Beyond the Stage
Beyond the Stage

Bethany Koubsky, BA’94, is hands-on with her performing arts and communications background. As a sign language interpreter, Koubsky is the EIPA (Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment) coordinator at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha. 

Koubsky, who majored in theatre and minored in English at Creighton, became interested in American Sign Language (ASL) in high school, taking courses after meeting a friend’s deaf brother.

Her love of performing arts and interest in sign language led Koubsky to apply to the Theater Development Fund Interpreter Training Program at Julliard School in New York. Koubsky was selected for the program where she spent a week interpreting Broadway productions after graduation.

“I had such a well-rounded education at Creighton, and my theatre background prepared me to study interpreting for the theatre at Julliard,” Koubsky said. “My theatre degree equipped me to be outgoing enough, and to understand all aspects of theatre, including the workings of backstage and onstage, and applying what I learned to interpret script and text.”

During her years at Creighton, Koubsky performed in The Heidi Chronicles, The Matchmaker, Bye Bye Birdie and worked backstage on Fiddler on the Roof.

In her current job as EIPA coordinator at Boys Town National Research Hospital, Koubsky runs the program which administers tests for interpreters who work in K-12 educational settings.

“It’s my way of giving back to interpreters and deaf children,” Koubsky said. “The EIPA gives interpreters valuable feedback on their skills and they use that feedback to develop a professional development plan to strengthen those skills.”

Koubsky credits her theatre experience and Creighton’s liberal arts core for her career trajectory in sign language interpretation. “I feel the courses we were required to take and the cognitive work helps prepare students to think in-depth and exercise critical thinking,” Koubsky said.

She advises current undergraduates to take advantage of what the University offers.

“Make sure to get involved. Even though I lived off campus, I was heavily involved in theatre, and I had a strong campus community connection,” Koubsky said. “I always felt and still feel that I have a home at Creighton.”