Natasha Escalada-Westland


Natasha Westland –
I was 20 and at the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival back in the late 80’s and was entranced
by the stage interpreters. I wandered up to get a closer look, then found myself in the middle of a group of ASL using folks. I knew I had to learn it! I spent the next few years making Deaf friends and taking classes. I eventually pursued a Master’s Degree in Deaf Education, and wound up teaching D/deaf students for 18 years. During that time, I became a nationally certified and state licensed interpreter. I stopped teaching in 2015, and have been professionally interpreting in the community and on VRS since then. It is an honor to return to women’s music and festivals with the opportunity to interpret up on stage!