ABOUT A SHOW OF HANDS
A Show of Hands is a Sign Language Interpreting Agency that provides 24-hour quality Sign Language Services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities. Through their vision to provide quality services, Bobbie Jackson and Angelene Fowler established A Show of Hands in 1994.
A Show of Hands can assist you by providing professional Sign Language Interpreters. Our Agency serves the local community by providing services to local businesses, medical/hospital appointments, mental health services, staff meetings, corporations, County, State, and Federal entities, educational settings, concerts, and theaters. All contracted Interpreters adhere to a Code of Professional Conduct set forth by the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and the National Association of the Deaf to ensure all information facilitated during the assignments maintains confidentiality.
In addition to providing Interpreting Services, A Show of Hands offers a variety of Sign Language/Interpreting Workshops to Interpreters and students. We provide training/mentoring with an emphasis on Theatrical Interpreting. A Show of Hands is now expanding our services to include Baby Sign Language Classes from newborn to five years of age.
Angelene truly believes Deaf patrons and consumers are of utmost priority and firmly adheres to RIDs Code of Professional Conduct. Angelene has a passion for interpreting theatre and live concerts. She interprets for The California Musical Theatre, as well as Music Circus, The Broadway Series, The Sacramento Convention Center, and The Memorial Auditorium.
She has had years of training and is this very specialized field and worked with Bobbie Jackson for more than nineteen years, which has enhanced their skills and their styles. Angelene works diligently with theatrical and concert scripts to present the best possible rendition of the performances to the Deaf audience. She established a Theatrical Mentoring Group to share her knowledge and give back to those who share her passion for the theatre.
Angelene has interpreted for a plethora of Broadway Performance Tours and prominent performers like Bette Midler, Bill Cosby, David Copperfield, Smokey Robinson, Dolly Parton, President Bill Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Joan Rivers and the like. Angelene loves spending time with her three children, her sweet little Roxy, enjoys tap dancing, reading a good book, and is an avid Sea Glass Warrior on the beaches of Monterey.
Angelene is a proud member of RID, NAD, NorCRID, and SaVRID.
She currently divides her busy schedule between coordinating Interpreters for A Show of Hands, interpreting in the community, and working with new mentees in the Theatrical Mentorship Program. In addition, Deborah is the team for Theatrical Interpreting for California Musical Theatre, Music Circus, The Broadway Series and other venues. She welcomes this opportunity to embark on a new aspect of interpreting and scheduling. Bringing with her a passion for the Deaf community, sensitivity to the needs of the Deaf and the ADA Law, and a professionalism that translates through her work as both a Manager and Interpreter.
She’s infamously known as the “Interpreter with 50 shades of black.” Deborah’s hobbies include spending time with her family and friends, mentoring, crocheting, and scrapbooking.
Deborah is a proud member of RID and SaVRID.
Bobbie’s expertise lies in Theatrical Interpreting. She has attended more than 100 workshops in an effort to perfect her skills in this specialized area. Bobbie has worked with the National Theatre of the Deaf in both Sacramento and their home base of Hartford, Connecticut. She has interpreted more than 300 plays, concerts, shows, and formal lectures. Bobbie retired from American River College and Sacramento State University, where she served as an American Sign Language Instructor and Interpreter Trainer.
Our community continues to see Bobbie’s hand, her personal touch, in the theatre from her words of wisdom and semantical awareness as she continues to echo to her students and colleagues, “Always go for the meaning!” Bobbie enjoys her semi-retirement with her two dogs as she awaits the next new challenge!