Deaf and a Vermont native, Christopher Tester lived and worked in New York City, Edinburgh, Berlin and Washington, D.C. as an American, British Sign Language, and International Sign Interpreter, actor, consultant, and educator for nearly 15 years. He obtained his PhD from at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. He currently resides in Washington, D.C. and is an assistant professor at Gallaudet University’s department of interpretation and translation. While he has an extensive experience as an interpreter and educator, he is shifting his focus to hone his acting skills. See the as an actor page to learn more about his acting experience.
He is certified by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and holds Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) and Speciality Certificate: Legal (SC: L). He is also an accredited International Sign (IS) interpreter through the WFD-WASLI organizations. Further, he is a full member of AIIC. He has over 15 years of professional experience ranging as a former manager/ trainer at Sorenson Communications and as a Special Projects Coordinator and Investigator at the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights to working in private practice as an interpreter, educator and consultant. He was an interpreter instructor at the CUNY’s ASL-English Interpreting program in New York City. As a seasoned presenter, he specializes in workshop and seminar facilitation on topics including (but not limited to) disability rights and laws, deaf and hard of hearing awareness and American Sign Language and interpreting. (For a comprehensive list of workshops, please check the Services tab).
Christopher received his Bachelor’s degree at the College of the Holy Cross and his Professional Certificate from the Interpreter Education Program at LaGuardia Community College. He completed his graduate studies through the European Masters in Sign Language Interpreting (EUMASLI) program. To learn more about the EUMASLI programme, check out www.EUMASLI.eu.
Christopher is always thrilled to travel to a new place, meet local community members, and provide educational training or interpreting services.
Contact him at email@example.com