Access and Ability

The Deaf West Theatre production of "Spring Awakening." Pictured: Treshelle Edmond, Ali Stroker, Amelia Hensley, Lauren Luiz, Kathryn Gallagher, Krysta Rodriguez, and Alexandra Winter.
The Deaf West Theatre production of “Spring Awakening.” Pictured: Treshelle Edmond, Ali Stroker, Amelia Hensley, Lauren Luiz, Kathryn Gallagher, Krysta Rodriguez, and Alexandra Winter.

Deaf and disabled theatre artists have been claiming a place on American stages for their stories and their bodies for some time now. The larger field is—perhaps too slowly, if not too late—recognizing these as the newest fronts in representing full human diversity onstage.