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Danny McDougall, PhD
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Danny began interpreting on stage in 1985. His thirty-five years experience shadow interpreting on stage spans over 100 theatre productions. He has toured nationally with a comedian, and occasionally acts without interpreting.

Danny has enjoyed a varied career in the nonprofit sector, including positions at Deaf CAN!, the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, and City Connect Detroit. A graduate of the Sign Language Studies program at Madonna University, Dan is a nationally certified interpreter (Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf – CSC) with a broad range of off-stage interpreting experience.

Danny returned to Madonna University in 2007 as the chairperson of the Sign Language Studies department. He is the author of all content on Terptheatre.com, and he designs and maintains the technical aspects of all of TerpTheatre’s website and blogs—which have been quoted in media and academic articles. Terptheatre.com is the first online resource dedicated to theatre interpreting: our first posts go back to 1998.

TerpTheatre co-produced Police Deaf Near Far with Oakland University in October 2012. Read the review of PDNF on Broadwayworld.com HERE.

Danny’s PhD research explored the production of space by sign language interpreters in the theatre (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland). Previously, he completed his PhD coursework in the Department of Interpretation and Translation at Gallaudet University.

Read about Danny in this article in Between The Lines.

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On Stage Production Credits

The following is a (somewhat) complete list of on-stage performance credits for Dr. Danny—productions where he was one of the interpreters. This list does not include ASL coach credits. Unless otherwise noted, two performances of each production where interpreted.

ProductionProduction CompanyStyle / Notes
We Won’t Pay, We Won’t PayThe Attic Theatre
Detroit, Michigan
Shadowed
1940s Radio HourThe Attic Theatre
Detroit, Michigan
Shadowed
A Christmas CarolToledo Repertoire Theatre
Toledo, Ohio
Placed
As IsToledo Repertoire Theatre
Toledo, Ohio
Placed
On The VergeToledo Repertoire Theatre
Toledo, Ohio
Placed
The Man of LaManchaToledo Repertoire Theatre
Toledo, Ohio
Placed
Children of a Lessor GodUniversity of Windsor
Windsor, Ontario
Placed
The Miracle WorkerThe Bonstelle Theatre
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan
Shadowed
Embedded into all 11 performances.
TranslationsHilberry Theatre
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan
Shadowed
Embedded into all 23 performances.
Singin’ In The RainDownriver Youth Performing Arts Center
Trenton, Michigan
Shadowed
A Christmas CarolDownriver Youth Performing Arts Center
Trenton, Michigan
Shadowed
To Kill A MockingBirdMatrix Theatre Company
Detroit, Michigan
Shadowed
Alice in WonderlandWild Swan Theater
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Shadowed
Embedded into all of 12 performances.
The FireBirdWild Swan Theater
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Shadowed
Two productions.
Embedded into all of 12 performances.
The NightingaleWild Swan Theater
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Shadowed
Embedded into all of 12 performances.
Wind in the WillowsWild Swan Theater
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Shadowed
Embedded into all of 12 performances.
PinocchioWild Swan Theater
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Shadowed
Embedded into all of 12 performances.
Winnie the PoohWild Swan Theater
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Shadowed
Two productions.
Embedded into all of 12 performances.
Charlotte’s WebWild Swan Theater
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Shadowed
Two productions.
Embedded into all
performances – 12 in one production; 42 in the other.
Myths, Masks and MagicWild Swan Theater
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Shadowed
Embedded into all of 12 performances.
A Thousand CranesWild Swan Theater
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Shadowed
Embedded into all of 12 performances.
Ancient EchosWild Swan Theater
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Shadowed
Two productions.
Embedded into all
performances – 12 in one production; 42 in the other.
Rainbow CrowWild Swan Theater
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Shadowed
Embedded into all of 12 performances.
The Cricket in Times SquareWild Swan Theater
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Shadowed
Two productions.
Embedded into all
performances – 12 in one production; 42 in the other.
GypsyOakland University
Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Rochester, Michigan
Placed
ShivareeOakland University
Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Rochester, Michigan
Placed
Rock & Roll LysistrataOakland University
Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Rochester, Michigan
Zoned
GondoliersOakland University
Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Rochester, Michigan
Shadowed
You Can’t Take It With YouOakland University
Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Rochester, Michigan
Zoned
SuburbiaOakland University
Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Rochester, Michigan
Shadowed
CabaretOakland University
Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Rochester, Michigan
Shadowed
Romeo and JulietOakland University
Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Rochester, Michigan
Shadowed
And Neither Have I Wings To FlyOakland University
Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Rochester, Michigan
Shadowed
Lucky StiffOakland University
Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Rochester, Michigan
Shadowed
PicnicOakland University
Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Rochester, Michigan
Shadowed
ZastrozziOakland University
Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Rochester, Michigan
Shadowed
Into The WoodsOakland University
Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Rochester, Michigan
Shadowed
UrinetownOakland University
Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Rochester, Michigan
Shadowed
Drat, The Cat!Oakland University
Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Rochester, Michigan
Shadowed
The Little PrinceOakland University
Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Rochester, Michigan
Shadowed
CompanyOakland University
Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Rochester, Michigan
Shadowed
Police Deaf Near FarOakland University
Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Rochester, Michigan
Shadowed
Embedded into all of 14 performances
The Merry Wives of WindsorMeadow Brook Theatre
Rochester, Michigan
Placed
A Christmas CarolMeadow Brook Theatre
Rochester, Michigan
Placed
(1998-2001)
Having Our SayMeadow Brook Theatre
Rochester, Michigan
Placed
Scotland RoadMeadow Brook Theatre
Rochester, Michigan
Placed
The Rocky Horror Picture ShowMeadow Brook Theatre
Rochester, Michigan
Shadowed
Dangerous ObsessionMeadow Brook Theatre
Rochester, Michigan
Placed
All My SonsMeadow Brook Theatre
Rochester, Michigan
Placed
Arabian NightsMeadow Brook Theatre
Rochester, Michigan
Shadowed
Dancing At LughnasaMeadow Brook Theatre
Rochester, Michigan
Placed
Little Shop of HorrorsMeadow Brook Theatre
Rochester, Michigan
Zoned
ArtMeadow Brook Theatre
Rochester, Michigan
Placed
And Then They Came For MeMeadow Brook Theatre
Rochester, Michigan
Shadowed
Light Up The SkyStagecrafters Baldwin Theatre
Royal Oak, Michigan
Placed
Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatStagecrafters Baldwin Theatre
Royal Oak, Michigan
Shadowed
DraculaStagecrafters Baldwin Theatre
Royal Oak, Michigan
Placed
CinderellaStagecrafters Baldwin Theatre
Royal Oak, Michigan
Shadowed
Barefoot In The ParkStagecrafters Baldwin Theatre
Royal Oak, Michigan
Placed
The King and IStagecrafters Baldwin Theatre
Royal Oak, Michigan
Shadowed
GreaseStagecrafters Baldwin Theatre
Royal Oak, Michigan
Shadowed
Noises OffStagecrafters Baldwin Theatre
Royal Oak, Michigan
Shadowed
Damn YankeesStagecrafters Baldwin Theatre
Royal Oak, Michigan
Shadowed
The Sisters RosensweigStagecrafters Baldwin Theatre
Royal Oak, Michigan
Shadowed
Our TownStagecrafters Baldwin Theatre
Royal Oak, Michigan
Shadowed
A Christmas StoryStagecrafters Baldwin Theatre
Royal Oak, Michigan
Shadowed
The Importance Of Being EarnestStagecrafters Baldwin Theatre
Royal Oak, Michigan
Shadowed
The Secret GardenStagecrafters Baldwin Theatre
Royal Oak, Michigan
Shadowed
PippinStagecrafters Baldwin Theatre
Royal Oak, Michigan
Shadowed
RagtimeStagecrafters Baldwin Theatre
Royal Oak, Michigan
Shadowed
Beauty And The BeastStagecrafters Baldwin Theatre
Royal Oak, Michigan
Shadowed
RENTNational Tour
Detroit, Michigan
Placed
GreaseNational Tour
Detroit, Michigan
Placed
Damn YankeesNational Tour
Detroit, Michigan
Placed
Phantom Of The OperaNational Tour
Detroit, Michigan
Placed
Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatNational Tour
Detroit, Michigan
Placed
Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da FunkNational Tour
Detroit, Michigan
Placed
The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life In The UniverseNational Tour
Detroit, Michigan
Placed
EvitaNational Tour
Detroit, Michigan
Placed
Fiddler On The RoofNational Tour
Detroit, Michigan
2000
Placed
AidaNational Tour
Detroit, Michigan
2002
Placed
Mama MiaNational Tour
Detroit, Michigan
2003
Placed
Thoroughly Modern MillieNational Tour
Detroit, Michigan
2004
Placed
The Lion KingNational Tour
Detroit, Michigan
2007
Placed
WickedNational Tour
Detroit, Michigan
2008
Placed
Legally BlondeNational Tour
Detroit, Michigan
2009
Placed
David BlaneOrchestra Hall
Detroit, Michigan
2014
Placed
Dennis MillerOrchestra Hall
Detroit, Michigan
2015
Placed
Les MiserablesBloomfield Hills Schools
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
2016
Placed

Special Event Interpreting

2003 National Convention of
the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

Opening Ceremony
Selections from the musical Chicago, performed by Amy Armstrong and Company and shadow interpreted by Danny McDougall, Brooke Macnamara, and Kim Willett.

Stand-Up Comedy

Three-year national tour with professional comedian – “Steve O”
Numerous performances in partnership with Steve O (not from Jackass) in comedy clubs throughout the United States.

Other Theatre Credits
[ acting & production roles ]

ProductionRoleProduction Company
Police Deaf Near FarCo-Producer with Oakland UniversityTerpTheatre and
Oakland University
Department of Music, Theatre and Dance
Rochester, Michigan
Film Craft Labs Flix Festival Promotional FilmPerformer / TranslatorGrace & Wild
Farmington Hills, Michigan
Angels in America: Millenium ApproachesRole: Joe PittOur Time Productions
Detroit, Michigan
A Thousand CranesRole: KenjiWild Swan Theater
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Charlotte’s WebRole: AveryWild Swan Theater
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Noises OffAssistant DirectorStagecrafters Baldwin Theatre
Royal Oak, Michigan
Six Degrees of SeparationRole: Trent ConwayStagecrafters Baldwin Theatre
Royal Oak, Michigan

Awards

Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities, 2013—2015
Madonna University, College of Humanities

Distinguished Community Service Award, 2011
Oakland University, Department of Music, Theatre and Dance
[ View Article ]

Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2005
Madonna University
In recognition for excellence in the field of theatre interpreting

Progressive Hero Award, 1999
Metro Times Newspaper
[ View Article ]

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