Deaf Spotlight: Epic Jam

Sat, Apr 8, 2017 at 6pm

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Doors at 5:00pm

Tickets: $10 adv/$15 dos

Featuring Jeremy Quiroga and Theron Parker 

with Host Nat Wilson 

Come and see another Epic Jam on Saturday, April 8, 2017 featuring Jeremy Quiroga and Theron Parker! They are sure to deliver a magnificent performance in ASL. 

Our goal is to revitalize the Deaf cultural gathering, where the Deaf community can share poems and tell stories in American Sign Language (ASL). This is part of a long-time tradition that has passed down from Deaf Clubs and Deaf schools through several generations. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to see, support and develop a larger pool of performers and poets who celebrate ASL. The audience will be encouraged to interact and, in the process, develop an appreciation for why ASL literature is so deeply valued in the Deaf community. 

Jeremy Quiroga has been involved with 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 ASL literature professionally on a national scale. With a Masters in Fine Arts from the School for American Crafts at R.I.T. in Metal sculpture, art in all its forms has become a consuming passion for Jeremy. Inspiration comes from sharing his appreciation of nature in the great Pacific Northwest with his wife, Annette, and the many adventures they take with their dogs. 

Theron Parker leads a notable career as a performer, instructor and presenter. Theron, renowned for his ABC stories, has produced four DVDs: In the Minds of Ed and Theron, Have ASL, Will Travel: Fables from Around the World, Folklore from Around the World, and Little Deaf Spies. Theron also appeared in Forget Me Not, and served as an assistant producer for ASL Films. Theron also was part of Illusion of ASL, a deaf theater group, for five years. A certified Baby Signs instructor, he teaches literacy through ASL for his non-profit organization, ABC ASL, working with children and parents. For Theron, ASL storytelling is the most beautiful music imaginable, With its natural beauty and expressiveness, he aspires to expose ASL to many generations of deaf children and hearing people as possible. 

Hosting the evening with his heartwarming energy inviting audience participation is Nat Wilson. Nat is a National Theater of the Deaf Alum, storyteller, comedian, and host for festivals and events celebrating ASL and Deaf culture. 

Consider Epic Jam your “open stage” opportunity to share your poems and stories! Come and join us! 

Please note: Tickets do not guarantee seating during shows at the Royal Room. For sold out shows standing room may be the only available space. If advanced tickets are sold out, limited tickets will be available at the door on a first come, first serve basis. Please come early to ensure you get a table. Reservations can be made for those who are coming for dinner as well as the show. The Royal Room is All Ages until 10pm.