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 Counseling 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
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
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.