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Learn about Alexandria Wailes, her experience in acting and what she's learned from it. Great tips for hearing filmmakers and deaf professionals involved.

00:0400:46 Where were you born?
00:4601:58 Where was your life experience growing up?
01:5804:05 What was your most meaningful acting experience?
04:0505:29 What about acting on film? What did you get from it?
05:2907:24 Any advice or tips for deaf people who want to get into professional acting?
07:2409:42 Any advice or tips for filmmakers that hear when they are thinking of working with deaf people in their films?
09:4210:48 Alexandria's advice to the Deaf Women in Film Community

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Interviewed by Jules Dameron on behalf of Deaf Women in Film.


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Alexandria Wailes has a BFA in Modern Dance from University of the Arts. She was classically trained in dance from the age of three and since university, has choreographed numerous pieces that combine visual/non-verbal expression with contemporary dance. As a Deaf artist, Ms. Wailes always felt at ease with dance and movement. She discovered early on that the communications of the body, through dance, is universal and defies spoken languages.

In 2008, Ms. Wailes was the choreographer for the artist- Sia- and her music video: SOON WE WILL BE FOUND. 2005 premiered NEITHER YOU NOR I, a piece she co-choreographed and performed for Chashama Summer Festival in NYC. During the summer of 2002, one of her choreographies was featured at Deaf Way 2; LUCID FLIP. Between 1999- 2002 She choreographed a few pieces for MSSD'S Winter Dance Concerts and Gallaudet University's Young Scholars Program.

In addition to being well-versed in dance, her professional credits as an actor include Broadway: BIG RIVER; NY/Regional: MOTHER COURAGE (w. Meryl Streep), FETES DE LA NUIT, PIPPIN, THE WILD BOYS, SLEEPING BEAUTY WAKES, BIG RIVER; Television: LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT, NURSE JACKIE, CONVICTION; Film: ALWAYS CHASING LOVE, FREEDOM IS NOT FREE. Ms Wailes received a 2007 LA Ovation nomination for 'Best Lead Female in a Musical' for SLEEPING BEAUTY WAKES. In her spare time, she's working on original plays, is a teaching artist for drama/movement, teaches ASL and is an educator at several museums in NYC.