Deaf Spotlight presents Behind the Scenes: Interview with Ella Mae Lentz

Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 6:30pm

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Inspired by the BRAVO show, Inside the Actors’ Studio, Deaf Spotlight is thrilled to introduce a new interview series, Behind the Scenes. Over next year, Deaf Spotlight will bring three Deaf actors/performing artists to Seattle for an interview on stage, preceded by a short performance piece. Consider this a rare opportunity to listen and learn from a first-person point of view of how Deaf performing artists attained success, how they think as artists, their connection to Deaf culture, and their use of American Sign Language in performances.

Upon discovering the word “Deafhood” coined by Dr. Paddy Ladd of Bristol University Centre for Deaf Studies, Ella Mae Lentz seeks justice for Deaf people by working to unshackle the Deaf community in which she grew up and identifies with from Audism and Oralism.

Born in Berkeley, California, she grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 1960’s, and witnessed not only protests against war and racism but the beginning of Deaf Resurgence. In 1971, Ella went on to Gallaudet University where she had her epiphany about American Sign Language, which launched her into a career of teaching, training instructors and interpreters, performing poetry and helping with linguistic research.

Retired from 16 years of full-time teaching ASL and Deaf Culture, Ella’s immediate goal is to complete the major updating of Signing Naturally curriculum series of which she is a co-author. Her long-term goals include promoting academic excellence in American Sign Language and healthy Deafhood discourse among all Deaf people as well as in the public.

Currently, Ella is married to her long-time partner, Judy D. Gough, and they have raised five children, the youngest being Deaf. They are blessed with eleven grandchildren, three being Deaf. Judy and Ella have had many pets including dogs, cats, llamas, a goat, rabbits, rats, a mouse, and iguanas.

When: Friday, February 1, 2013
Where: Johnson Hall 102
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Doors Open at 6:30 PM
Interview starts: 7 PM to 8:30 PM

Campus parking at C1 to C5 Central Plaza Parking Garage: $10
Street parking available- please note that metered parking continue until 8 PM

Online Advance Admissions:
Adults: $10
Students & Senior Citizens: $8
Online sales will end at noon on the event day.

At Door Admissions:
Adults: $20
Students & Senior Citizens: $18
Cash and Credit Card Accepted.

No refunds. No late seating.
Please arrive early to secure your spot!
Deaf-Blind Interpreting requests must be submitted by Friday, January 18, 2013.

This event will be in American Sign Language with voice interpretation.

Sponsored by 4Culture, UW Linguistics Department, ASLIN and Aliuqet.

University of Washington parking info:

University of Washington, Johnson Hall 102

15th Ave NE & NE 41st
Seattle, WA 98105

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