The American Theatre Wing is pleased to announce that we are a winner of a 37th Annual Telly Award for our Sign Language Theatre episode of our documentary series “Working in the Theatre.” Our work has been recognized with a Silver Telly Award, the highest honor possible.

Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and web commercials, videos and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.

This year’s Winners include companies, agencies and organizations of all sizes, from large multinational media companies to small ad agencies and local production houses including Bloomberg, CBS Interactive, ESPN, HBO,  HuffPost,  The Guardian, The History Channel, Time Warner, Viacom, WSJ, and THE AMERICAN THEATRE WING.

The judges rate each entry on a 10-point scale. Generally, entries with a score from our judges of 9.0 or higher are awarded a “Silver Telly” statuette, our highest honor. Entries with an average score of 7.0 to 8.9 from our judges are awarded a “Bronze Telly” statuette for outstanding achievement. Entries do not compete against each other. Rather, they compete against a high standard of excellence. Based on the ratio of winners over the past several years, approximately 7% of entrants are chosen as Silver Telly Award winners.

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Sign Language theatre has come to the forefront of commercial theatre through a production of Spring Awakening on Broadway. However, from the days of Charlie Chaplin films to the work at National Theatre of the Deaf and Gallaudet University, deaf actors and creative team members have produced some of the most incredible theatrical experiences. Follow members of the cast of Spring Awakening, Gallaudet University, and more as we explore the creative process, the history, and the joy that comes from sign language theatre. Please enjoy our award winning episode.