An evening with Marlee Matlin

7:00 - 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 20, 2022
In-person event only | Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts

Attendees will be inspired by Marlee Matlin, Academy Award winner, author, and creator of the app, Marlee Signs.  This app teaches American Sign Language to millions of smartphone users. 

Brent Dunn, Missouri State University Foundation executive director, states, "Matlin is not only an accomplished artist but also a true humanitarian. Her story is inspirational because she overcame odds and broke barriers to achieving great success. Even more admirable, she has used her platform to champion the deaf and hard of hearing community, as well as advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion, and access."

Matlin’s keynote is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required. The event is made possible by the Missouri State Foundation with support from KY3/KSPR, Springfield's NBC/ABC TV affiliate.

VIP Experience

Opportunity to meet Matlin

The Foundation will host a VIP reception with Matlin at 5:30 p.m. before her talk.

Guests will:

  • Have a photo opportunity with Matlin.
  • Receive an autographed copy of her book, “I’ll Scream Later.”
  • Enjoy cocktails, beverages and hors d’oeuvres.
  • Get special reserved seating at the keynote.

Tickets are $125 per person and available for purchase online.

Contact Stephanie Smith, MSU senior director of donor relations and special events, at 417-836-4143 for more information.


Actress, producer and advocate Marlee Matlin

Marlee Matlin

Actress, producer and advocate


  • Missouri State University Foundation

  • KY3/KSPR, Springfield's local NBC/ABC TV affiliate