Exclusive interviews with contemporary newsmakers                  

Howie Seago
Actor and advocate

One of the finest actors working today, Deaf or hearing, Howie Seago is noted for the poetic intensity and emotive power of his ASL performances. He has taken ASL roles in “Hearing” productions, adding a fresh dimension of artistry in language and motion.

Those who have had the pleasure of working with him can attest to his professionalism, warmth, unpretentious kindness, commitment to excellence, and advocacy for other Deaf performers. He is still remembered for his title role of Ajax in Peter Sellars’ 1986 production, which gained him international recognition. As Artist-in-Residence, he taught Performing Arts courses (such as Sign Mime) at NTID, then went on to several guest-starring TV-drama roles—notably in Star Trek: the Next Generation, Hunter, and The Equalizer.

He co-starred with French Deaf actress Emmanuelle Laborit in Jenseits der Stille (Beyond Silence, 1996), playing a Deaf man whose hearing daughter, an aspiring clarinetist, becomes cozy with his hearing sister, a professional clarinetist—the sister who got preferential treatment when they were children, to his resentment. Jenseits was nominated for a “Best Foreign Film” Oscar. Howie later joked about getting out of a limousine on Oscars Night, noticing that the blinding lightning-flashes of press cameras that typically greet Hollywood stars as they emerge into the public eye were stilled.

Since 1998, he has directed the Shared Reading Video Outreach Project, under the auspices of Washington School for the Deaf, which uses videoconferencing technology to give deaf children in remote school districts throughout the state a chance to interact with Deaf tutors and other Deaf children, to improve their literacy and communicative skills.

Taking a 3-month break from the SRVOP, he appeared in the Intiman Playhouse’s production of Thornton Wilder’s nutty dark comedy, The Skin of Our Teeth (April 28-June 2, 2007). Significantly, it was directed by Bartlett Sher, who also performed in Sellars’ production of Ajax. When planning his new production of Teeth, Sher knew whom he wanted for the lead role—he never considered anyone else. Howie’s performance was described by critics as “titanic” and “moving.”

He has also continued to do standup comedy, conducting acting and creative-ASL workshops, teaching acting courses for Deaf people, directing the Deaf Teen Leadership Camp, and will soon be resuming a favorite interest—directing local ASL productions. His wife, Lori, teaches Deaf high-school students. Their two sons, Ryan and Kyle, are grown.

Deaf Person of the Year
Robert Davila
John Yeh
Luke Adams
Robert Davila
John Yeh
Luke Adams
Deaf Person of the Month: archives 2017
January 2017
February 2017
March 2017
April 2017
May 2017
June 2017
July 2017
August 2017
September 2017
October 2017
November 2017
December 2017
Deaf Person of the Month: archives 2016
January 2016
February 2016
March 2016
April 2016
May 2016
June 2016
July 2016
August 2016
September 2016
October 2016
November 2016
December 2016
Deaf Person of the Month: archives 2015
January 2015
February 2015
March 2015
April 2015
May 2015
June 2015
July 2015
August 2015
September 2015
October 2015
November 2015
December 2015
Deaf Person of the Month: archives 2014
January 2014
February 2014
March 2014
April 2014
May 2014
June 2014
July 2014
August 2014
September 2014
October 2014
November 2014
December 2014
Deaf Person of the Month: archives 2013
January 2013
February 2013
March 2013
April 2013
May 2013
June 2013
John Yeh
July 2013
August 2013
September 2013
October 2013
November 2013
December 2013
Deaf Person of the Month: archives 2012
January 2012
February 2012
March 2012
April 2012
May 2012
June 2012
John Yeh
July 2012
August 2012
September 2012
October 2012
November 2012
December 2012
Deaf Person of the Month: archives 2011
January 2011
February 2011
March 2011
April 2011
May 2011
June 2011
John Yeh
July 2011
August 2011
September 2011
October 2011
November 2011
December 2011
Deaf Person of the Month: archives 2010
January 2010
February 2010
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010
June 2010
John Yeh
July 2010
August 2010
September 2010
October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
Deaf Person of the Month: archives 2009
January 2009
February 2009
March 2009
April 2009
May 2009
June 2009
John Yeh
July 2009
August 2009
September 2009
October 2009
November 2009
December 2009
Deaf Person of the Month: archives 2008
January 2008
February 2008
March 2008
April 2008
May 2008
June 2008
Robert Davila
Kevin Frost
Ed Bosson
Leon Lim
John Yeh
Marlee Matin
July 2008
August 2008
September 2008
October 2008
November 2008
December 2008
Deaf Person of the Month: archives 2007
January 2007
February 2007
March 2007
April 2007
May 2007
June 2007
Robert R. Davila
Lizzie Sorkin
E. Lynn Jacobowitz
Joey Baer
Donald Tinsley, Sr.
Howie Seago
July 2007
August 2007
September 2007
October 2007
November 2007
December 2007
Bernard Bragg
Alice Hagemeyer
Carole Lazorisak
Ben Soukup
Tony Saccente
Fred Beam

Any questions, comments, ideas, or concerns you’d like to share?  Contact us at editor@deafpeople.com.
Copyright © 2007 - 2017 MSM Productions Ltd. All Rights Reserved.