|Born||December 15, 1953|
Tacoma, Washington, United States
|Occupation||Television actor, Theatre actor, Theatre director|
Howie Seago (born December 15, 1953) is an American actor and director.
Early life, family and education
Seago, who is deaf, was born in Tacoma, Washington. His father was hard of hearing, and that side of the family had a history of hearing loss. Howie has two brothers (one is hard of hearing; one is deaf) and two sisters (who are both hearing). He first began to develop his mimicking abilities as a child with the help of his mother.
Seago's television career includes appearances on Hunter, Star Trek: The Next Generation (episode: "Loud as a Whisper") and The Equalizer as well as involvement in the 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.
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, Seago worked as an actor for the Salzburg Festival and the Vienna Festival and as a director for ARBOS - Company for Music and Theatre. 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.
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 in Cymbeline, Little John in "The Heart of Robinhood", and Wolf in Into the Woods.
Honors and awards
Seago has been honored many times, including being a recipient of the Helen Hayes Award.; Dramalogue Award, and Joe Velez Memorial Award. He also co-produced the PBS television show, Rainbow's End, which won an Emmy
Seago spoke candidly about the effect his deafness has had on his life and work in the book Chronicles of Courage: Very Special Artists written by Jean Kennedy Smith and George Plimpton and published by Random House.
- Seago, Howie. In an Alien World of Sound, ARBOS-Edition, Vienna-Salzburg-Klagenfurt, 1996/1997.
- Slovick, Matt (June 9, 1988). "Out of Deafness". Washington Post. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
- Farley, Ellen (January 12, 1989). "Stepping Aboard the Starship 'Enterprise'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
- Gamarekian, Barbara (May 6, 1987). "3D HELEN HAYES AWARDS FOR WASHINGTON DRAMA". The New York Times. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
- Toole, Darlene (1996). Living legends : --six stories about successful deaf people. Butte Publications. p. 51. ISBN 1-884362-13-3.