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Wheaton Drama to Offer Sign Language Classes

Learn to communicate in Sign Language. The manual alphabet and number system will be taught within a basic everyday vocabulary approach. Come and immerse yourself in the beautiful language and culture of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community at Wheaton Drama’s Playhouse 111.

Who: All Adults age 18 and up

When: Saturdays, January 25 – February 29, 2020 from 10a-11a

Cost: $60 member / $80 non member (class fees will be used to help offset the costs for having two performances of each show for the 2019/2020 season at Wheaton Drama signed by American Sign Language interpreters)

Note: The class will not run with less than 6 participants. If we do not reach the minimum number of participants by January 23, all those we are registered will be notified and refunded their fee. 

Instructors: Patti Shore Kaden and Gretchen Gannon

Patti Shore Kaden

Sign Language Interpreter and teacher for over 30 years. Patti spends most of her time working in  educational interpreting, supervising interpreter services for DuPage County. Her other interpreting passion can be seen on stage in the theatre and entertainment venues.

Gretchen G Gannon,  B.S., CCLS, instructor, actress

Deaf since birth, Gretchen completed college with a B.S. degree in Growth and Development of Children. As a Certified Child Life Specialist, she has worked over 25 years in a hospital for both deaf/HH and hearing children.   Currently, she cares for a beautiful deaf young adult with Down Syndrome. Gretchen is also a part time ASL instructor at Moraine Valley Community College.  Gretchen has since returned to theatre with hopes to also educate and incorporate deaf culture in the theatrical world.