Hands-In Entertainment announces ASL educational programs

By on December 30, 2018

Hands-In Entertainment will be bringing Crom Saunders to Rochester for the first time on Sunday, February 24, at the Lyric Theater. Saunders will be presenting his “Green Eggs and Hamlet” workshop for American Sign Language interpreters as well as his one-man-show “Cromania!”

Hands-In Entertainment, a new 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, is dedicated to providing and training the highest quality of interpreters for performing arts and large events while increasing awareness within the community about accessibility through American Sign Language interpreters. Hands-In has recently worked with organizations such as the Neighborhood Acting Company, the Kodak Center, Geva Theater Center, School of the Arts, MuCCC, the Key Bank Rochester Fringe Festival, Greece Performing Arts Society, among others. Hands-In lists all events on www.HandsInEntertainment.org as an online resource for all ASL-interpreted events.

Executive Director, Hunter Ekberg, leads the Hands-In Entertainment team of interpreters and develops the educational programming. Ekberg, originally from Minneapolis, MN, graduated from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and works as a freelance interpreter in the Rochester community. Ekberg is also a well-known Rochester actor.

Crom Saunders’ workshop and one-man-show marks the beginning of Hands-In Entertainment’s educational programs. “This is the exciting beginning to many more educational and cultural opportunities we plan to offer to the Deaf community of Rochester,” said Ekberg. “We hope to engage children and young adults as we offer diverse programming centered around performing arts.”

Crom Saunders received his M.A. in Creative Writing and began teaching ASL and Deaf Culture at several universities before getting tenure at Columbia College Chicago, where he is currently Director of Deaf Studies. Saunders also works as a theatre interpreter and ASL master for several notable theater companies, including Steppenwolf Theatre and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He also presents workshops and performs internationally.

“Green Eggs and Hamlet” workshop will be Sunday, February 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Lyric Theater, 440 East Avenue, Rochester. This workshop will allow participants to analyze the works of Shakespeare, Seuss, and other writers whose works are traditionally established in content, context, and tone, while discussing the obstacles in translation that comes with these traditional views. 0.6 CEUs available for certified interpreters.

A public performance of “Cromania!” will be Sunday, February 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lyric Theater. “Cromania!” features skits incorporating pop culture, impersonations, improvisation, American Sign Language, puns, and physical feats into one big laugh fest.

Registration for the workshop and tickets for the performance are available online at www.HandsInEntertainment.org.

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