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The Republic  |
Maria Polletta
December 1, 2014

Mesa native Troy Kotsur, who was born deaf and dreamed of directing movies, recently debuted his first film, "No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie."

Nearly three decades ago, Troy Kotsur was "a small fish in a big pond."

A Mesa native who'd been born deaf, the Westwood High grad had big dreams of becoming the next Steven Spielberg — and his parents weren't sold.

"Of course, they wanted what was 'safe' for me, but over time, my parents learned that part of my personality is being a risk-taker," said Kotsur, now 46. "I was born a storyteller."

Now, Kotsur is swimming with the big fish. A successful actor who has appeared in theater productions, TV shows and films, he has at last added "director" to his resume.

His film "No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie" was screened in Mesa on Nov. 22.

Kotsur, who lives in Los Angeles with his wife and 9-year-old daughter, talked to The Republic about his journey from Mesa to the silver screen in an e-mail interview.

Responses have been edited for clarity.

Question: What was growing up in Mesa like for you?

Read entire interview . . .


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The position provides programmatic oversight; supervises frontline staff; participates in the senior management team; explores grant and contract opportunities; develops programmatic components of federal, state, and local grant and contract proposals; researches potential funders for existing and projected programs; writes grant proposals; supervises statistical and demographic reporting with particular emphasis on core independent living service delivery; provides program development; liaisons to assigned board committees; and delivers presentations before community groups and agencies.

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