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Douglas Ridloff is a poet and visual storyteller creating original works in American Sign Language. He has gained national and international recognition, having performed in Jamaica, Cuba, France, Germany, Israel, Australia, the United Kingdom, and in such venues as the Whitney Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Jewish Museum, the 9/11 Memorial Museum, Nelson-Atkins Museum,  SITE Santa Fe, CUNY Graduate Center, the University of Chicago and the Harvard/Radcliffe Institute. Douglas’s work has been featured in NBC News, Circa, HBO, Vice, CNN’s Great Big Story, and at TEDxVienna and TEDxUniGeneva. 


In addition to developing and performing original ASL poetry and narratives, Douglas has been an active promoter of ASL literature. He serves as the executive director of ASL SLAM, a monthly open mic event at the Nuyorican Cafe, whose events amassed an international following when hosted online in 2020-21. 

As another means of promoting ASL to wide audiences, he has worked as an ASL Consultant for film and TV, including programs such as A Quiet Place 1 & 2, Marvel’s Eternals, Saturday Night Live, Hawkeye, and Only Murders in the Building. He is currently working as a Consulting Producer for Marvel’s ECHO.

Selected Poetry / Performance / Events / Workshops


PJ Library, location (performer)  The Story of Purim in ASL



Radcliffe-Harvard Institute (performer, presenter)  Transients: A Poetry Reading and Discussion with Douglas Ridloff



Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City (organizer, host, performer)  Deaf Cultural Festival 



TEDxUniGeneva (performer) Seeing Music

The Jewish Museum, New York City (performer)  Poet Douglas Ridloff Responds to OY/YO & Douglas Ridloff Responds to Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything

Planet Word, Washington, D.C.  (performer)  The Spoken Word

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia (performer, presenter)  The Sophistication of Sign Language Poetry: A Workshop by Douglas Ridloff

Rochester Institute of Technology (performer, presenter) Embodying Theory in the Classroom



TEDxVienna (performer, presenter)  Deaf Poets Society

9/11 Memorial Museum (performer, presenter)

Whitney Museum (curator, performer, presenter) 

Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf, Jamaica, (workshop leader) 

Australia Tour  (performer) Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Townsville, Cairnes, and Perth

Israel Tour Sign (performer) Tel aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa 

Norway Tour (performer, workshop leader) Oslo, Stavanger, Trondheim, Bergan, and Sandefjord 


The Met Museum, Met Signs Tour in ASL: Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence

SITE Santa Fe, (performer)  Moebius Path by Francisca Benitez with Douglas Ridloff

Whitney Museum, (curator, performer, presenter) 

9/11 Memorial Museum (performer) 

The Jewish Museum, New York City (performer, host) ASL SLAM

Columbia College, Chicago (artist in residence) 



LaGuardia Community College, New York City (workshop leader) 

St. Petersburg College Clearwater Campus (workshop leader) 



Northeastern University, Boston (workshop leader) 

Deaf Film Camp: Creative Content Development (workshop leader) 



Douglas Ridloff Live! & The Capital D Show (performer, creative director)

California, Colorado, Connecticut, Chicago, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Boston, Las Vegas, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Miami, Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, Berlin, Reims, Calgary, Lyon, Cuba, Wolverhampton, Jamaica, Helsinki, Niagara Falls, Canada, and Copenhagen..


ASL SLAM, Non-Profit Organization, Board President & Director, 2008-Present                

Film Production | Consulting 


Echo, Marvel Studios, Consulting Producer,  

Only Murders in the Building Season 2, ASL Consultant for Nathan Lane, Selena Gomez, and Joey Caverly



Hawkeye, Marvel Studios, ASL Consultant for Vincent D’Onofrio, Fra Fee, & Alaqua Cox  

Eternals, Marvel Studios, ASL consultant for Chloë Zhao, Lauren Ridloff, Kumail Nanijiani, Lia Mchugh, Brian Tyree Henry, and Barry Keoghan



Only Murders in the Building Season 1, ASL Consultant for Nathan Lane, Olivia Reis, and Joey Caverly

A Quiet Place II, ASL Coach for John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe 



Crying Hands, Teater manu, Oslo, Norway  ASL Consultant 


A Quiet Place, ASL Coach for John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe 

Saturday Night Live, A Kanye Place, ASL Coach for Donald Glover

Saturday Night Live, ASL Coach for Sam Rockwell 



Love Me Now by John Legend, Actor, 2016

Coffee Shop


At First Sign



Sign Gene 


My Crazy Love (2014)

Transients (2011)

Re-Defining D-E-A-F (2008)



CNN: 'CODA' is just one recent film influenced by deaf creators who are changing the industry



Kveller: This Deaf Jewish Dad Taught the Cast of ‘Eternals’ Sign Language 




The Jerusalem Post: ‘Signing is cool’   

Algemeiner: Online Social Network Geared to Deaf, Signing Community Launches in Israel

Israel National News: 80 hearing impaired children celebrate bar, bat mitzvah

Forward: In Israel, There Are Poetry Slams For The Deaf



Poets & Writers: An Explosion of Language:  Publishing American Sign Language Poetry

Poetry Society: The Noblest Gift The Fight To Preserve American Sign Language-Poetry Takes Center Stage 

The Center for the Humanities, CUNY: Publishing American Sign Language Poetry



NBC NEWS: Deaf Poet's Visual Poetry: Creative Storytelling Without Words 

CNN Great Big Story: Spoken Without Words: Poetry with ASL SLAM 

Circa: ASL Slam's 'open hands' event lets the deaf express themselves through poetry 

HuffPost: Meet The Man Bringing Slam Poetry To The Deaf Community



Review Journal: Nevada’s first ASL slam for deaf, hard-of-hearing held in Henderson



Westword: ASL SLAM Provides an Artistic Outlet for Denver's Deaf Community



Hopes&Fears: Internet slang meets American Sign Language



Contently: Slamming for Solidarity



M.S Deaf Education Elementary/Secondary, May 2001, Western Maryland College, Westminster, MD                                            

Graduated with Honors ASLPI (American Sign Language Proficiency Interview)- Score: 5.0/5.0 

B.S. Physical Education May 1999 Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C.

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