Peter S. Cook is an internationally reputed Deaf performing artist whose works incorporate American Sign Language, pantomime, storytelling, acting, and movement.
Peter has traveled nationally and internationally to promote ASL Literature. Since 1986, he has been part of Flying Words Project, an ASL poetry troupe that shares the beauty of sign language to Deaf and hearing audiences. He has been a featured performer at numerous storytelling festivals, has appeared in Live from Off Center’s “Words on Mouth” (PBS) and “United States of Poetry” (PBS), and has worked with Deaf storytellers and poets around the world. In 2003, Peter was invited to the White House to perform at the National Book Festival.
When not traveling, Peter stays busy in Chicago running his own video production company, teaching in the ASL-English Interpretation Department at Columbia College, and telling stories to his son.
Alexandria Wailes is an accomplished Deaf actor, director, choreographer, dancer, ASL consultant for both film and Broadway, and a museum educator. She has worked with Deaf West Theatre on multiple productions including Big River, Spring Awakening, Judgment Day, Quid Pro Quo, and Our Town.
In 2004, Alexandria was a Tony honoree recipient for the Broadway revival of “Big River”. In 2007, she received an LA Ovation Award Nomination as Best Lead Female in a Musical for Sleeping Beauty Wakes. In 2018, she performed the National Anthem and "America the Beautiful" alongside P!NK and Leslie Odom Jr. at Super Bowl LII.
Recently, Alexandria has worked as an ASL consultant for both A Quiet Place and Wonderstruck. She is currently the ASL coach for ABC’s Quantico and the Director of Artistic Sign Language for the Broadway revival of Children of a Lesser God.
Mario Hernandez, better known as MannyASL, is a professional ASL storyteller and educator. MannyASL, a Brooklyn native, knows how to instantly establish rapport with children of all ages and make them laugh with his wide eyed antics. He also teaches children and adults how to create stories in ASL, one that combines both motion and emotion; how to develop their interest in sharing ASL stories of their own; how to improve their rhythm and clarity of intent. MannyASL and filmmaker Raymond Luczak developed a DVD titled Manny ASL: Stories in American Sign Language.
MannyASL received his BA and MA degrees in Deaf Studies at Gallaudet University and completed in Sign Language Education. Currently, he teaches ASL at the Catholic University of America and provides advanced workshops in ASL storytelling for children and adults. His motto is “storytelling ignites the power of knowledge.” He lives in Washington DC with his family.