deaf West x Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Deaf West x National Endowment for the Arts
Deaf West x Department of Cultural Affairs Los Angeles