The mission of Deaf Crows Collective is to provide opportunities for theatre performance by d/Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing, late deafened actors of all ages to celebrate Deaf culture, encourage self expression, and foster relationships between hearing and Deaf communities.
History & Highlights
Deaf Crows Collective evolved from the production Deaf Crows presented at The Artesian in Regina, June 2016. Following the tremendous success, sold-out extended run, and invitations to present Deaf Crows across Canada, Joanne Weber and other members of the Regina Deaf community recognized the need for a Deaf voice in the theatre and arts scene, and Deaf Crows Collective was born.
The Deaf Crows Collective has grown from its humble beginnings as a group of d/Deaf secondary school actors from Regina Public Schools’ Winston Knoll Collegiate's (formerly located at Thom Collegiate) Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program. These youth have progressed from struggling with language deprivation to becoming a troupe of players entertaining audiences locally and beyond. They are seeking to involve multiple audiences in their world that is filled with triumph, tears, laughter, and determination. They wish to achieve the 1001 small victories required for their growth and inclusion in Canadian society today.
Deaf Crows Collective is a group of Deaf and hearing actors who work together to explore the Deaf experience and ways to bridge all communication preferences, language choices, intersectionalities (such as race, class and gender) and visual communication styles. We are seeking ways to blend genres such as ASL poetry, puppetry, mime, the written and spoken word. We collaborate with Deaf and hearing artists, Deaf cultural consultants, ASL specialists and those who are culturally diverse to bring unforgettable experiences of navigating all worlds to audiences.
Deaf Crows Collective performance and art projects are made possible thanks to the generous donations of public and private donors. For information about sponsorship of a future Deaf Crows performance please email firstname.lastname@example.org