I’m Megan Clancy, an actress who is Deaf and fluent in ASL. I was born Deaf myself, and grew up around hearing people and I interacted with them by lip-reading and speaking other than sign language. I first learned American Sign Language (ASL) itself when I was 12 in middle school. I really loved the visual aspect of this unique language.
I fell in love with acting when I was in high school. I attended a regular high school in a suburb outside of Boston that had a program that mainstreamed deaf and hard of hearing students into their classes. I performed in sign language with other deaf and hearing performers on stage at my high school’s popular annual concert. I joined a theater club for deaf students at my high school where we would do skits in front of audiences. I loved this experience. I also attended a month-long theater camp at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. where I performed in a play with other deaf and hard of hearing teenagers. This was made possible by a theater group called Quest4Arts—which invites performers who are deaf and hard of hearing to perform on stage.
Aside from my strong interest in acting, I had a strong passion in medicine so I got two science degrees in science—a B.A. in biology and a M.S. in genetics. I did a lot of medical literature and laboratory research with various institutions throughout the U.S. including from Boston. Then I moved out of medicine to focus on journalism where it took me to work overseas in Europe, Asia, and also back at Gallaudet University as a photographer and writer for their publications.
During my contracted position at Gallaudet, I realized that I missed acting so I returned to acting in mid-2000’s. I was part of Deafhood Monologues on stage at Gallaudet University in D.C. I also participated in a real-people commercial for 7-UP and Cricket Wireless. I enjoyed this experience. I also served as a professional ASL coach remotely and on set for various projects.
At this point, I have an objective to get role on network T.V. and in feature films along with commercials. I love it when I see ASL in commercials! Based on what I’ve seen in the Deaf Community, there have been more projects that include Deaf Talent. I’m fluent in ASL myself. I’m also a good lip-reader and speaker with my two cochlear implants. My goal is to show that Deaf people can do roles outside of their “deaf” stereotype. I’m also willing to play roles that are for deaf people—but I want to audition for various roles that are for hearing people as well. In our current world, there are lawyers, doctors, parents, teachers, spouses, and professionals who are Deaf. i can envision myself playing a character who speaks ASL or uses spoken language to communicate. I want to see media to reflect that.
In 5 years, I want to see myself as a successful professional actress with roles such as a medical resident on a medical drama show such as Grey’s Anatomy or as a private eye who can lip-read well on shows such as NCIS. I also want to see myself in feature films including comedy films. I have a good sense of humor. 🙂 I want today’s Deaf and hard of hearing children to realize that they can do anything but hear. Also, I want to see myself landing roles in both independent and mainstream films as well.
I look forward to collaborating with you. Megan Clancy