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TDF has given subsidy support over 1,000 plays including 31 that subsequently won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.


Interpreting for the Theatre

To contact TDF about Interpreting for the Theatre
Email or call (212) 912-9770 ext. 382 

Click here to view the 2009 Interpreting for the Theatre Brochure

To help train the nation's next generation of theatre interpreters, TDF sponsors a one-week institute at the Juilliard School, taught by New York's top theatre interpreters and offered for credit through RID (Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf).

TDF is putting the "Interpreting for the Theatre Program" on hold and will not run the program in 2011. Please check back for more information in fall 2011.


Sign Language Interpreter Alan Champion combines his performing skills with his sign language background to interpret live theatre. The American Theatre Wing "In the Wings" interviewed him on his career.  Champion discusses how his career developed, and the personal and professional significance of the 1980 Tony Award winning play Children of a Lesser God as well as remembering some favorite shows that he interpreted on Broadway for TDF.

This training has been attended by participants from 36 different states, as well as individuals from Canada and the Netherlands. Most of the classes and all of the forums are conducted in American Sign Language (ASL). Body Awareness classes and a few other sessions are conducted in spoken English. As a program participant, it is essential that you are able to communicate fluently in both languages. TDF recommends that all participants be certified as proficient in ASL by RID. The training is offered annually each June, and applications are accepted through the first week of November.

Audition Requirements
After TDF has processed your initial application, we will mail you the required audition material, which consists of two videotaped monologues and their accompanying texts. We cannot consider alternate audition material.