Chris Dodd performing Deafy at the SummerWorks Performance Festival. Chris wears a white shirt, tan vest and blue tie and is signing animatedly to the audience. Surtitles displayed behind him read "He told me it's true. His friend, Josh, took the driver's test."

Chris Dodd

Chris Dodd is an Edmonton-based Deaf performing artist, playwright, accessibility advocate and Governor General Innovation Award finalist. He is the founder and artistic director of Canada’s national theatre festival dedicated to the Deaf performing arts, SOUND OFF. He is an artistic associate with Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre and is one of their Playwrights in Development. His solo work, “Deafy”, began touring beginning at the Summerworks Performance Festival in 2019 and will be published by Playwrights Canada Press in 2021. Chris holds a degree from the University of Alberta’s Drama program. He was recently the recipient of the Guy Laliberté Prize for innovation and creative leadership by the Canada Council of the Arts.

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