Lights On! Deaf Theatre records

RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive

Table of Contents

Collection Overview
Historical Information for Lights On! Deaf Theatre
Scope and Content
Additional Finding Aids
Subject Headings
Information for Researchers
Administrative Information

Collection Overview (Collapse)

Lights On! Deaf Theatre records
Lights On! Deaf Theatre.
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Documents related to the Lights On! Deaf Theatre group, a Rochester based organization dedicated to deaf theater. The collection contains administrative documents for the organization, such as bylaws, meeting minutes, and budgeting materials, as well as newsletters and correspondence. Also included are scripts and materials related to each production, such as playbills, schedules, floor plans, production notes, photographs, and video recordings.
7.75 Linear feet (14 document boxes, 2 lid boxes)
C.S. Mid-Range, Shelf 329 - Box 1-10; Shelf 331 - Oversize box; Shelf 335 - Box 11-15
RIT Archive Collections
RIT Libraries
Wallace Center
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York, 14623
(585) 475-2557

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Historical Information for Lights On! Deaf Theatre (Collapse)

Lights On! Deaf Theatre was founded in 1991 as a grassroots theater company specifically for deaf people. The organization was formed by John Blevins, Patti Durr, and Dan Houlihan to provide deaf people with the opportunity to participate in all aspects of theater production, including writing, acting, and directing. Additionally, the organization hoped to educate hearing people in the Rochester area on the deaf community, by allowing them to "observe and appreciate deaf culture through theatrical events." The first production performed by the company was "Tales from a Clubroom," written by Bernard Bragg and Eugene Bergman, and directed by Patrick Graybill. In 1993, Lights On! was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to continue its operation, while targeting deaf and hard-of-hearing children and youth.

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Scope and Content (Collapse)

The Lights On! Deaf Theatre records include a variety of materials related to the grassroots theater group. Each major production is thoroughly represented in the collection with items such as photographs, news articles, playbills, correspondence, schedules, rehearsal reports, props and floors plans, scripts, production notes, evaluations, fundraising records, budget plans, and wrap-up notes. In addition, the collection includes posters for most of the productions, as well as some materials for smaller productions.

The collection also contains a series of administrative documents, including organization by-laws, meeting minutes, correspondence, budgeting materials, production checklists, activities summaries, and grant information. The correspondence consists mostly of communications between Lights On! and playwrights, as well as thank you notices to contributors.

Finally, the collection includes newsletters from the organization and copies of Deaf Rochester (Silent News) from 1995-2001. There is also a group of oversize posters, miscellaneous photographs, and video recordings of productions and events.

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The first portion of the collection includes materials related to specific productions. These items are arranged by production with each of the major shows' materials housed within its own box. This is followed by a series of scripts, and then administrative documents including organization newsletters and Deaf Rochester (Silent News). Production posters are contained within a single oversize box, while the video tapes and miscellaneous photographs are located at the end of the collection.

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Additional Finding Aids (Collapse)

In addition to this finding aid, an inventory is available below. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.

Lights On! Deaf Theatre records

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Corporate Name(s)

  • Lights On! Deaf Theatre.


  • Deaf, Theater for the -- New York (State) -- Rochester


  • Newsletters
  • Photographs
  • Playbills
  • Posters
  • Scripts (documents)
  • Video recordings

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Information for Researchers (Collapse)

Preferred Citation

Lights On! Deaf Theatre records, RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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Administrative Information (Collapse)

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Accession Information

Accession numbers: 06:28; 10:36

Source of Acquisition

A majority of the collection was a gift from Patti Durr (NTID Faculty) in 2006.

Portions of the collection were given to RIT Archive Collections by Joan Naturale (RIT Librarian) in 2010.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in November 2010

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