Alek Lev is a certified American Sign Language interpreter (NIC-Master, CI, CT), with 18 years in the field and more than a decade of experience as a workshop presenter. He has toured with the National Theater of the Deaf, performed with Deaf West Theater, and has interpreted for three presidents, two Broadway shows, and one Beatle. He has also worked in Hollywood as actor, writer, and director, and in politics as a local organizer. (Full bio below)
Combining these myriad skills and years of experience Alek will present three days of workshops to ASL interpreters in subjects as diverse as translation, election year interpretation, feedback, the history of the English language, and acting skills for everyday interpreting. Begin Friday morning, and (with minor breaks for eating and sleeping) leave on Sunday night with valuable skills, new professional connections, and 2.4 CEUs.
ALEK LEV is a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter (NIC-Master, CI, CT), a director, actor, and writer, and a political organizer. He has interpreted for three presidents, two Broadway shows, and one Beatle. Over the last twenty years, he has worked freelance in New York and Los Angeles, has taught translation at California State University at Northridge, and has presented CEU workshops to interpreters all around the country.
Alek trained at The National Theatre of the Deaf’s Professional Theatre School, and stage managed, interpreted, and performed on to tour with their children’s theater, The Little Theatre of the Deaf. In Los Angeles, he has worked with Deaf West Theatre, appearing in Romeo and Juliet and Flowers for Algernon, directing their Much Ado About Nothing worshop, and rehearsal interpreting for Spring Awakening, At Home at the Zoo, and American Buffalo.
Outside of the world of sign language, Alek is also a television and film writer, actor, director, and editor. He served all those functions in his feature film, Ready or Not, amd co-starred in the Independent Spirit Award-winning film Conventioneers. He has appeared on television in How I Met Your Mother, Miami Medical, and I’m Dying Up Here. For four years, Alek was the New Media Director for How I Met Your Mother, where he produced and hosted their official podcast.
Alek also worked on several presidential campaigns, functioning as a campaign surrogate, congressional district team coordinator, city-wide training director, precinct captain organzier, and special project assistant to the State and Field Directors. He also ran - alas, unsuccessfully - to join his local community council.
And when he can find a 25th hour in the day, he is the vice president of the International Buster Keaton Society.
Alek graduated Phi Beta Kapa from Wesleyan University with a BA in Theater and English.