NTID Drama Club photographs

RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive

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Collection Overview
Historical Information for NTID Drama Club
Scope and Content
Additional Finding Aids
Subject Headings
Information for Researchers
Administrative Information
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NTID Drama Club photographs
Inclusive Date(s)
circa 1974-1992
The National Technical Institute of the Deaf (NTID) Drama Club photographs contain photographic prints from various plays, practices, and events performed by the NTID Drama Club from the early 1970’s to the mid-1990s.
0.21 Linear feet (1 Half-Hollinger Box)
C.S. Mid-range, Shelf 328
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 NTID Drama Club (Collapse)

The NTID Drama Club was founded by Dr. Robert F. Panara in 1969. Dr. Robert F. Panara (1920-2014) was the first deaf professor at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He was an author and poet as well. Panara loved drama and theater throughout his life. He was “a founding member of the National Theatre of the Deaf and has been honored by the World Federation of the Deaf for his contributions to education and culture”, according to his obituary in RIT University News. Retrieved May 15, 2015 from RIT University News: http://www.rit.edu/news/story.php?id=50879

According to the NTID Performing Arts website, NTID Performing Arts was established in the Fall of 1974, with the opening of the Institute's new permanent NTID buildings, as an integral part of the Institute's curriculum following the success of the student drama club, NTID Drama Club. Originally named the Experimental Educational Theatre (EET), NTID Performing Arts offers a comprehensive curriculum of theatre courses and produces six productions and one outreach tour per season. Retrieved May 15, 2015 from NTID Performing Arts website: http://www.rit.edu/ntid/dccs/performingarts/about

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The NTID Drama Club photographs are comprised of 53 color and black and white photographic prints. There are photographs from various plays performed by the NTID Drama Club in the early 1970’s to the mid-1990s. These plays include, but are not limited to: “The Tempest”, “Threepenny Opera”, “Desire”, “Tormented Pathway”, “The Grapes of Wrath”, “Mother Courage and her Children”, “Wall”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Taming of the Shrew”, and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream”. Other photographic prints depict practices that the NTID Drama Club had rehearsed and formal events, such as award ceremonies and banquets.

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Materials are arranged chronologically and by series.

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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.

NTID Drama Club photographs

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Personal Name(s)

  • Panara, Robert

Corporate Name(s)

  • National Technical Institute for the Deaf.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology . National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Drama Club .
  • Rochester Institute of Technology. National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Experimental Educational Theatre.


  • Black-and-white photography
  • Deaf actors
  • Deaf, Theater for the -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • Deafness -- Drama
  • National Theatre of the Deaf -- History


  • Color photographs

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Preferred Citation

NTID Drama Club photographs, RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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Administrative Information (Collapse)

Collection ID


Source of Acquisition

This collection was deposited with the RIT Archives by the NTID Drama Club.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Jenna Bossert in June 2015.

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