“emotions are the same for everyone, feelings are the universal language”

We think of silence as being the lack of sound. We think of sound as being the sensation of vibrations through the air hitting our ears, but it is not. Sound, is movement. Bill Morgan discusses how sign language works, how it came to be, and how something with no “sound” can in fact be very, very loud.

About the speaker

William Morgan has just celebrated his 12th year as the Artistic Manager for CHSC (The Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center) where he controls the day to day activities of SignStage, a deaf awareness theatre program within the Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing department. SignStage uses theatre techniques to educate its audiences about Deaf Culture. In Oct. 2013, Bill received an award from the Mayor of the City of Cleveland for his “Creativity in Promoting Awareness of Deaf Culture”. Bill is a nationally and internationally recognized playwright. He is a specialist at adapting mainstream children’s stories into “Deaf Theatre” plays that highlight deaf characters and cultural conflicts. Three times, Bill directed the winning entry at Weathervane Community Theatre’s 8 x 10 National 10-minute Play Competition. Most recently, Bill was a casting assistant on the movie “Run” (still in production) that features Marlee Matlin. Bill continues his work with Cleveland civic organizations and educational organizations like The Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, the Cleveland Theatre Collective and the Cuyahoga Arts Education Consortium.

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