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Jeremy Quiroga

Jeremy Quiroga

Jeremy has been acting since grammar school and continues to feed off the addiction. Since 1997 when he helped propel Deaf Poets Society at the Blue Moon Tavern in Seattle, he has performed American Sign Language literature professionally on a national scale. Over the years he has been involved in several theater productions, film projects and gallery exhibitions.

With a Masters of Fine Arts from the School for American Crafts at R.I.T. in Metal sculpture, art in all its forms is a consuming passion for Jeremy. In June he completed a month long Deaf Artist Residency Program at The Anderson Center in Tower View. Jeremy’s inspiration comes from sharing his appreciation of the great Pacific Northwest with his wife, Annette, and the many adventures they take with their dogs.

Levi and Clay Anderson

Clay and Levi Anderson

How often do you get to see Deaf and hearing twins on stage talking about their experiences as individuals or ... perhaps as twins? Hence, the Anderson twins, with their tad heavy, bald Deaf men coming in to provide the humor perspective to entertain the Deaf Communities, hearing or deaf alike, across the nation!

Levi and Clay Anderson grew up in the small New Mexico town of Milan. They were the only twins in the town, and Levi was the only Deaf child. They tried as hard as they could to be saints, but unfortunately trouble seemed to find them. And being in such a small town, their father would always be the first to know!

“This is where the boys get their sense of humor, they have been trying to impress people since they were in diapers!” said their dad, Frank Anderson.

Clay and Levi have come up with a show that will have you laughing out loud. Of course, the show is based on real-life events, made-up imaginations (realistic, of course!) and stuff that is impossible to be told but someone has to do this, right?

They join us again in 2012 for the fourth time and will appear in the Children’s program and SpotLights Main Stage.

http://theandersontwins.com

Austin Andrews

Austin Andrews

Austin Andrews (aka "Awti") is the hearing son of Deaf parents; a nationally-certified ASL interpreter; presents workshops around the country to ASL professionals, both hearing and Deaf; and produces cutting-edge ASL videos on YouTube. Join Awti in unleashing your ASL Power!

www.youtube.com/awti

Andrew Fisher

Andrew Fisher

Andrew Fisher is an unexpected comedian performing unexpected comedy. Born deaf and hilarious, he has put his unique perspective to work as one of the most captivating comedians on the New York scene. With his roots in the comedy clubs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, he has been expanding his audiences by performing at colleges and universities. Most recently, Andrew has been selected as a headliner for NBC’s StandupNBC college tour. Though it may seem unexpected for all audiences to be able to enjoy jokes told in American Sign Language, Sean Kelly, editor of National Lampoon magazine and former writer for SNL, has lauded Andrew’s ability to take advantage of his disconnect with the audience. Through a combination of flawless physical comedy and expertly timed delivery, Andrew will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about what makes comedy work.

Sean Forbes

Sean Forbes

Sean is a musician on a mission. An accomplished and passionate drummer, rhythm pours out of him, when he breathes, walks, types at his keyboard or hits his drums. Music is in his blood, his cells; it’s just the way he is. He’s also deaf – and out to build a badly needed bridge between the music industry and deaf people everywhere.

Sean grew up in Detroit where his parents, both musicians, filled their home with the sounds of the Motor City: Mitch Ryder, Bob Seger, the Funk Brothers and more. Despite losing his hearing as a baby, Sean soaked up the beats and the vibrations, experiencing great music in his own way.

Inspired by what he calls “The Three B’s” (the Beastie Boys, the Beatles, and Bob Dylan), Sean started out making music videos in his basement and today is producing professional music videos with a focus on the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. He is a voice for not only his generation but deaf culture. He is co-founder of D-PAN, The Deaf Professional Arts Network, a non-profit organization that focuses on translating popular artists' songs into American Sign Language music videos for the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities.

With his passion for music, Sean has opened the door to musical expression – a world historically considered off limits to people in the deaf community. His dream of music for all has helped to transform the way deaf people perceive music. Through his videos and his outreach to deaf people everywhere – particularly young people eager to feel included in popular culture – music is being presented to them as a beautiful symphony of thought and expression, available to all. The hearing community, too, is fascinated by his ASL translations of musical hits and is clamoring for more. Since 2008, Forbes has also performed in over 20 cities across the US and has appeared in front of over 15,000 people.

Sean Forbes is living proof that if you have enough passion and dedication, magic happens and dreams come true. “The world is run by those who show up,” he says, “And I’m showing up.”

www.deafandloud.com

TL Forsberg

TL Forsberg

Best known for her real life role as the ”not deaf enough” girl in the award winning documentary, “See What I’m Saying,” TL Forsberg is a Canadian-born singer/songwriter, actress and performer.

Honored with a Pearl award for her innovative work as an artist in the Deaf Community, TL intentionally embraces the word “Deaf” while using her art and her music as a platform for advocacy ∓ diversity.

TL’s dark “techno pop gothic” music combines “fashion, photography, and Sign Language choreography” in a show that is not only unique but breaks boundaries while it entertains.

Previous credits include: special appearance with rappers “CEE-LO” and “T-PAIN” on FUSE TV; stared as herself on VH1’s reality TV series “Supergroup”; performed at the Alanis Morissette and Tori Amos concert; Much Music, MTV, Ozzfest, 105.3 Rock Radio, and was voted one of “LA’s best kept secrets” by Music Connection Magazine.

Recent credits include: the lead role in the film “Deafening”; the adventurous “Olivia” on the ABC’s “Switched at Birth”, special performance with finalist Chris Mann on NBC’s “The Voice.”

TL is proud to present her debut album “Love Addict” at Kentucky's DeaFestival 2014 with support from director Jules Dameron, dancer Shaheem Sanchez and dancer/choreographer Joey Antonio. To God be the glory!

For more information please visit: www.TLForsberg.com.

Antoine Hunter

Antoine Hunter and the Urban Jazz Dance Company

A native and resident of Oakland, California, Antoine Hunter is founder and director of Urban Jazz Dance Company. He’s been called “a one-man firestorm.” He participated in Philadelphia’s Deaf Arts & Culture PaH! Festival and at Night of the Stars at the Black Deaf Advocates Eastern Regional Conference.

He tours with his own company and with others—currently five of them—and teaches children and adults in over 13 locations, 6 days a week, including East Bay Center of the Performing Arts, Dance-a-Vision Entertainment, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, and Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts. It's a hectic. crammed schedule, but he loves what he's doing—dancing and bringing professional-quality teaching to children, teens, and adults who would otherwise not be getting it at all.

Dance, he learned, is a universal language, rather like sign language. Every nation has a different sign language, and there are many kinds of dance showing the influence of many cultures, but even if you're not familiar with the cultural background of a particular kind of dance, you can still enjoy it, be moved by it, and understand it.

Hunter has mastered and teaches ballet, hip-hop, modern jazz, praise dance, African, and creative movement. He loves the challenge of teaching, and wants to make dance as accessible to as many people as he can, including those from bad neighborhoods or who have no previous training.

Growing up, Hunter experienced isolation and taunting, being made to feel "different and weird." That's one reason why he cherishes his experiences and hopes to continue to have more.

Matthew "Magic" Morgan

Matthew & Liliana Morgan

Matthew's grandfather introduced him to magic at the age of six, and ever since, Matthew has been fascinated with all things magic. Creating illusions is Matthew’s true art, his magic skills have been perfected in countless performances across the country.

Under the stage name 'Magic Morgan', Matthew Morgan has been invited to appear throughout the United States and abroad. Magic Morgan combines the arts of illusion, close-up magic, and comedy to mystify the audience, regardless of age. Some of the tricks up his sleeve feature live animals during his magical performances. On top of these surprises, Magic Morgan's unique blend of humor and mime is sure to thrill any audience!

He recently gained a partner, a wife, Liliana who is a dancer herself and grew up in Russia. Matthew met her during one of his visits abroad, fell in love and worked to bring her to America. They have two children. Both Matthew and Liliana will appear at this year’s DeaFestival-Kentucky!

Hector Reynoso

Hector Reynoso

Hector J. Reynoso is an alumni Gallaudet University '09 and he is 2008 KCACTF nominee for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship and nominee for the 2011 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Ensemble for Synetic Theatre’s King Lear. His talent for visual performance and artistic energy has driven him in numerous productions at Synetic Theatre, most notable are: King Arthur, King Lear, Taming of the Shrew, The Three Musketeers, and 12th Night.

http://hectorjreynoso.com

Warren WAWA Snipe

Warren "WAWA" Snipe

WAWA... A RAPPER WHO HAPPENS TO BE DEAF.

When you go to "Wawa's House", you'll be taken to a whole new level of music through DEAF eyes! Yes, deaf as in can't hear - but wears hearing aids, speaks and signs - ALL VERY WELL! This multi-talented performer with a fan base across the nation and beyond, is originally from Philadelphia, now residing in the Washington, DC area. This consummate entertainer has been performing since childhood and has and does nearly everything in the entertainment world, plus traveled the globe for the past dozen years. Known affectionately as "WAWA", Warren Snipe has written powerful poems and songs and his passion for music grew to a point that he had to share with the world. So watch out Wawa's doing what he does best...breaking down barriers and taking on challenges. He's the type that like to break down barriers, every day in every way moving one step closer to his life's personal goal...to put Deaf recording artists on the mainstream music map! The world's gonna know a new music genre:DIP-HOP (Deaf hip-hop). DIP HOP is Hip-Hop thru deaf eyes. Nowadays people see and understand Hip-Hop through hearing culture but what about the deaf? Wawa's lyrics takes you in the Deaf World. Wawa's making sure that the Deaf community is getting HEARD! Sho Sum Luv!

www.reverbnation.com/slyki

 

Wink

Wink

Wink, NIC Master, enjoys researching and creating various workshops that focus on skill building through deliberate practice (RID Views, Winter 2012). Presenting workshops the last five years at national conferences (NAD, RID, Silent Weekend) regional conferences (RID I, II, III, IV), state conferences, and local workshops across the nation has given Wink experiences to enhance applications for interpreters of all levels. Wink is widely noted for the comfortable atmosphere he creates and the passion he exudes. Currently Wink travels full time performing, presenting workshops, and managing Winkshop, Inc, through which he has developed a dozen training DVDs. A fun fact: in 2013 alone, Wink traveled professionally enough miles to circle the earth over three times.

For more information visit: www.WinkASL.com

Wink can also be found at: www.YouTube.com/WinkASL and #WinkASL

 

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