Gaining insight on deaf theater

Gaining insight on deaf theater


GLASSBORO - To make it on the professional stage, all aspiring actors have to take big leaps. Claudia Liolios' leaps are enormous.

Liolios, a native of Germany, is hailed by her artistic director as brilliant, gifted and wonderful. But she is deaf, so brilliant, gifted and wonderful aren't always enough.

"It's hard sometimes," Liolios told a group of 40 deaf and hearing thespians and students on Saturday, "but you can't be nervous. You have to believe in the creativity inside you."

The challenges and lessons illustrated by the work of Liolios and her peers were the topic of a theater workshop at Rowan University.

And the challenges are many, said Bill Morgan, artistic director of Cleveland Signstage, the deaf-theater troupe that led the event.

"There just aren't a lot of opportunities for deaf professional actors," he said, motioning to Liolios. "And I know that girl right there is just as good, if not better, than Marlee Matlin, but there aren't that many parts."

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Date Published: Monday, October 8, 2001 - 09:48
Source URL: The Philadelphia Inquirer