‘Once upon a time’ is the third in the series of workshops specifically designed for educational staff (ES) who interpret using Auslan in classrooms. It was run in partnership between VDEI and ASLIA (Vic) on Friday 7 September 2012 at the Bendigo Deaf Facility and on Saturday 8 September 2012 at the VDEI Learning Centre in Melbourne. Presented by Chevoy Sweeney and Alex Jones, it received excellent feedback from participants.
How does one convey a VCE prescribed novel compared to a primary school picture book? How do you accurately represent the array of characters that come in a story? How do you make it clear which of these characters you are portraying? The workshop covered storytelling, role-shifting, tactics to read fingerspelling and interpreting idioms such as ‘two birds with one stone’ and ‘the grass is greener on the other side’.
Chevoy Sweeney works full time as a professional level interpreter in Sydney and has extensive experience working in a wide variety of interpreting contexts. Chevoy also teaches the Auslan/Interpreting programs at TAFE and Macquarie University, works as a mentor at the Deaf Society of NSW and is the president of ASLIA NSW.
Alex Jones is the co-founder and brand ambassador of AI Media. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Alex was recruited to Australia in 1997 by the Australian Theatre of the Deaf and has continued to extend his theatre, film and TV credits while also starting and developing two businesses. Alex was the Director of the critically acclaimed 2005 Deaflympic Games Cultural Festival in Melbourne – the first in the world – and toured Australia with Heads Up! – a theatre-in-education program. Alex has served as an ambassador for the NSW Government’s International Day of People with Disability campaign. Don’t DIS my ABILITY, every year since 2004. He was formerly the Chairperson of the Deafness Forum of Australia over a five-year period.