Mary-Jayne Russell de Clifford


Mary-Jayne is a theatre maker and workshop facilitator.  She is passionate about deaf / disabled theatre and empowering people through the use of theatre and drama. Mary-Jayne has a degree in Theatre Arts, Education and Deaf Studies from the University of Reading, and since graduating in 2005 has have worked as a freelance facilitator, scriptwriter, BSL storyteller, actor, stage manager, ambassador, director and BSL poet.  She has taught BSL poetry, with a focus on poem translation from BSL to English rather than English to BSL.

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Mary-Jayne’s poem, Label, is published by Arachne in their anthology What Meets the Eye?  The Deaf Perspective. Mary-Jayne says this poem encompasses her “own experiences and the journey I have been on”; and she describes her poetic style and ethos as “less is more”.