​Douglas Ridloff is a poet and visual storyteller creating original works in Sign Language. He is the owner, executive director and host of ASL SLAM  ( a monthly open mic event in NYC that functions as a space for the Deaf community to creatively play with ASL through poetry performances, improv, games and storytelling, often bringing special guests from around the world to perform. As a widely popular platform, ASL SLAM has now been established as a monthly event in Washington DC, Chicago and Orlando with Douglas's visionary and guidance. Recently, Douglas has organized performances at the Whitney Museum, the Jewish Museum, SITE Santa Fe and the 9/11 Memorial Museum, and has traveled to perform his own poetry and to bring ASL SLAM to Deaf communities around the world, including Jamaica, Cuba, Finland, England, Europe, Norway, Israel and Australia.  He has worked as an ASL consultant for film and TV with the likes of John Kraskinsky, Emily Blunt, Sam Rockwell, Donald Glover and Anthony Edwards. Douglas has been featured in NBC NEWS, Circa, HBO Vice, and CNN’s Great Big Story for his work. He gave a talk at TEDx Vienna in 2018. He is based in Brooklyn, New York, but currently lived in London with his two Deaf young boys and his wife Lauren Ridloff, the actress for The Walking Dead and The Eternals for Marvel. 

ASL Slam:

Board President & Director

Visual Performance

The Jewish Museum, March, 2019

Israel, (2019) 

The Jewish Museum, March, 2019

Norway, 2 cities, 2019

Australia, 7 Cities, 2018

Norway, 5 Cities, 2018

Copenhagen, Denmark, 2018

Niagara Falls, Canada, 2018

Miami, Florida, 2018

Kingston, Jamaica, 2018

Tampa Bay, Florida, 2018

Helsinki, Finland, 2017

Wolverhampton, England, 2017 (A master of Ceremonies)

Havana, Cuba, 2017

Miami, Florida, 2017

Las Vegas, Nevada 2016

Lyon, France 2016

Riverside, Calif 2015

Seattle, Washington 2015

Calgary, Canada 2015

St Petersburg, Florida 2015

Clin d'Oeil Festival, Reims, France 2013, 2015

Yomma, Berlin,Germany) 2015

New Museum: Fruit Machine

Face Opera ii

Wrote and produced:

ASL Slam show 2013-current

The Capital D Show 2010-2013                         

Douglas Ridloff Live! 2008-2010

ASL in the RAW 2005-2008                                                                                          

Artist in Residence: 

Columbia College Chicago 2016



Australia, The Flow Festival 

Norway, Teater Manu

Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf, Jamaica, 2018

ASL Roundtable 2015

LaGaurdia Community College 2015

Yomma 2015

St. Petersburg College Clearwater Campus 2015

RMDS (2015)

Northeastern University 2013


Deaf Film Camp: Creative Content Development


St. Joseph's School for the Deaf 2015-2017 

47 ASL and English School 2004-2015

Lexington School for the Deaf 2002-2003


Extra Information:

Currently hold NYS certification in Physical Education and American Sign Language from K-12

New York Deaf Theatre-Board Member 2010-2013

Award of Appreciation 2013

NAD ASL Live!- First place 2008


© 2019 By Douglas Ridloff.