Queer Signs – American Sign Language Workshop
Hosted by Sage Lovell / Amorena Bartlett / Thurga Kanagasekarampillai / Connor Yuzwenko-Martin
University of Alberta, Fine Arts Building, Edmonton, AB, Canada
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Cost: $25.00 Cash at the Door. Please have exact amount.
Sage Lovell is a queer Deaf nonbinary artist, activist, and educator. They attended Gallaudet University where they realized that Deaf Accessibility was twenty years behind in Canada. They returned to their roots and focused on advocacy where they’ve been working closely with various communities since developing awareness. Sage established “Deaf Spectrum”, where the focus is on promoting the accessible usage and recognition of sign language. Sage was on the board of Ontario Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf (ORAD) for three years. They’ve coordinated and taught Queer ASL for HANDS ON ASL! Since 2012, Sage has been providing workshops and training on the inclusivity of Deaf Queer & Trans Folks for hearing-based Queer & Trans organizations, for the Deaf Community, and for ASL/English Interpreters.
Amorena Bartlett is originally from British Columbia and moved to Edmonton in 2009. She is currently an ASL sessional instructor at MacEwan University and works at Alberta Deaf Sports Association as Administrative Assistant. She has a degree in Criminology and is currently completing her diploma in Paralegal Studies at MacEwan University. Her goal with her studies and various roles within the Deaf community is to become a strong advocate for Deaf rights within the criminal justice system. She has a passion to embrace new opportunities that come her way that allow her to explore the world outside her comfort zone. She recently provided ASL Coaching for SONGS MY MOTHER NEVER SUNG ME which premiered at The 2019 SOUND OFF FESTIVAL and is nominated for a Mayor’s Award.
Thurga is a Deaf Tamil-Canadian Queer Artist. She recently graduated with Honours in the Acting for Media program at George Brown College, Torotno. Thurga has worked as Deaf Interpreter in theatre and as an ASL performer with Cahoots Theatre for “The Enchanted Loom” (2016); Red Dress Production for “Drift Seeds” (2017); and “Speculation” (2018). In February 2019, she was in Toronto’s Rhubarb Festival and the Sound Off Festival in Edmonton to perform with “Deafies’ Unique Time”. She is currently working under the expert Direction of Josette Bushell-Mingo on “The Tempest”, cast as Miranda and thrilled to join NICA for this “Queer Signs” workshop.
Connor Yuzwenko-Martin has nurtured a lifelong passion for theatre and accessibility, and you’d be hard-pressed to find him working on one part without the other. Recent accomplishments include serving as the Deaf Consultant for Concrete Theatre’s production “Songs My Mother Never Sung Me” (2019). In the past, Connor has performed on stage in Nina Raine’s “Tribes” (2015) and Coming Out Monologues presented by the University of Alberta. Connor supports several local theatres and organizations in improving their engagement with the Deaf community. After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Alberta (2014), he is currently pursuing a Public Relations diploma at Macewan University with the ultimate aspiration of transforming the landscape in Edmonton and Alberta to one of complete and radical inclusion. As a descendant of settlers, he is humbled and grateful to accomplish his work on Treaty 6 Territory.
This workshop will be conducted in ASL only without interpretation.