Siena Rafter (they/them)
Working as an assistant to Alexandria Wailes is truly a dream come true. Over the past several years, people have often asked me what it is we do.
I tell them that our system is most similar to that of a director and a choreographer. We artistically design American Sign Language, and curate it with dramaturgical accuracy and care. For years now, I have been witness to the issues expressed by Alexandria. It’s imperative that hearing artists (myself included) understand that perspectives like Alexandria's are the most important presence in any room implementing ASL and/or Deaf talent. Deaf talent and bodies must be at the helm of this movement, always. As a hearing person, I aim to always be an ally and forever remain aware and cautious of the amount of space I occupy in this movement.
Siena is a proud graduate of LaGuardia High School’s Drama program and Brown University’s Theater Arts class of 2020. Broadway: Sam Gold's King Lear starring Glenda Jackson (ASL team), Children of a Lesser God (Assistant Director to Kenny Leon).
As an actor: Off-Broadway/ Lincoln Center: Liz Swados' Runaways (City Center's Encores, Off-Center), Deep Blue Sea (Bill T Jones at the Park Avenue Armory), American Song Book Series. The Public Theater/Delacorte: Twelfth Night (written by Shaina Taub), Runaways, For the Love of Vinyl (Joe's Pub), From Hair to Hamilton...Gala '17. TV/Webseries: HBO's Crashing, Don't Shoot the Messenger, and Scholastic's Dear America series.