Ravi Jain Chats with Dawn Jani Birley

As a Deaf actress, many of the roles Dawn Jani Birley gets offered are for characters specifically written as Deaf. In Theatre Why Not’s production of Prince Hamlet, she plays Horatio, whose deafness is a part of the story but not a defining characteristic. She sat down with the show’s director, Ravi Jain, to talk about rehearsing the play, translating Shakespeare into poetic ASL, and why she left Canada for Finland.


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Jill is a Toronto-based theatre director with a film degree. She is the co-founder of Cue6 Theatre. She directs lots of indie shows, both for Cue6 and for other companies around town, but she still manages to find enough film work to subsidize her love of eating on a regular basis.