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Adventuring in American Sign Language: Trix’s Travels

Trix Bruce’s newest show, Adventuring in ASL: Trix’s Travels, features hilarious true tales. Trix has documented years of journeying and now she’s ready to share these stories with you. As a Deaf person traveling among hearing people, Trix has experienced incredible ups and downs, adventures, crazyeling crazy--making moments, and eventual happy landings. Trix draws you in as she encounters misunderstanding, missed flights, embarrassing time, exciting challenges, and a growing sense of travel flights, travel--savvy. Take a ride with Trix, and see for yourself!

November 19, 2015
Thursday Evening ~ 7 pm

Lord Fairfax Community College, William McCoy Theater
173 Skirmisher Lane
Middletown, VA 22645-1745

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Trix Bruce

September 11, 2015, Friday 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Lexical Non-Manual Signals: The "TH" signal   

This workshop has a focus on the non-manual "TH" signal. Interpreters will analyze and apply this grammatical marker in various contexts. Video clips and discussion will increase interpreters' confidence. Contexts include: character development, structures, English idioms, conjunctions, adjectives, and more. (0.4 RID CEUs available) Demo: Video Clip: “Feeling Like A Fool!” )

Registration: $50 in advance or $60 at door

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September 12, 2015, Saturday 8 am – 4 pm

Face-Painting with Non-Manual Signals in ASL 

Non-manual signals (NMS) in American Sign Language enrich and clarify the meaning of manual signs.  Come and learn that art of painting your face with a full spectrum of NMS colors and designs. Non-Manual Signals include: 1) Non-Manual Adverbs 2) Lexical Non-Manual Behaviors 3) Non-Manual Grammatical Markers 4) Emotional States / Evaluative judgments 5) Prosodic Structure 6) Discourse Structure 7) Turn Taking 8) Backchannel Feedback 9) Grammatical ?Sound? Markers, and 10) Mouth Movements. This workshop will focus on developing accurate non-manual signals and markers as used in ASL. Demonstrations of each category of facial behaviors and head movements will be shown in context. Practice exercises will be offered.  By the end of this workshop, you’ll be an artist! (0.7 RID CEUs available!)

Registration: $80 in advance or $90 at door

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September 10-11, 2015 ~ 8 am – 2pm

Your own private Mentor! As your mentor, Trix will focus on you, providing individualized feedback and instruction in English/ASL translation and Deaf culture. Under the direction of an expert instructor, your skills will soar! Email her for an appointment. Mentor appointments are not included the workshop registration. For a mentor appointment, there is a separate fee. (RID CEUs available!)

William R. Talley Recreation Center
121 North Bentz Street
Frederick, MD 21701 


BIO: Patricia (Trix) Bruce, from Seattle, Washington, is known nationwide as both a workshop presenter and an American Sign Language performer. Trix's work has been warmly received everywhere, from local community centers, to state, regional and national conferences, Deaf Way II, interpreter conventions and more.  Wildly popular as a teacher of ASL storytelling and ASL interpretation, Trix impresses audiences at all levels of ASL skill, from novices to fluent experts. Trix has been profoundly deaf since she was 6 months old. She went through oral, mainstreaming, deaf classes, and online educational programs. Trix has been involved in the performing arts since 1980. After completing her college program, she became involved with interpreter training. Trix's main area of study has been ASL Linguistics with a focus on ASL Performance.  She has developed a popular website: Whether writing, creating, improvising or starring in her many productions, Trix's passion for the dramatic arts shines through.