Written by and directed by Anna Wood-Jacobowitz
About the Author
Hailing from Maryland, Anna Wood-Jacobowitz considers herself devoted to two things in this world: storytelling and her love of animals. In the mornings as a child, she would recount the stories of her dreams to her family, and jot them down as play or movie ideas. When in high school, Anna grew her love of theatre when she wrote a stage adaptation of the Disney movie Frozen, and directed the school production. As a Gallaudet student, Anna has been involved with every theatrical production, either as an actor or as part of the production team. She also interned at Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C. as a casting intern. In 2020, her original script, Deafenstein, was chosen to be NTD’s Mainstage Production for the Oiol Festival, and has since been focused on the growth of the vision with every pivot along the way!
A collaboration between NTD, CDT, and Gallaudet University
A co-production of
With the generous support of three coproducers, art was able to thrive in the middle of a pandemic. National Theatre of the Deaf, Connecticut Deaf Theatre, and Gallaudet University Theatre Arts and Dance Program obtained approval from the Gallaudet Health Advisory group and the District of Columbia government to arrange an isolated bubble production environment for our actors, interns, and guest artists to stay on campus safely for 5 weeks. Designed to follow COVID-19 regulations and expectations emulated from professional theatre and film companies, we were able to bring Deafenstein to life on stage!
The cast & team of the Deafenstein bubble
Wardrobe and Makeup Intern
Assistant Stage Manager Intern
English Master Intern
Marketing and Film Intern
Design and Film Intern
Leslie Nevon Holden
Director and Playwright
Associate Director and Choreographer
Assistant Stage Manager
Costume Designer and NTD Producing Theatre Director
Gallaudet Faculty Advisor and Lighting Designer
Director of Photography
Set Designer and Carpenter
Theatre and Dance Program Director and Public Health and Safety Liaison
Voice Actor 1
Voice Actor 2
Voice Actor 3
Leslie Nevon Holden
Voice Actor 4
Projection Animator and Artist
Great theatre is only as great as the team making it happen.
A Pre-Pandemic Photoshoot
Before the pandemic brought the whole country to a standstill, we managed to establish an amazing show art photoshoot with an incredible team! With the expertise of deaf photographer Gideon Samara, deaf make-up artist Emily Kieffer, and deaf model Lyn Russell, we were able to bring the Deafenstein vision to life. With the power of blue make-up, prosthetics, and a touch of patience, an unforgettable image was born.
Thank you to the photoshoot team; we could not have done this without you!
Then the world changed…
In June 2020, NTD pulled together a fantastic team of 12 talented artists who defied the constraints of the global pandemic and conducted the first workshop of Deafenstein, virtually! Without this creative team and cast and their dedication to pushing forward the work of our theatre, Deafenstein would not be where it is today.
After a three-week rehearsal period, the virtual workshop was recorded and edited, in preparation for its private release at our virtual fundraiser. With the support of our donors and NTD supporters, we were able to raise funds that made the next production of Deafenstein a reality!