Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014
By Neale McDevitt
Aside from singers, auctioneers and ventriloquists, few people rely as heavily on their voices as actors. The best thespians use their voices as instruments to convey every feeling ranging from angry to Zen.
But what about Deaf actors who, because of their use of a visual language, have less access to performance art than their hearing counterparts? Some people might suggest that they are lesser actors because their powers of expression are diminished.
Those people have never been to a Seeing Voices Montreal (SVM) rehearsal in which Deaf actors performing side by side with hearing colleagues, bring words to life using their hands, bodies and facial expressions.
To read the full article, please visit: http://publications.mcgill.ca/reporter/2014/02/speaking-volumes-unique-theatre-group-incorporates-voice-and-sign-language/
By Stephanie Gervais, Anna Stuber
Posted Feb 18 2014 - 10:00am
TAGGED WITH: competition, raising awareness, sign language, vote
Seeing Voices Montreal is an organization that raises awareness about the deaf community by performing plays for the Montreal community in American Sign Language. Josephine Torossian, the co-founder of the McGill club, feels strongly about supporting the marginalized group. Its' goal is to eliminate discrimination and create equality between the deaf and hearing worldsthrough theatre.
The company Start Something with Alesse, which was founded four years ago with the mission of helping young Canadians start up their businesses and projects, is having a competition to award a worthy cause such as Seeing Voices Montreal. The cause that receives the most votes is given $5000 to spend on their organization and is also partnered with a mentor to help get their ideas off the ground.
Click here to watch Josephine and one of her actresses, Sera, give an interview with Jessi Cruickshank from Start Something with Alesse. Josephine explains how she became involved with the deaf community through sign language classes and further expresses her passion for a culture of gestures and facial expressions that led to her vision of integrating the hearing and deaf communities to achieve equality.
For more information on Seeing Voices Montreal, or if you’re interested in getting involved, click here to be connected to their website.
Check out their production Deaf Snow White in March at Players' Theatre to experience deaf culture and learn more about what this group does.
Here’s how can you get involved:
By voting for Josephine here, you can help her to win the $5000 which she can put towards costumes, equipment, and props for Seeing Voices Montreal's plays. The money would be a big help in setting this up and enable them to start touring and spreading awareness elsewhere.
To read the full article, please visit: http://www.hercampus.com/school/mcgill/vote-seeing-voices-montreal-win-worthy-cause
Publié le 10 février 2014
En lice au concours Alesse, ça commence ici!Josephine Torossian et Aselin Weng ont mis sur pied la troupe de théâtre Seeing Voices en 2012, afin d'offrir des adaptations de pièces pour enfants aux personnes sourdes et malentendantes. Elles sont finalistes au concours Alesse, ça commence ici! dans la catégorie «Innovation».
Les fondatrices de la troupe Seeing Voices, Josephine Torossian et Aselin Weng en compagnie de la comédienne Sera Kassab. (Photo: Mario Beauregard)
Jessi Cruickshank, ambassadrice internationale pour Enfants Entraide (Free the Children) et Caroline Néron, comédienne et entrepreneure, ont choisi les meilleures propositions.
Les gagnants participeront à un programme de mentorat, en plus d’obtenir un soutien financier de 5000 $. Les Canadiens sont invités à voter, une fois par jour, pour leur projet favori au www.facebook.com/commenceici.
To read the full article, please visit: http://www.courrierlaval.com/Actualites/Societe/2014-02-10/article-3610075/%26laquo%3BSeeing-Voices%26raquo%3B-de-Josephine-Torossian%3A-du-theatre-pour-les-sourds/1
Languages have always intrigued Josephine, and she tested her skills when she began to learn American Sign Language (ASL). Its ability to allow individuals to communicate, and express so much through gestures and facial expressions made Josephine fall in love with it. She was shocked, however, at the level of isolation and discrimination her deaf friends endured. Inspired to break down barriers, Josephine started Seeing Voices - an ASL theatre group to bridge the gap between the Deaf and hearing worlds. Their goal is to convey equality amidst diversity through theatre, by performing adaptations of well-known children’s plays with a Deaf culture twist. Their first play will be called ‘Deaf Snow White’, and is set to open in early 2014.
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Concordia News: Seeing Voices Montreal
It can often be difficult for Deaf and hearing people to communicate socially. Last Fall, a sign language teacher and his dedicated students at McGill decided to change that. They created "Seeing Voices Montreal." It's a group that tries to bridge that gap between Deaf and hearing communities by mixing sign language and drama. Reporter Sara Cornett has the details.
A new theatre group is preparing for the debut of a unique stage production.
"Seeing Voices Montreal" provides a creative outlet for actors who are Deaf, and the theatre group is hoping to raise awareness about the Deaf community and build bridges.
Six of the actors in their upcoming version of "Snow White" are Deaf.
Jack Volpe, director of the theatre group, is Deaf and he faces the challenge of directing a mixed cast of actors: some who can hear and others who cannot.
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Read the whole story on CTV Montreal - Deaf theatre group presenting unique take on Snow White (Power Of One).