|A Day in the Life of a Performing Arts Interpreter
Have you ever seen an advertisement that indicated that specific play or concert will have sign language interpreters present?Have you ever wondered how an interpreter prepares for a concert or play? Its not as easy as you would think!
This past week, the Washington Post printed a comprehensive look at two shows (Lady Gaga and Bon Jovi) here in the DC area where sign language interpreters were hired to make the shows accessible.
The article takes you through their preparation rituals, lyric dilemmas and show time performance. It also takes the view of an audience participant by interviewing a few of the deaf and hard of hearing folks that purchased tickets to the show. As an interpreter who loves to work in the theatre and interpreting for concerts, I felt this article was all encompassing. As any performing arts interpreter will tell you, we dont do this for the fame or money – instead – we do it for the love of the arts! The Washington Post - Article