THE FOUNDERS OF SIGNDANCE

DAVID BOWER

Founder | Artistic Director | Actor | Web Designer

Welsh/English. He studied Theatre of the Deaf at Bulmershe College of Further Education. Joined Basic Theatre Company, played ‘Gary’ in "Gary", winning an Edinburgh Fringe First. Joined as apprentice at Common Ground Sign Dance Theatre. He performs at street theatre and theatre festivals worldwide. His films have been screened across the globe 'Rapid Intervention' Cannes Film Festival. BBC Radio Four work includes, ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’, ‘Shall I say a Kiss,’ , ‘Dragonfly’ , ‘A Small Piece of Silence’, 'The Heart is a Lonley Hunter', 'Bad Elvis' played the lead in the stage adaptation. He is associate artist at the BBC. He played Hugh Grant's brother in Four Weddings and a Funeral, Working Title Films.

ISOLTE AVILA

Founder | Collaborations Director | Performer

Isolte was born in Cuba. She has a degree in dance from California Institute of the Arts and trained as a scholarship student at Tanz Wochen Vienna. She founded the art form 'Signdance Theatre' in 1987, and In 2001, with Deaf actor David Bower formed Signdance Collective. Isolte tours extensively with the company. Influential collaborations include working with director Goro Osojik/Ana Monro Slovenia, touring through India with,in-collaboration with Sanjiina Kapur's Prithvi Theatre & partnering Carovana SMI Sardinia on European Projects & with Joke Menssink in Holland. In the UK, Isolte enjoys working closely with Brazillian playwright Pedro De Senna, the SDC company,  and as a member of the steering group at Wycombe Arts Centre.