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THEATRE INTERPRETING COURSES & WORKSHOPS
Trainers: Donna Ruane RSLI & Alexandra Shaw RSLT of Theatresign

Theatresign ran its first training course in 2009. In the years to follow, this course evolved into a series of courses designed to address the interpreting needs of specific genres of theatre. 

Theatresign is proud to be the main provider of sign language interpreted performances in the West End and in the regions and has established a reputation for providing high-quality services.  We provide interpreters for single performances and for long running shows, which include West End and UK touring productions.  This regular provision enables Theatresign to provide unique training opportunities to BSL Communication Professionals.

Our courses range from one day and two day courses, from introductory to advanced and specialist domains.  Our training courses are delivered within theatre environments and, where possible, we offer participants an opportunity to see an interpreted performance. Previous courses have been themed on Billy Elliot, Avenue Q, We Will Rock You, The Mousetrap, Mamma Mia!, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and Propellor’s Shakespeare to name a few.

Our workshops are dynamic, interactive and fun, and provide opportunities for practical activities. Theatresign trainers Donna Ruane RSLI and Alexandra Shaw TSLT have several years of training experience, and some courses benefit from visiting trainers from the theatre domain.

For up to date information, check out our training programme here: (back to list of training courses)

Our courses have been received well abroad, including accredited workshops being held at the National Theatre in Budapest and the British Embassy in Hungary. Watch this space for further international locations currently confirming dates.

All courses are suitable to be logged with NRCPD as evidence of CPD.

MORE ABOUT THE TRAINERS:

Image of TR.Donna Ruane RSLI:
Donna Ruane is Theatresign’s Senior Interpreter and has interpreted hundreds of shows in the West End and in the regions on tour.

An experienced interpreter, Donna has been Qualified for 15 years and involved in interpreter training for over 10 years, and is a qualified Assessor and IV.

Donna’s passion for the arts began at an early age while studying ballet during her formative years. After leaving school and working in a number of different domains, Donna began work within the Deaf community and knew that this was where she was meant to be. Having a Deaf brother, Donna soon realised the lack of access afforded to the Deaf community in the arts. With the encouragement of Terry Ruane, she became qualified as an Interpreter and began to address the need for service provision within theatres.

With no theatrical interpreting training available at that time, it became a mission for Donna and Terry to develop interpreters within this domain to improve the overall experience of Deaf patrons attending performances. Almost 20 years of hard work and listening to feedback from the Deaf community around the UK, and now internationally, has made Theatresign renown in its field.
Our courses reflect that passion and Donna looks forward to the next 20 years!

Alexandra Shaw RSLT:
Alexandra joined Theatresign in September 2012 and has assessed over 70 shows and co-delivered a number of Theatresign's training sessions alongside Senior Interpreter Donna Ruane. 

One of Alexandra’s earliest recollections of “theatre” was watching Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals at her grandparents’ house growing up. She was influenced by the musical tastes of her family – including Queen and Australian country music – before stumbling across ABBA when introduced to sign singing. She saw a variety of shows on tour in Australia, and had the chance to work as the Deaf Consultant for the first interpreted performance of Wicked in Perth in 2011. Alexandra's love of music and theatre has stayed with her, and is one of the reasons she moved to London three years ago. She has seen the spectrum of theatre, though musicals remain a firm favourite.

A qualified Assessor, Teacher and Trainee Translator, Alexandra is committed to interpreter development and standards.  She is Theatresign’s Training and Development Coordinator, responsible for the administration of the training courses, whilst also working as an assessor, trainer and mentor.
To get in touch with the trainers, email training@theatresign.com.

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