Luane Davis Haggerty
Luane Davis Haggerty is co-founder of the Interborough Repertory Theater (IRT), a NYC non-profit AEA Company dedicated to inclusion and outreach. IRT is member of The Alliance of Resident Theatres in New York and has been given awards and grants for their work. She is a Senior Lecturer at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology in the department of Creative and Cultural Studies. Over the past 16 years here she has directed several of NTID'S most popular productions. Her unique way of pairing Deaf and hearing actors, called Del-Sign, has been featured in peer reviewed journals such as JADARA and in the Chronicle of Higher Education. She recently presented at the Shakespeare Theater Association Conference and has been asked to give a TED talk on this work. Her direction has had critical attention with awards. Emperor Jones (produced at NTID and toured to NYC) won the Off Off Broadway Review Award and recently, A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Rochester Shakespeare Players won CITY newspaper’s “Most Popular Local Theatrical Production” award.
As an actor her regional and stock credits range from Shakespeare to Sondheim. She has won a Conde Nast #1 rating as a headliner on the American Queen, sharing the stage with Donald O'Connor and Renee Fleming. As a writer, she is a member of the Dramatists Guild and has had 15 plays produced, most notably her play Windows of the Soul which was nominated for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.
Educator and director Luanne Davis Haggerty directs a musical with a Deaf and hearing cast and considers how the rehearsal room creates and reveals forms of Deaf leadership.
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Director and educator Luane Davis Haggerty reflects on how prioritizing movement as a form of communication encouraged diversity and intersectionality in her New York City summer classroom.