Primaries, Caucuses, Gerrymandering, and Other Words I Hope I Don't Have to Interpret
he Presidential campaign is upon us, and it brings with it democracy and democrats, the election and the electoral college, constituents, primaries, the commander-in-chief, and of course, gerrymandering. In short, the election presents unique interpreting challenges from the language of politics. This workshop is for interpreters who believe that if there are people willing to talk or teach about American politics, we should do a super-heroic job interpreting for them. This is a brief, but deep dive into elections, government, the constitution, ideology and parties, and presidential power.
ALEK LEV is an actor, writer, director, and American Sign Language interpreter. He has interpreted in Los Angeles and New York City since 1999, receiving his NIC-Master in 2010 and his Certificates of Interpretation and Transliteration in 2001. He has interpreted for three presidents, two Broadway shows, and one Beatle (Paul). As an actor, Alek has performed with the National Theater of the Deaf and Deaf West Theater, and outside the Deaf community in theaters in New York and Washington D.C. Alek co- stars in the Independent Spirit Award-winning feature film Conventioneers, and is the director, writer, and co-star of the feature-length horror film Ready or Not. From 2010 to 2014, Alek produced new media content for the CBS show How I Met Your Mother.
Alek received interpreting training at the Juilliard program Interpreting for the Theater, film training at New York University's Filmmaking Intensive, and theater training at both The National Theater of the Deaf and Wesleyan University, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater and English and graduated Phi Beta Kappa.