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"Shadowing" is a sign language interpreting technique for theatrical performances.

The placement of sign language interpreters during theatrical performances is a challenge. It is hard for individuals who are deaf to simultaneously watch the interpreter and the performance if the interpreter is not positioned adequately. One solution has involved "shadowing" where each speaking actor is followed by a signing interpreter. Some theatrical companies have placed interpreters just below but in front of the stage so that viewers can see the action on stage, yet also see the interpreter at the bottom of their visual field. Some playwrights are also integrating deaf characters into their scripts who can naturally interpret while on stage.

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