ASL Cabaret

Starring Catalene Sacchetti, Terrylene, Troy Kotsur, Shaheem Royal Sanchez & Jennifer Eagle HipHop, Mona Jean Cedar, Tyrone Oraguzie, & MORE TO COME!


ASL Cabaret


We are excited to bring Terrylene back to The Fountain Theatre especially with Steven directing Arrival & Departure with Troy!

Terrylene performed in “Sweet Nothing in My Ear” at The Fountain Theatre and also Deaf West’s “Street Car Named Desire” with Troy which he garnered nominations for Best Actor in Leading Role by LA Drama Critics Awards. It will be a nice reunion. Catalene is her daughter who recently had a lead role in Stepchild: A New Musical Produced by IRT Theatre

ASL Cabaret @ The Fountain Theatre invites you to join us on Saturday, August 25th from 4-6 pmfor a Celebration of Deaf Talent & ASL Artists! HipHop, Storytelling, Poetry, Dance  and more artists TBA! Featured Artist ASL Poet & Actress Terrylene. Catalene Sacchetti performing “Dream in Sign” from Stepchild: A New Musical. Special Guest Troy Kotsur from Stephen Sach’s “Arrival & Departure” also at The Fountain Theatre. Performance Accessible ASL & English. Advance purchase recommended limited seating!

– Terrylene: ASL Poet “Make Dreams Great Again”
– Catalene Sacchetti: “Dream in Sign” from Stepchild: A New Musical with Vocals Kristina Meyering and Live Accompaniment
– Troy Kotsur
– Shaheem Royal Sanchez & Jennifer Eagle HipHop
– Mona Jean Cedar: Slam Poetry with Music
– Tyrone Oraguzie: Comedy Sketch



SIGNmation is the creation of Jo-Ann Dean.  It is a Company registered in California that was formulated to provide a diverse, comprehensive and most of all, inclusively accessible platform for conceiving, formulating, producing, advocating and delivering a broad spectrum of entertainment content. SIGNmationfocuses particularly on screen, stage, music, performing and visual arts for, about, sponsored and/or made by the deaf entertainment community. The history and experience of Ms. Dean provides her a depth of first-hand knowledge and understanding in the Arts & Entertainment industry that demonstrates a wealth of accomplishments, passion and activism in a large spectrum. Caption This!  produced under SIGNmation is an MTV format cable series with an archival history of ten years spanning the premiere of Deaf West Theatre in Los Angeles, Oscar winner Marlee Matlin’s Reasonable Doubts, Media Access Awards, Baywatch, Cirque De Soleil, Emmy winning “Love is Never Silent,” Julianna Fjeld who won Best Director along with Tony Award winning actress Phyllis Frelich.

Her interest and connection with the Deaf community arose back in High School as a student volunteering at Lexington School for the Deaf in Queens, NY.  She grew up in a family and generation that believed “children should be seen and not heard.” The bond Dean forged with Deaf teens that were her peers, arose from a realization “one actually does not have to be deaf to not hear or be heard.”  She then moved to the Los Angeles community where completed graduate studies in Deaf Education. She has collected certifications in Deaf Education and ASL interpreting fields.  She has been at the vanguard of infusing emerging technologies into various creative podiums for the propagation of content and services for the Deaf, all the while strengthening her reputation and respect in the education, entertainment and advocacy aspects for the Deaf.

Over the last twenty plus years, Jo-Ann has taught, sponsored, and volunteered within the Los Angeles School District and internationally in numerous governmental and non-profit organizations. She has participated in numerous studies for those concerning equal access and provided services as a Counselor working in interventions.  Ms. Dean has credits as a Producer, Director, Editor, Scriptwriter, Actor, Screenwriter, Creative Consultant, Project Leader & Coordinator, Moderator, Panelist, Teacher / Instructor, Interpreter, and Fundraiser / Volunteer.  As a Grant Writer, Jo-Ann has been appropriated several millions of dollars from federal, state, local (e.g., Los Angeles Unified School District), private and public organizations including the California Charter Schools, US Department of Education and Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Grants.  She sat as a Board Member and Secretary of the now defunct Deaf Entertainment Foundation upon its inception in the 90s and is presently a Member of the Ad Hoc Executive Team formulating the successor organization, the Deaf Talent Guild that will embrace and act as a conduit all performers from the Deaf community in association with Screen Actors Guild & AFTRA. In addition, she is a Member of Women in Film and Deaf Women in Film.  Historically, she wrote letters of federal funding for performing arts in education as a liaison with Deaf West Theater (Producers of the Broadway Hit, “Spring Awakening”), Deaf Jam Documentary, Deaf Arts Council and Deaf Entertainment Foundation.

She has worked for and with Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award-Winning Artists and Productions. She has had a presence in the Deaf Community as an Educator, Advocate and Producer for more than three decades.  Along with having Co-Chaired Membership for Women in Film Membership at the Sundance Film Festival, she has worked internationally in the Entertainment and Deaf Produced genres.  Her list of accomplishments and accolades are too numerous to list in their entirety here but they include:

  • Host Deaf Women in Film (DWIF) 5th Year Anniversary Networking Event with Amanda McDonough and Jules Dameron.
  • Panelist New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) @JCC Manhattan “Make Your Film Accessible to All.”
  • Sony Open Caption Screening “Grandma” & Panel Discussion w/Paul Weitz & Kat Kramer, #Deaf Talent Troy Kotsur and Jevon Whetter: Producer
  • Creative Accessible Media & Content, Co-Founder with Katharine “Kat” Kramer
  • My Hero Media Access Panel:  Deaf Talent in Film, Media & Music: Producer
  • ASL Cabaret: Monthly Live Performance Art Series: Co-founder & Producer
  • Deaf Performing Arts Network (D-PAN) ASL & Music in Schools with Sean Forbes: Consultant
  • Caption This! Content Creator and Producer Cable Series
  • Deaf Jam Documentary: ASL Consultant to Director Judy Lieff
  • Winner: Best Narrative Short: My Hero Project International Film Festival
  • Beggars & Choosers Musical: Casting Deaf Talent & ASL Master/Consultant
  • Interpreting for Broadway: The Julliard & Theatre Development Fund: Awardee
  • ASL Media Project & Digital Imaging Studio, US Department of Education Federal Grant: $250,000.00: Grant Writer/Director
  • Emergency Communications & Media Technical Grant: 5 million LA Mayor’s Office Marlton School: Grant Writer
  • Women in Film Mentoring Circle: Awardee: Executive Mentorship
  • Winner: Women in Film, PSA Production Grant, Shadow Hills Riding Club
  • Winner: WIF PSA Production: Saddles for Soldiers: Shadow Hills Riding Club
  • WIF Screening Series, Women in Film: Event Co-Chair, Kodak Lab, LA
  • WIF Malibu Golf Classic, Women in Film: Co-Chair Malibu, CA
  • SignWorld TV: Board Member, CA
  • The X-Files: Within & Without, Fox Studios, Season 8 Premiere, Technical Consultant
  • The X-Files, Within & Without, Fox Studios, Season 8 Premieres, Featured ASL Actor
  • Winner: Mercedes Benz Mentor of the Year Award, LA Education Awards,
  • ASL Interpreting for Broadway: The Julliard Academy of Performing Arts
  • Winner: Hands On, Take One: ABC Stories, Teacher/Associate Producer, First Place International Broadcasting Award
  • Hollywood Radio and Television Society, International Broadcasting Awards Presentation, Museum of TV and Radio: Recipient/ASL Interpreter/Teacher
  • Video in Classroom Award (VIC) Hands On: Take One! KLCS-TV, LA
  • Winner: I’m Lucky: Best Writing VIC Awards KLCS-TV, Associate Producer
  • Nominee: Governor’s Honorary Award,  Media Access Awards Banquet, CA
  • State of California Governors’ Committee for Employment of Disabled People
  • Winner: Mallorca’s Copper Age, Mallorca, Earthwatch Educator & Student Expedition Grant Recipient
  • Winner: Bing Foundation & Fulfillment Fund Award: Scholarship Recipient, D/HH Teacher /ASL Interpreter, Los Angeles, CA
  • ACE Award Best Local Access Show: Datetime, Continental Cablevision