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DeafBlind Theater Initiative

ID: 3351
Status: Ongoing
Start date: August 2017
End Date: August 2018


This project will develop models and practices for allowing DeafBlind people to participate in theater as both audience members and actors. Key components include a two-week institute and a short documentary in 2018. During the institute, participants will study immersive theater experiences and ProTactile communication strategies to identify dramatic techniques that accommodate the perceptual needs of DeafBlind people. Working from an adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” by a DeafBlind author, participants will workshop scenes to develop performance prototypes. The project is funded by an ArtWorks grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Taavila-Borsheim, P. (2015, Fall). Return to Walloon Lake. Connotation Press. Retrieved from

Taavila-Borsheim, P. (2016, Spring). Sanding the Hull.  Duende. Retrieved from .

Taavila-Borsheim, P. (2016, Spring).Prospectus.  Alliterati Magazine. Retrieved from

Taavila-Borsheim, P. (2016, Spring).  "Union Square", The Northern Virginia Review, 30th issue.

Taavila-Borsheim, P.(2015, Fall). Two Birds. TAB A Journal of Poetry and Poetics, 3 (4).

Taavila-Borsheim, P., (2015, Fall). Fruit.  Wisconsin Review. Retrieved from

Taavila-Borsheim, P., (2015, Fall). Travel Plans.  Bear River Review. Retrieved from


Taavila-Borsheim, P. (2016, Spring). From car to schwinn and back again. Duende. Retrieved from

Taavila-Borsheim, P. (2016, Spring). Rx: Mother to Children. Alliterati Magazine. Retrieved from

Taavila-Borsheim, P., (2015, Fall). Promises. Ithaca Lit. Retrieved from

Taavila-Borsheim, P., (2015, Fall). Refugees. Ithaca Lit. Retrieved from


Bradbury, J. (2017). Language, Prose Genre, and the Ascendance of Economic Reasoning in Eighteenth-Century Britain. In: J. Jakob Bek-Thomsen and C. Christian Olaf Christiansen, ed., Economic Rationalities: Economic Reasoning as Knowledge and Practice Authority. Springer Studies in Economic Ethics and Philosophy.


Pajka, S. and Nickerson, J. (2017). “Media, Social Changes, and Connections to the Deaf Community” in Media Literacy & Underserved Youth.


Kennedy, Rhea. (2017). Going beyond what is legally required for persons with disabilities. Panel presented at the National Council of Teachers of English CCCC conference. Portland, OR.

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