|William Martinez is the creator and performer of the one-man show “SIGNing The Song.” Through American Sign Language paired with singing, SIGNing The Song shares the true life story of a boy wanting to belong. William was raised in a silent home with a single-mother who could not speak or hear. He had little exposure to TV, radio, or movies. He failed every class in school and was bullied as a Special Ed student.Because of his incredible 8th grade music teacher, Norma Freeman and the love and support of his parents he came out of his silent world and discovered his voice through music. Audiences will watch how ASL (American Sign Language) and song lyrics meld together into a beautiful unique art form. William is now a professional singer. He tours nationally with numerous musical shows performing opera, Broadway, pop, jazz and other musical styles as well as showcasing his one-man show “SIGNing The Song”. He is a proud member of Actors Equity.
Paying tribute to the teaching profession William tells of his life and transformation in story, song, and sign language. Not only does the audience learn about deaf culture, but they also learn some American Sign Language at the same time. This one-man show celebrates the incredible impact educators and parents have on each child’s life…regardless of their struggles.
TESTIMONIALS: What people say.
“I will admit, when Harry Wong suggested bringing William Martinez to perform “SIGNing The Song” for a conference, I was extremely resistant. I argued that an education audience wanted to see an educator, not a performer. I finally gave in…and I fully admit that I was wrong! I can now add another name to my list of Top Motivational Education Speakers.
— Mr. Martinez’s performance connected with the audience on so many levels. He hit all of the major points I hope to convey to my students. — His unique life story, which is inspirational and heartwarming, details the incredible influence a teacher can have on a student’s life. Three standing ovations later, Mr. Martinez was swarmed by educators young and old wanting to share their experiences with music in the classroom. The attendees were filled with passion and a renewed senses of purpose.”
Director, Educator Preparation Institute
Polk State University
“It’s a MUST SEE! I laughed, I cried, and I came out a different human being! If you had that one person who changed your life and inspired you to be a better person, be it a teacher or a parent, this show will definitely make you want to reach out to them and be thankful for how they changed your life. Everyone has to see this show!”