Jules Dameron & Joshua Castille


IN RESIDENCE: February 6 – 19, 2024

“What is Emily Drawing?” Emily, a profoundly deaf teen, keeps handing out drawings of people and things. Her communication style is different from teens her age. What exactly is she getting at?

No one knows, they just smile and nod and think .maybe she will leave us alone? That style doesn’t work for Pettito, a new teacher’s aide who is hard of hearing. Pettito sees Emily through the lens of her own insecurities; a lazy deaf person who doesn’t focus. Throughout Pettito’s journey of getting Emily up to speed, she learns about herself and Emily’s true experience. Join us to figure out what it is that Emily is truly drawing.

Joshua Castille is a Deaf performance artist based in Chicago. Favorite Credits: Spring Awakening (Ernst, Broadway), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Quasimodo, 5th Ave), Romeo and Juliet (Romeo, American Player’s Theatre & ACT Theatre). Recently seen in the Fox anthology series Accused. Josh strives to form meaningful collaborations that explore the boundaries of art. He has worked on various projects in different roles including ASL master, director, actor, set designer, and more. Amidst
the adrenaline rushes, he harbors the humility of knowing that no matter how you communicate, you have a voice to be heard. Joshua is repped by KMR & Associates. joshuacastille.com

Jules Dameron (he/him) is a deaf trans and gay film & theatre director, actor & writer, with a B.A. in TV/Cinema from Gallaudet University (’03) and an MFA in Film Production/Directing from USC (’09). Among the highlights on Jules’ resume are directing “Møkkakaffe” a 7-episode series in Norway for NRK, and a series of ASL videos for Sesame Street. Jules’ latest endeavors have involved directing NYDT’s “Maple & Vine,” Joey Caverly & Andrew Morrill’s “Trash” and DAT’s “The Laramie Project.” Jules has also performed various roles in shows like Romeo and JulietRocky Horror Picture Show, Lés Miserables, and even performed at the Lincoln Center for “Company” as Harry. Jules aspires to pave the way for more authentic representation in the media.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts, and National Endowment for the Arts. A.R.T./New York’s NYC Small Theatres Fund made possible with support from the Howard Gilman Foundation & support for ASL interpretation provided in part through funding from Access A.R.T./New York.

ACCESS: IRT is a fully wheelchair-accessible facility. Please reach out to Kori Rushton if you have any accessibility questions or concerns, krushton@irttheater.org