UWM Sign Language Students Tackle A New Challenge: Interpreting Live Theater

This week, a new collaboration between two UW-Milwaukee programs is taking the stage. Students in UWM’s unique American Sign Language program are providing live interpretation at a UWM student theater production — a first for the school.

The ASL students are training for careers as interpreters for deaf and hard-of-hearing people. By the time they enter UWM’s interpreter training pathway, the students are juniors who have completed at least six ASL courses. Program Coordinator Pam Conine says she tries to challenge the students in new ways to get them “comfortable with being uncomfortable.”

“Theater is a wonderful avenue to push them outside their comfort zones,” Conine said.

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