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HOWIE SEAGO. By: Jacqueline Holland. Early Life. He was born in Tacoma, Washington He was born deaf One of 5 kids Older Brother-Hard of Hearing Older Sister- Normal Hearing Him- Deaf Younger Sister- Normal Hearing Younger Brother- Deaf (Billy Seago). Family. 5 children total

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howie seago

HOWIE SEAGO

By: Jacqueline Holland

early life
Early Life
  • He was born in Tacoma, Washington
  • He was born deaf
  • One of 5 kids
    • Older Brother-Hard of Hearing
    • Older Sister- Normal Hearing
    • Him- Deaf
    • Younger Sister- Normal Hearing
    • Younger Brother- Deaf (Billy Seago)
family
Family
  • 5 children total
  • Mom normal hearing
  • Dad found out at age 21 that he was hard-of-hearing
    • Wanted to join air force and had hearing tested to become a pilot and found out.
growing up
Growing Up
  • He grew up oral,
    • No sign language
    • Mad now, wished he had learned ASL when he was younger
  • Him and his deaf brother, Billy, made up homemade signs and talked to each other
  • His family would always talk and he didn’t know what was going on
high school
High School
  • He had 5 deaf kids at his high school
  • Started learning signs, used Total Communication
    • It was clumsy though, his teacher was just learning it then too
college
College
  • He went to CHUN, California State University North Ridge
  • He got a bachelor’s degree in Psychology
    • He wanted to be a councelor and work with deaf children
      • Helping them and their families accept deafness and be happy.
    • But then acting came along
acting
Acting
  • His mom originally told him he could mime and someone would voice for him
  • Then his roommate, Ted, suggested that he be in a play
  • He started memorizing lines and Ted helped him
acting continued
Acting Continued
  • He joined the National Theatre of The Deaf
  • His first play that he was ever in was “Ajax”
  • Then he was in a few German productions like “The Forest” and “Beyond Silence”
tv appearances
TV Appearances
  • He was in:
    • Hunter, police drama series
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation, tv show
    • The Equalizer, movie
    • Rainbow’s End, children’s show he helped create
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Started Happy Handfuls
    • Toured schools
    • Gave shows to deaf kids
  • He manages the Shared Reading Video Outreach Project
    • Uses videoconferencing technology
    • Encourages deaf and hard of hearing children to become interested in reading and to train their parents and teachers how to read stories in ASL.
accomplishments
Accomplishments
  • He has produced different plays.
  • He has been honored a lot and was a recipient for the Helen Hayes Award,
  • He is a central figure of the American Deaf Community
recently
Recently
  • He has acted, directed, and taught for more than 24 years
  • Now he lives in Washington
  • He’s still acting and frustrated
    • He says Hollywood’s changing,

But isn’t ready and he can’t

Wait

  • He married Lauri Seago