RIT/NTID performance group "Dangerous Signs" trip to NYC

RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive

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Collection Overview
Biographical/Historical Information
Scope and Content
Subject Headings
Information for Researchers
Administrative Information

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RIT/NTID performance group Dangerous Signs trip to NYC
Haggerty, Luane, Dr.
RIT/NTID performance group Dangerous Signs DVD contains footage of a 2013 trip to New York City by the poetry, music and storytelling performance group.
1.0 Folder(s) (1 disk)
C.S. Mid-range, Shelf 328
RIT Archive Collections
RIT Libraries
Wallace Center
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York, 14623
(585) 475-2557
Language of Materials note
American Sign Language (ASL)

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Biographical/Historical Information (Collapse)

Dangerous Signs is a Deaf/hearing multi-cultural performance group that builds community through the use of American Sign Language (ASL), poetry, spoken English, music, dance, mime, storytelling and humor. Artistic interaction with students, teachers, and the local community promote learning and diversity in the greater Rochester area.

The group has performed at the Rochester College Theater Festival and at the Rochester Fringe Festival, among other venues. One of the founding members of the group, Timothy Holmes died in 2014. Joseph Fox, a theater production assistant at NTID compared Timothy to Robert F. Panara, RIT’s first deaf professor, who passed away in 2014: "the legacies they have left behind, their love of theater and willingness to bridge the gap between the hearing and deaf cultures are just some of many similarities."

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DVD documents the RIT/NTID performance group "Dangerous Signs" trip to New York City in 2013. Shown are students riding a subway and creating/practicing performance poetry on stage in a theater. The group performed in New York City’s Interborough Repertory Theater, directed by RIT/NTID faculty member Luane Davis Haggerty.

Most of the film is in sign language only, except for the last segment called "The Best of YouTube!," which is captioned.

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Arrangement (Collapse)

The collection is one DVD.

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Personal Name(s)

  • Haggerty, Luane, Dr.
  • Holmes, Timothy

Corporate Name(s)

  • National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Students.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology . National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Drama Club .
  • Rochester Institute of Technology. National Technical Institute for the Deaf. NTID Performing Arts.

Geographic Name(s)

  • New York (N.Y.)


  • Deaf -- Poetry
  • Deaf -- United States -- Humor
  • Deaf artists
  • Deaf college students
  • Deaf wit and humor
  • Deaf, Theater for the -- New York (State) -- Rochester


  • DVDs

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RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive

RIT/NTID performance group "Dangerous Signs" trip to NYC, RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers. Two-thirds of the DVD is not captioned.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The film is 43:14 minutes in length.

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Collection ID


Accession Information

Accession number(s): 2015:022

Source of Acquisition

The DVD was donated to the RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive by Luane Haggerty in 2014.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Jody Sidlauskas in February 2015.

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