San Antonio College and Sorenson Communications will kick off Deaf Awareness week Saturday through Oct. 22 with an interpreting workshop on role shifting.
It will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 15 in the auditorium of McAllister Fine Arts Center.
The workshop is free and a complimentary lunch is provided by Sorenson Communications.
Lauri Metcalf, chair of American Sign Language and interpreter training, said, "This is the first time doing deaf awareness as a formal week long celebration."
Metcalf said the purpose of Deaf Awareness Week is to bring attention to the program and to address misconceptions about deaf people.
"Many people view deaf people as disabled, but they view themselves as a cultural and linguistic minority," Metcalf said.
Hosting the workshop for the second time at this college will be internationally known actor and interpreter educator Anthony Natale.
Natale first knew he wanted to act when "Grease" came out.
At that time, films were not available with closed captions.
He had a pop-up book of the movie and took it with him to watch it.
He has starred in "Mr. Holland's Opus" and a USA network movie "His Bodyguard."
Natale has appeared in several TV series like "Any Day Now," "Once and Again," "Seventh Heaven," "Ellen," "Beauty and the Beast," "Pacific Blues," and "Rude Awakening."
His current work includes teaching American Sign Language translation with Michael Jackson's comeback concert tour, "This Is It."
The workshop is open to all ASL students, interpreters and people of the deaf community, and the workshop will be done in sign language.
Natale is going to teach more than just how to narrate. The workshop offers learning how to become the role of different people.
The workshop will focus on ASL storytelling techniques; develop characters using role shifting, eye gaze and spatial referencing; understand the difference between storytelling, lecturing and interpreting; and discuss dangers, possibilities, benefits and liabilities.
For more information, email Michelle Theiss at Mbecker1@alamo.edu.