Living Empowered and Hearing Impaired - An Interview with Ashlea Hayes

Episode 8,   Dec 03, 2020, 02:00 AM

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In this episode, Ashley Hayes discusses her experience with hearing loss and life as a deaf advocate and educator.

Ashlea was born and raised in Compton, CA. She was bitten by the acting bug in 2009, stemming from her love of storytelling as a child. In 2011, she joined the SAG-AFTRA union and has been honing her craft ever since.  Ashlea has been active in the Deaf community for 27 years. She has been involved in several community organizations, all with the goal of empowering the Deaf community as well as educating the Hearing community about Deaf Culture. When she isn't volunteering her time to the community, or working on a new production,  she is teaching ASL at Fusion Academy and El Camino College.

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Audra was burned at a year and a half, had six surgeries between the ages of 2 and 16, and did not look at herself in the mirror until she was 25 years old.
As a person, who has experienced trauma and was left with physical remnants of it, she was then able to do the work necessary to embrace her scars and become empowered by them. Because of her experience, Audra wrote her song “Scars”, created the I’ve Got Scars Baby! Podcast and has been performing and holding personal empowerment workshops across the country.
From Detroit native to Los Angeles artist and producer, Audra has also performed at such venues as the Disney Music Hall (LA), The Kennedy Center (Washington DC), The World Children’s Festival of Theatre (Copenhagen, Denmark), The House of Blues Sunset (LA) and The Comedy Store (LA), Laugh Factory (LA) and The Comedy Union (LA).
As a Producer, Audra has worked for several network TV shows including: America's Got Talent, Steve Harvey's Big Time, and The Tom Joyner Show as well as shows on Netflix, BET, and VH1. Audra has taken her creativity to the stage as the writer and producer of her first play entitled, The Cage at the Stella Adler Theatre.