TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF PRESS RELEASE
Contact: Gabriel Cardenas
FOR RELEASE JUNE 14, 2022
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR ACADEMY AWARD WINNER TROY KOTSUR VISITS AUSTIN
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Austin, Texas – June 14, 2022 - On the heels of winning an Academy Award for best actor in the movie CODA, Troy Kotsur visits Austin Texas with a stop at Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) today.
Kotsur is in Austin to be featured in a documentary being shot at the school produced by Austin-based non-profit content studio, Emergent Order Foundation, for its’ Dad Saves America content initiative.
This evening at 7:00 p.m., TSD hosts a public appearance with Kotsur who will share about his life as an actor who happens to be deaf, and what it’s been like since winning the Oscar.
Lauded for casting deaf actors in its roles, CODA features Kotsur, a deaf father and fisherman, alongside co-star, Marlee Matlin, as his wife, portraying a Maine fishing family with two children. The film centers on the couple’s daughter, Ruby, a CODA (child of deaf adults), and their only hearing child, who struggles between staying and working to help her family and following her passion to sing. CODA was also awarded best picture and best adapted screenplay.
Earlier in the day, Kotsur gives a short workshop and meets some of the school’s theater students.
“We are delighted to have Troy visit the campus and community,” TSD Superintendent, Claire Bugen says.
“Without a doubt, students and guests will get first-class advice from such an amazingly and talented actor.”
John Papola, CEO of Emergent Order Foundation said, “when we saw Troy’s inspiring Oscar speech about his path to that moment, and specifically how important his relationship with his father has been to him, we knew we needed to convince him to come to Austin to dive deeper into that story.
“We are incredibly excited to partner with the Texas School for the Deaf to celebrate Troy.”
Kotsur added, “I am excited to meet with the next generation of Deaf actors and share my experience with them and the entire TSD community.”
WHAT: Meet Troy Kotsur
WHEN: Tuesday, June 14, 2022
WHERE: R.L. Davis Auditorium
Texas School for the Deaf
All visitors please use summer entrance:
400 West Elizabeth St.
Austin, TX 78704
MORE: Interpreting and support services are available for those needing assistance.
This event will be recorded; all footage and images will be used by Emergent Order Foundation for an upcoming documentary film.
ABOUT THE TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF (TSD)
The Texas School for the Deaf is the oldest continuously operating public school in Texas. Educating Texas students who are deaf and hard of hearing since 1856, the campus also provides outreach and educational resources for students, their families and professionals in the field throughout the state of Texas. With educational excellence and a strong belief in a culture and community at TSD, students form a unique identity based on their individual strengths and talents. TSD is an environment where students learn, grow, and belong. For more information about Texas School for the Deaf, visit: www.tsd.state.tx.us.
ABOUT EMERGENT ORDER (EO) FOUNDATION
Emergent Order Foundation is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit studio dedicated to telling heroic stories of virtue that celebrate American freedom and the potential it unlocks in each of us.