The theatre community is fortunate to have several recent documents that address access for Deaf performing artists and for audiences.
- Expanding the Arts: A Guidebook for Working with Artists who are Deaf or have Disabilities by Canada Council for the Arts (2015)
This guide addresses access in all areas of the arts.
- Making Queer Events Accessible for the Deaf Community: A How-To Guide by the British Columbia Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf (2014) http://www.bcrad.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Making-Queer-Events-Accessible-for-the-Deaf-Community.pdf
This guide addresses access for the Deaf community to cultural events.
- The Performing Arts Access Program Handbook Part II: A Practical Toolkit for Producers and Presenters of American Sign Language Interpreted Theatrical Performances by Picasso Pro and Creative Trust (2012) http://www.creativetrust.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Arts-Access-Handbook-PartII.pdf
This handbook focuses on interpreter practice in a theatrical setting.
- Focus on Disability and Deaf Arts in Canada: A Report from the Field by Rose Jacobson and Geoff McMurchy to Canada Council for the Arts (2010)
This report highlights approaches to interpreted performance and provides a list of Deaf theatre companies in the U.S. that offer professional productions, tours and performance training.
- Picasso Pro also provides an archival history of productions on an accessibly coded website that features Canadian Deaf performing artists.
The DATT provides a comprehensive discussion of the entire theatre production cycle incorporating a Deaf cultural context. Based on the learnings from ULTRASOUND, the DATT expands the discussion beyond theatre access to describe theatre engagement of the Deaf community in the production process. The DATT is developed from the growth experience of a hearing based theatre company. For review of theatre that has emerged from within the Canadian Deaf community go to deafculturecentre.ca to find the Deaf Arts Handbook Series Volume III: Showtime – Deaf Theatre in Canada (in press) and Focus on Disability and Deaf Arts in Canada (2010) for a list of U.S. Deaf theatre companies.