I am deeply grateful to Jane Norman for editing this special issue of Opening Stages on deaf performing arts culture. Jane is a teacher, media consultant and producer whom I interviewed last year (Issue #25). Her breadth of knowledge and thoughtfulness were immediately apparent, and I was thrilled when she accepted my invitation to take on this task.
She has done a fantastic job, giving us an insightful view of this unique and growing world. I feel sure that it will impress and move you.
It is not everyday that something wonderful falls out of the sky and bonks you on the head, leaving you dazzled at the opportunity to guest edit a Kennedy Center newsletter. I am sincerely grateful to Paul Kahn, editor of Opening Stages for this opportunity. In this issue, I am providing a glimpse into the world of deaf and hard of hearing individuals who are involved in the arts, both in front of and behind the scenes. I have also included a brief look at the organizations and university programs that are both providing the training for deaf and hard of hearing artists, and giving them a showcase for their talents. This list is in no way all-inclusive; more talented individuals are listed on my website at www.thedeaflens.com.
I hope you enjoy these stories and they whet your appetite to learn more about these talented individuals.Jane Norman