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Marlee Matlin, deaf since she was eighteen months old, won the Academy Award and the Golden Globe for Best Actress for her role in Children of a Lesser God. She was nominated for Emmy Awards for her performances in Seinfeld, Picket Fences, The Practice, and Law & Order: SVU. Her film credits include It's My Party and What the Bleep Do We Know!? She is the author of Deaf Child Crossing. She has made numerous television appearances and currently appears on The L Word. Marlee Matlin lives in Los Angeles with her husband and four children. Visit her at www.marleeonline.com.
Doug Cooney is the author of the middle-grade novels The Beloved Dearly and I Know Who Likes You. His musical adaptation of George Saunders's The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip recently premiered at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles, produced by the Mark Taper Forum P.L.A.Y. Cooney also teaches songwriting and collaboration for Voices Within, an educational outreach program of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. He divides his time between Los Angeles and South Florida. You can visit him at www.dougcooney.com.