National Theatre of the Deaf annual reports and players' guides

RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive

Table of Contents

Collection Overview
Historical Information for the National Theatre of the Deaf
Scope and Content
Arrangement
RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive
Subject Headings
Information for Researchers
Administrative Information
Related Materials

Collection Overview (Collapse)

Title
National Theatre of the Deaf annual reports and players guides
Inclusive Date(s)
1967-1998
Abstract
National Theatre of the Deaf annual reports and players' guides covers the theatre from 1967 to 1994. Reports include plays performed for that year; biographies of actors, directors, and staff; images; and in later years, financial information. Ephemeral materials include a playbill, programs, and an issue of NTD News from 1997-98.
Extent
0.4 Linear feet (1 document box)
Location
C.S. Mid-Range, Shelf 419
Repository
RIT Archive Collections
RIT Libraries
Wallace Center
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York, 14623
(585) 475-2557
raswml@rit.edu
Language
English

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Historical Information for the National Theatre of the Deaf (Collapse)

A professional ensemble of both deaf and hearing actors, the National Theatre of the Deaf (NTD) was formed in 1965 with a planning fund grant from the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Two years later, the U.S. Office of Education funded the Theatre's first Professional Training School held in the summer of 1967. The School was the first professional theatre training program for the deaf in America, and offered intensive training for deaf, hard of hearing, and signing artists in all aspects of the theater.

The first performance of the NTD was held in 1967 at Wesleyan University. The next year, the Little Theatre of the Deaf was formed for young audiences, and is still active today.

In 1994, NTD celebrated its 25th anniversary. By that year, they were the only professional company to play in all 50 states, and had given over 6,000 performances in over 30 countries. Today, the National Theatre of the Deaf is still flourishing, giving national tours each year, and training professionals in its annual Professional Theatre School. NTD is the oldest, continually-producing touring theatre company in the United States.

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Scope and Content (Collapse)

National Theatre of the Deaf annual reports and players' guides provide documentation for the history of this professional theatre company. Annual reports (1967-1994) include production chronologies; biographies and images of actors, directors, and staff; and financial and donor reports. Only three players' guides are included in the collection, for 1979-1980, 1981, and 1982-1983. These guides are directories of deaf actors, most of which had trained and toured with the National Theatre of the Deaf. Guides include images and credits for each actor, as well as images of productions. Ephemeral materials include a playbill, programs, and an issue of NTD News from 1997-98.

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Arrangement (Collapse)

Collection materials are arranged chronologically by subject: annual reports and players' guides.

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RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive(Collapse)

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

National Theatre of the Deaf annual reports and players guides

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Corporate Name(s)

  • National Theatre of the Deaf.

Subject(s)

  • Deaf -- United States
  • Deafness -- Drama
  • National Theatre of the Deaf -- History

Genre(s)

  • Annual reports
  • Programs (documents)

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Information for Researchers (Collapse)

Preferred Citation

National Theatre of the Deaf annual reports and players' guides, RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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Administrative Information (Collapse)

Collection ID

RITDSA.0003

Accession Information

Accession number(s): 2010:033

Source of Acquisition

The National Theatre of the Deaf annual reports and players' guides were gifted to the RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive by NTID Performing Arts Faculty member Aaron Kelstone.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in July 2011.

Revision Description

 Updated inventory added 27 May 2014

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Related Materials (Collapse)

Deaf Studies Archive

Shannon Bradford papers

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