Terrylene – Deborah
The Deaf community reveres and regards Terrylene as one of their foremost celebrities and one of their own: the actress who not only represents them truthfully in the roles she plays, but who fluently and artistically preserves and celebrates their authentic native language, Ameslan (American Sign Language). Terrylene received overwhelming applause for her critically acclaimed, autobiographical one-woman stage play, In The Now, which toured nationally and been adapted into an indie feature film, entitled The Upper Room, currently waiting to be fully funded for the production phase. Recently, Terrylene devoted her craft to Ameslan poetry in hope of enlightening others to this under-recognized art form. She also dedicated her time and talent in creating an entertaining E-learning website for toddlers to promote healthy bilingual development by the age of five, (www.clercschildren.com.) Terrylene is grateful to NY Live Arts for taking the lead in presenting this play in Ameslan’s truest artistic form. She hopes for this play to inspire audiences in creating new cutting edge work in the Ameslan’s artistic dimension. www.Terrylene.com
Lewis Merkin – Hornby
For over 30 years his acting career has taken him all over the world. Broadway: original cast Children of a Lesser God (1979-1982); London: Equus (1981); 2 years with the National Theatre of the Deaf (1986-1988); Off-Broadway: On House WPA Theatre (1997), Epic Family Epic dir. Ain Gordon (2003, 2007), regional theatres and TV. He is the co-writer (with Drew Emery) of Language of One, a journey of a Deaf, Gay, Jewish architect, which was originally produced in Seattle (1993) and went on to have productions at New York Deaf Theatre (1995) and the Australian Theatre of the Deaf (1999). As a consultant, he has worked with Mary Louise Parker, Michael O”Keefe and Rosie Perez on Reckless MTC, Fêtes de la Nuit (WeildWorks) and A Movement of the Soul. He is also an American Sign Language interpreter with a national certification (CDI) from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and currently serves as a Member at Large on its Board of Directors. Lewis is an administrative staff interpreter with the NYC Dept. of Education.
Alexandria Wailes – Pauline Credits include Broadway: Big River; NY/Regional: Mother Courage (The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park with Meryl Streep/ directed by George C. Wolfe and translated by Tony Kushner), Charles Mee’s Fêtes de la Nuit (WeildWorks), Pippin, The Wild Boys (Australia Theatre of the Deaf, Sydney AU), Sleeping Beauty Wakes (Center Theater Group- Kirk Douglas Theater), Big River (DeafWest/ Center Theater Group), Love Person and Gruesome Playground Injuries (Mixed Blood Theatre); Television: Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Nurse Jackie, and Conviction; Film: Always Chasing Love, Freedom Is Not Free; Webseries: 258News. Ms. Wailes received a 2007 LA Ovation nomination for ‘Best Lead Female in a Musical’ for Sleeping Beauty Wakes. In 2012 she spent four months performing in The Odyssey Project in Manhattan and Brooklyn. She is the current Artistic Director of Senses Askew Company and is working with Ritual FilmWorks on an original web series- God Loves You.