County: Snohomish County
Grants for Artists' Progress (GAP) 2023
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Aimee Chou is a Deaf actor, arts administrator, and playwright who pushes the boundaries of Deaf/disabled experiences rarely seen in mainstream storytelling. Aimee’s full-length play AUTOCORRECT THINKS I’M DEAD recently concluded a historic world premiere run at Sound Theatre Company, engaging an unprecedented majority-Deaf team in a mainstream theatre. Other writing credits include MOTHERCLUCKER! (Theatre Battery), HUMANLY POSSIBLE (Deaf Spotlight), and PLUMB CRAZY PIPE DREAM (Deaf Spotlight and RIT/NTID Deaf Performing Arts). As an actor, Aimee’s credits include CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD (Hope Summer Repertory Theatre), KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE (Theatre Battery), GOD OF CARNAGE (Deaf Spotlight), and understudying at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Aimee’s artistic long game is to empower Seattle’s theatre community to build accessibility into its artistry – as a core element, and not a mere afterthought. While directing 50 FLOWERS (by Filipina-American playwright Cherry Pie LaTorre), she and her team displayed both Tagalog and English captions in Deaf Spotlight’s 2023 Short Play Festival. Aimee was part of a founding committee that launched the Making Waves New Works William S. Yellow Robe. Jr Playwright Residency, which centers intersectional writers and launched its inaugural residency cycle last year. Chou is also a recipient of the National Disability Theatre Artist Microgrant. She lives in Lynnwood, WA.
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50 Flowers directed by Aimee Chou, written by Cherry Pie LaTorre. Deaf Spotlight Short Play Festival, 2023. Photo Credit: Jason Tang. From left: actors John Plecher and Monique “MoMo” Holt.
Plumb Crazy Pipe Dream, by Aimee Chou. Hybrid Theatre-Film, 2022. Film still by National Technical Institute for the Deaf and Rochester Institute of Technology. From left: actors Malik Paris and Lakeesha Patterson. Artist credits: Ethan Sinnott (Scenic), Dan Roach (3D Background and Video Editing), Fred Beam (Director).
Autocorrect Thinks I’m Dead by Aimee Chou. Live theatre production at Sound Theatre Company, 2023. Photo Credit: Jason Tang. From left: actors Brittany Rupik, Kai Winchester, and Phelan Conheady. Artist credits: Lighting (Annie Wiegand), Scenic (Ethan Sinnott), Costume (Doris Black), Props (Mia Milling).
Autocorrect Thinks I’m Dead, by Aimee Chou. Live Theatre production at Sound Theatre Company, 2023. Photo Credit: Jason Tang. From left: actors Phelan Conheady, Jessica Kiely, Brittany Rupik, Talasi Haynes, and Kai Winchester. Artist credits: Lighting (Annie Wiegand), Scenic (Ethan Sinnott), Costume (Doris Black), Props (Mia Milling).