Actors and directors sometimes wonder, “What it is like to work with interpreters on stage?” During a recent production of Treasure Island produced by Michigan’s most inclusive theatre company – Wild Swan Theater – we had the chance to talk with actors and others about the subject. Some have been working with TerpTheatre for more than twenty years, while others were in their first production with shadowed interpreters. Here are their reactions.
Danny McDougall, PhD, CSC — “Dr. Danny” — owns and manages TerpTheatre. Since 1986, he has interpreted in hundreds of plays, musicals and other performances on stage – most in the shadowed style. He teaches and lectures on the theory and practice of theatre interpreting. Danny is the chair of Sign Language Studies at Madonna University, and holds a PhD in Translation and Interpretation from Heriot-Watt University – where his dissertation explored the relationship between space and meaning during interpreted theatre performances.