August 19, 1931 – 1993

Dot Miles was a native of the U.K. and worked within the U.S. for many years.  Noted poet, playwright, performer and scholar, she was well loved and respected by many in the Deaf-world.  She is hailed as being one of the earliest poets to try to represent and respect English and Natural sign language in poetry.  She created works in both British Sign Language (BSL) and American Sign Language (ASL) as well as in written English.  Dot graduated from Gallaudet University (’61) with distinctions and performed with the National Theatre of the Deaf.

We are very grateful to have permission to reproduce Dorothy Miles’ wonderful play, “Troubles Just Beginning: A Play of Our Own” here in addition to two of her scolarly writings about Deaf Theatre.

Photo courtesy of the National Theatre of the Deaf