The Characters

Our cast of characters will grow as filming continues, but for now…

Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 4.45.08 PMJack Volpe, Co-Founder, Performance Director and Head Instructor

The writer and director of Seeing Voice’s Montreal’s plays, Jack was the first Deaf undergraduate to complete Concordia University’s acclaimed Film Production program. Jack’s charm and determination to find a way to communicate with everyone on his team leads to creative mixes of spoken and visual languages ranging from ASL, LSQ, English, French and simcom (a pigeon form of mixed English/signing). His incredible energy and work ethic can outlast anyone on his team – and just might…

Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 4.44.57 PMAselin Weng, Founder and Executive Director

A soon-to-be professional physical therapist, Aselin’s fascination with learning ASL (American Sign Language) and being insanely busy led her to co-found Seeing Voices two years earlier while working on her Master’s degree. A passionate advocate of Deaf awareness, Aselin is in love with the beauty of ASL- and someone on the Seeing Voices team…

Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 4.45.44 PM Vanessa Ferrer-Roy, the role of ASL Ursula

Born deaf, Vanessa’s first language was ASL until she received a cochlear implant at age 3 ½ . She grew up communicating orally and only started relearning ASL recently. She’s deeply involved with Seeing Voices and her boyfriend Riki, the company’s Artistic Director. We’ll be following Vanessa’s unique perspective into both hearing and Deaf communities as the production unfolds.

Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 4.45.36 PMSera Kessab, Digital Designer for The Little Mermaid

Born in Lebanon, Sera moved to Montreal at age 13. Deaf since birth, Sera learned American Sign Language in Canada. We follow Sera as she studies Visual Arts at Concordia University and despite her family’s worries, triumphantly learns to drive at age 25.


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Riki Shimoda, Artistic Director/Voice Actor

A student in Design for Theatre at Concordia University, Riki comes from a background in visual arts and a passion for communicating in ASL. His challenge is working with Deaf director Jack Volpe to find ways to make the play work on an artistic level for both hearing and Deaf audiences.

Screen Shot 2015-02-16 at 11.02.36 AMEricko Ampuero, Crew & Finance Coordinator

Born in Peru, Ericko is the only Deaf person in his family. He speaks Spanish, French, English and uses LSQ and ASL. He hopes to help break communication barriers. The film will follow Ericko as he faces the challenge of unemployment and career changes in a world not used to hiring Deaf employees.

character 2 (1)Stephanie Kessab, Grants

Working full-time, Stephanie is devoting her after-work energy to helping Seeing Voices Montreal get the money it needs to grow. A hearing person, Stephanie has a special commitment to the group because of her sister, Sera. We discover their unique and special bond, as Stephanie helps her sister learn to drive and tutors her through her university courses.