Howie Seago

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Howie Seago
Howie Seago in 2006.jpg
Born Tacoma, Washington
Occupation Television actor, Theatre actor, Theatre director

Howie Seago (born in Tacoma, Washington) is an American deaf actor and director.


Born deaf, he first began to develop his mimic abilities as a child with the help of his mother. He began his serious acting work in college, when he joined the National Theatre of the Deaf. His break-out role was in Peter Sellars' production of Ajax. He was later cast by David Byrne for the German production of The Forest (1989), because he was so impressed with Seago's performance. This production was directed by Robert Wilson for the Berliner Festspiele. In Austria he worked as an actor for the Salzburg Festival and the Vienna Festival and as a director for ARBOS - Company for Music and Theatre.[1] He also had a significant role in Beyond Silence, a German film about a hearing girl growing up with deaf parents directed by Caroline Link.[2]

His television career has included appearances on Hunter, Star Trek: The Next Generation and The Equalizer as well as involvement in the Emmy award winning children's show, Rainbow's End. He has also produced some plays, using both hearing and deaf actors. He is a central figure of the American Deaf Community, especially as an author and teacher.[citation needed] Seago has been honored many times, including being a recipient of the Helen Hayes award.[3]

Since 2009, Seago has been a company member with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, in Ashland, Oregon, where he is the first deaf actor to perform in the festival's history. His roles there have included The Ghost of Hamlet's Father in Hamlet, Ned Poins in Henry IV, Part I and Henry IV, Part II, Marcellus Washburn in The Music Man, Bob Ewell in To Kill a Mockingbird, Duke Senior in "As You Like It", King Cymbeline "Cymbeline", Little John in "The Heart of Robinhood", and Wolf in "Into the Woods."


Howie Seago "In an alien world of sound" ARBOS-Edition, Vienna-Salzburg-Klagenfurt 1996/1997.


  1. ^ Farley, Ellen (1989-01-12). "Stepping Aboard the Starship 'Enterprise'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  2. ^ Slovick, Matt (1988-06-09). "Out of Deafness". Washington Post. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  3. ^ Gamarekian, Barbara (1987-05-06). "3D HELEN HAYES AWARDS FOR WASHINGTON DRAMA". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 

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