Nancy Cantabene collection on Lights On!

RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive

Table of Contents

Collection Overview
Biographical/Historical Information
Scope and Content
Additional Finding Aids
Subject Headings
Information for Researchers
Administrative Information
Related Materials

Collection Overview (Collapse)

Nancy Cantabene collection on  Lights On!
Cantabene, Nancy
Inclusive Date(s)
Documents related to the Nancy Cantabene collection on Lights On! a Deaf theatre group, based out of Rochester, NY. The materials within the Lights On! Deaf Theatre collection pertains to the various plays that were produced.
0.1 Linear feet (1 large file box)
C.S. North, Shelf 233
. C.S. North, Shelf 295, Poster Drawer 53
RIT Archive Collections
RIT Libraries
Wallace Center
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York, 14623
(585) 475-2557

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Biographical/Historical Information (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." 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. Nancy (Babin) Cantabene was a member of the group and donated this collection. The theatre group closed in 2001.

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Scope and Content (Collapse)

The Nancy Cantabene collection on Lights On! includes a variety of materials related to the grassroots theater group. Several productions are represented in the collection with items such as posters, scripts, playbills, cast lists, photographs of various casts, and more. The dates of the collection materials range from years 1995 to 1998. The play with the most materials in the collection was “Deaf Smith”. The records in the collection contain various scripts, cast lists, financial statements, and organization-wide memos.

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Arrangement (Collapse)

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 folder. This is followed by a series of administrative documents including meeting minutes and correspondence. Production posters are contained within a single oversize folder.

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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.

Nancy Cantabene collection on Lights On

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Personal Name(s)

  • Cantabene, Nancy

Corporate Name(s)

  • Lights On! Deaf Theatre.


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


  • Minutes
  • Photographs
  • Posters
  • Promotional materials
  • Scripts (documents)

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Information for Researchers (Collapse)

Preferred Citation

Nancy Cantabene collection on Lights On!, RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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Administrative Information (Collapse)

Collection ID


Accession Information

Accession number(s): 2014:064

Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to the RIT Archives by Nancy Cantabene in July 2014.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lisa Witt in July 2014.

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Related Materials (Collapse)

Deaf Studies Archive

Lights On! Deaf Theatre records

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