Category: Cast

joeJOE CACACI (about the Director and producing of Movements)

Carol and Ruggles

CAROL SCHNEIDER (about the writer and writing of Movements)

“About sixteen years ago, I went back to college. One of my classes was American History and it was taught by this very …well I thought he was at first…very progressive professor.  The syllabus was “The People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn which tells our major American stories from an untraditional point of view…from the point of view of the masses and often the underdogs.

So in this class, we were asked to choose topics which we would research extensively and then write a term paper on.   We had to first submit a paragraph on this topic for the professor’s approval.

During that same time period, I was working at this ASL school and studying sign language there and I was utterly taken by my Deaf teachers, the culture and completely blown away by the history I was learning about there.

So I decided I wanted to write my term paper on the bringing of Deaf education to America by Laurent Clerc and Thomas Gallaudet, the rise and expansion of their work across America, the subsequent dismantling of it by Alexander Graham Bell, the war on Sign language that ensued and the legislation against Deaf marriage that was proposed by Eugenicists.   Of course this was going to be an overview because it’s a vast topic.   I was very excited because none of this was in any of the American History texts I’d ever seen.

So I handed my proposal in and received it back with, Not applicable to American History!’, scrawled across it.

Essentially, my experience has been that most hearing folks are completely ignorant about this incredible and sometimes shocking piece of American and Civil Rights history.

I wrote the paper despite the teacher’s dismissal and got an A.  But I became obsessed by this story and over the next fourteen years I became a Laurent Clerc/Thomas Gallaudet stalker and I traveled to various libraries and archives  around the country studying them.   They were two remarkable men, revolutionaries really; especially Laurent Clerc whose instincts  and methods regarding the  teacher’s approach to his student were perhaps even more advanced than our modern systems.”

hilHILLARY BAACK (Eliza Boardman, ASL translator) is an actress, writer, and director. After graduating from Wake Forest University’s theatre program, Hillary studied with NYC’s acclaimed The Barrow Group, where she wrote and performed a sold-out run of her one-woman show, ‘Birth Story’. In addition to several plays, including Deaf West’s Flowers for Algernon, and the ABC Diversity Showcase, her TV credits include Law & Order: CI, Dirty Sexy Money, and Switched at Birth. Film credits include What’s Your Sign?, Unspoken, Hollywood Musical!, her own short, You and Me (which she also directed), and The East. Hillary has written several screenplays, which are presently in development.

CANDACE BROECKER (Eliza Voicer, Mistress Stansbury, Marie Clerc, ASL Interpreter & Mentor) Credits include: The Kennedy Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Charlotte Repertory Theatre, Sundance Film Institute. Film: Delta Force III, A Bridge to Silence, Independent film: On the Block. TV:   Law & Order: SVU, Convictions, PBS A Road to Cordoba, Sesame Street. Toured internationally with The National Theatre of Deaf. Candace also regularly interprets theatre on Broadway, and at The New Victory Theater.

JOE CASSIDY (Mr. Wilder, Mr. Raymond, Papa Clerc, Voicing for Thomas Gallaudet & Massieu) is delighted to be a part of this amazing company!  Broadway/NYC: If/Then, Catch Me If You Can; Next to Normal; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; 1776; Show Boat; Les Miserables; Working (Drama Desk Award); Joe Cassidy: Rockstar at 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, The Triad, and Ars Nova; Black Snow; Grind; Encores!; Listen To My Heart; andA Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden.  Regionally, Joe’s worked coast to coast.  TV/Film: Blue Bloods; Elementary; Law & Order; Brando.  Concert Soloist with dozens of symphonies across the US & Canada. Please follow me on Twitter @joecassidynyc and visit