Chris Dodd is an Edmonton-based Deaf performing artist and playwright. He is also the creator and festival director for “SOUND OFF: A Deaf Theatre Festival”, Canada’s first national theatre showcase dedicated to the Deaf performing arts, which is done in collaboration with Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre. He is an Artistic Associate with Workshop West and is one of their Playwrights in Development for the 2017/18 season. Recent writing credits include “Alicia and the Machine” which was commissioned by Concrete Theatre for this year’s Spouts New Play Festival for Kids. Recent performing credits include “Ultrasound” at Theatre Passe Muraille, where he assisted with the creation of the Deaf Artists and Theatres Toolkit (DATT), which is dedicated to engaging Deaf audiences and performers within professional theatres. Chris is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s Drama program and was the first Deaf person to graduate from the program.