David Kurs at the Berkeley Forum
Lecture | March 12 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 220 Cheit Hall
David Kurs, Deaf West Theatre
From its founding in 1991 to today, Deaf West Theatre has aimed to improve and enrich the cultural lives of deaf and hard of hearing individuals who live in the Los Angeles area. One of the premier sign language theater in the United States, DWT works to set the standard for high-quality, inclusive theatrical experiences for deaf and hearing audiences. Kurs will discuss how DWT productions feature deaf and hearing actors working together to present stories in both American Sign Language and spoken English. DWTs groundbreaking adaptation of Big River earned two Tony nominations and a Tony Honor for Excellence, and went on to tour both nationally and internationally. In 2014-15, DWTs Spring Awakening garnered three Tony nominations and performed on the broadcast of the Tony Awards.