Erin Gardner

Access Specialist


pronouns: she, her, hers

Candid photo of Erin interpreting.
Candid photo over the shoulder of someone watching Erin interpret; she is sitting and her hands are pointing upwards as if signing "what."

Erin strives to remove communication barriers for our staff and participants. She strongly believes in social justice issues, and is proud to work with ThinkSelf in their commitment to empowering the lives of all members of the community.

Erin is a nationally certified ASL interpreter who has worked in the field since 2007 in settings ranging from medical to video relay, and she co-owns Air Rhymes Theatrical Interpreting Services & Training (A.R.T.I.S.T.), which improves access to the performing arts through interpreting and consulting.

A native Minnesotan, she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater from Southern Methodist University in Texas, and attended the Interpreter Training Program at St. Catherine University. Erin’s true passion is travelling the globe with her adventurous spouse and daughter. She believes the more you see the world, the more you realize how alike we all are.

Teenage Erin Gardner

Erin: “I was first exposed to ASL in high school, when I was in a production of Children of a Lesser God. While I was quite inappropriately cast as a hard of hearing character (thank you, 1992), it inspired me to continue learning the language, which eventually led to pursuing a career as an interpreter. I am honored to be welcomed into the ASL community, and feel humbled and fortunate to work in a place where I am an audiological minority.”

Photo is a high school photo of Erin; she’s wearing a turtleneck and is crossing her arms, chin tilted towards her shoulder as she smiles at the camera.

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