Name: Sabina England
Tell us about you.
I am a filmmaker, playwright and performance artist. I am profoundly deaf and cannot hear but I work with musicians a lot in my projects. I just won a Jury Award at Lady Filmmakers Film Festival in Beverly Hills, California last month for my short sign language poetry film, “Deaf Brown Gurl,” which I wrote, filmed, directed, produced and edited.
Tell us about your current project?
I wrote and created “Allah Earth: The Cycle of Life” which is a solo multimedia performance show with sign language, mime, music, video and movement. I incorporated elements from traditional South Asian dances and Sufi poetry into my show, creating an unique deaf theatrical experience for both deaf and hearing audiences.
Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production?
I am performing “Allah Earth: The Cycle of Life” at New York International Fringe Festival here in New York City. I believe New York City is a great fit because of the rich diversity of so many cultures and communities. My show appeals to everyone, not just for Deaf or brown people, but for anybody who has wondered about the meaning of life and why we are here on Earth.
What’s next for you?
After I am done with New York International Fringe Festival, I will write, direct and produce a short silent narrative film about an undocumented man and deaf woman who fall in love together.
What is the name of the last show you saw?
No Exit, by Jean-Paul Sartre, produced by SATE Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri
Any advice for your peers?
Don’t worry what everyone thinks of you. Just focus on doing what makes you happy and keep going with your dreams. You are here on Earth for yourself, not to please anybody or make others happy.
WHEN: October 21 (7:00pm), October 23 (4:45pm), October 27 (1:15pm)
WHERE: 685 Washington St, New York, NY 10014
Follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Sabina_England/