McDougall Presenting at Critical Link

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TerpTheatre founder, Danny McDougall, is heading to Edinburgh, Scotland to present at Critical Link 8—a conference bringing together interpreters and translators in spoken and signed languages. Established in Canada in 1992, Critical Link International is committed to the advancement of interpretation in social, legal, and healthcare settings. “Held every three years, this highly esteemed event […]

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The Christchurch Cathedral and Quake Damage [vBlog]

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[Scroll down for video.] New Zealand is a wonderful place — it is visually stunning, and everyone I’ve met has been very warm and welcoming. Whilst in town for a conference hosted by the Sign Language Interpreters Association of New Zealand, I stayed in a hotel next to the famed Christchurch Cathedral, which sustained major […]

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Melbourne by Day and Night

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Since arriving in Melbourne, there hasn’t been much time for me to simply be a tourist. Finally, I had a few hours on a Saturday to explore the city. It is an impossible task to explore this wonderful city in such a brief time – there’s just so much to see and do that it can’t […]

These Dollars Make Cents

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My first week in Australia is all about adjusting. The 14 hour time difference is a big part of that – but, I’m also meeting new people, being exposed to a new sign language, and enjoying the differences in every-day things that I’ve come to overlook at home. When I first exchanged US dollars for […]

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An American, Un-Plugged

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After loads of preparation, I’m finally here in Melbourne! The travel was an adventure of it’s own. I have one suitcase and a backpack for clothes, and two cases of camera equipment. The sensitive equipment went carry-on with me, and a large case of durable equipment was checked with baggage. The cases were really impossible […]

Aussy / NZ Research Trip Begins

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As I type this, I am on a plane, and beginning an astonishing adventure. How This Started In 1980, theatre introduced me to sign language. I was in a production of Runaways, by Elizabeth Swadows, and I played a Deaf character (see photo, above). I had never met a Deaf person, and knew nothing about sign […]

RID References TerpTheatre On Performance Interpreting

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Voting members of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) recently approved a Special Practice Paper on Interpreting For The Performing Arts. The paper seeks to provide “a framework for basic, respectable standards” when RID members are interpreting in a performance setting (e.g., theatre). In addition to a broad overview of performance interpreting, the paper […]

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Theatre Research Project:
Fall Update

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CONTENT Research Team Finding Interpreters Travel Plans First Surveys There’s been a lot of activity in the first few months of our research project focused on theatre interpreting and the blend of Deaf and hearing actors on stage.  Here’s a report on the status of the project, including my upcoming travel to Los Angeles, Washington […]

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TerpTheatre Launches Book Project and Website

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For many years, we’ve been told, “TerpTheatre should write a book about theatre interpreting.” Finally, it’s happening! Starting in June, 2013, we’ll begin a two-year research and book project.  Research activities will include: Surveys of interpreters and others around the world Travel to see interpreted performances Filmed interviews with theatre interpreters (and others) Filmed examples […]