Sandra is a rising film, TV and theater star who recently appeared in the groundbreaking Broadway production of Deaf West’s Spring Awakening. It’s evident that she is passionate about her craft and she shared her thoughts on the future of ASL in the entertainment industry.
What was your first exposure to Broadway and musical theater and how did it influence you?
I honestly don’t remember exactly how I learned about Broadway & musicals but I grew up with artists – friends & family that loved photography, art, theater and musicals. I grew up knowing plays like Wicked, Rent, Spring Awakening & loved those stories so much…
But to be honest… I never imagined musicals would become one of my strong passions. Of course, I knew I’d be involved with musical theater, once or twice maybe but now, I want to do more. I want to come back on Broadway more often now. Being on Broadway as Wendla has truly changed my life.
Spring Awakening awoke something inside me and now there’s no second guessing or going back to sleep. I am in this all the way. I want to do more.
Did you find it difficult to play the physical embodiment of Wendla, but not the voice (played by Katie Boeck)? Did the two of you do any special bonding exercises?
Not at all! The main purpose of having Katie as my voice is for the hearing patrons. Because they do not know ASL, they’re unable to understand me, thus having Katie as my voice actor. Just like most productions with Deaf actors, there are usually voice actors involved. However, sometimes only captions will be provided instead of voice actors.
The job of the voice actor is to follow the Deaf actor playing the character, making sure they match every delivery base