Performing Arts Academics

Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships are available to students on a yearly basis.  A copy of this years scholarship application letter is provided below. 

This scholarship was created to recognize accomplishments in the performing arts by deaf students at RIT. Scholarship recipients must be active participants in the performing arts while at NTID.  Financial need is a strong consideration when reviewing applications. 

Awards of approximately $1,000 each will be made by the NTID Performing Arts Program to both incoming and continuing NTID supported students.

Award winners will be expected to commit themselves to performing arts service by performing in one play production, enrolling in one performing arts class during the academic year, or being involved in a practicum. Participation can be in any area of the performing arts; from acting, design, dance, or back-stage participation for the season’s events.

Letters explaining your background and interest in the award should be sent during the spring semester and before the end of April of each year:

Luane Davis-Haggerty, Ph.D
NTID Performing Arts
52 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5604

Awards will be credited to the student’s account at the Bursar’s Office during the subsequent fall semester. This will occur in two disbursements; fall, and spring semesters. This is a one-time award. You must re-apply for this scholarship on an annual basis. 

For more information, call (585) 475-7993 or e-mail lrdnpa@rit.edu

Certificate Program

Careers in Theatre

Careers for Actors, Technicians and Directors
The bureau of labor statistics, a section of the Department of Labor details the current occupational lookout for this past year and provides details about career work in theatre.

Playbill.com
Playbill.com provides information on the current state of the entire theatre industry. This site allows for updates on current theatre trends as well as a section devoted to job listings and postings.

Backstage.com
Backstage.com provides information about entertainment business, as well as, an in depth section on casting calls for various production across the USA.

Theatre Service Guide
The Theatre Services Guide provides a number of resources helpful identifying equipment and services needed within the theatre community.

Student Jobs

Position Summary:
Assist the Stagecraft Manager, Shop Foreman or Lighting Director with building and painting scenery and props, setting up lights for the NTID Production season, working backstage, setting up stage and/or preparing stage lights for any non-departmental events in the theatre for NTID.

Essential Functions:
Students are asked to perform any of the following tasks:

  • Build stage scenery
  • Hang and focus lights/lighting

Non-Essential Functions: 

  • Electric assembly and maintenance
  • Painting of scenery and props

Qualifications/Special Skills Required: 

  • Complete Technical Theatre Courses
  • Technical Theatre Experiences recommendations

Qualifications/Special Skills Preferred: 

  • Sign Language or the willingness to learn
  • Some building experience or knowledge
  • All students, male and female are encourage to apply

Inquire: jrhnpa@rit.edu

Position Summary:
Construction and Maintenance of costumes used for the NTID Production season. Students are also responsible to help maintain the Costume Shop, shop tools and equipment and costume storage areas. All interested students must contact Erin Auble and fill out a Costume Shop application.

Essential Functions:
Students are asked to perform any of the following tasks:

  • Sew/construct costumes
  • Assist with actor fittings
  • Do alterations of existing costumes
  • Participate in costume craft projects (i.e. mask making)
  • Dye fabric to be used in costumes
  • General maintenance and organization of shop, shop tools, stock areas and dressing rooms.

Non-Essential Functions: 

  • Students with a car may have opportunities to shop for costumes in the community
  • Advanced students may be asked to draft and cut out patterns
  • And assist in design process (i.e. small projects.)

Qualifications/Special Skills Required: 

No experience is necessary to apply. Students must have a positive work attitude and be willing to learn some sign and work with and for deaf colleagues.

Qualifications/Special Skills Preferred: 

TID Costume shop is committed to providing employment opportunities to D/deaf and hard of hearing students. All students, male and female are encouraged to apply. However, preference will be given to students with signing skills and/or previous sewing experience, although no experience is necessary to apply.

Inquire: emtnpa@rit.edu

Position Summary:
Assist the Stagecraft Manager, Shop Foreman or Lighting Director with: a) setup lights for the NTID Production season; b) work backstage, set up stage and/or prepare stage lights for any non-departmental events in the theatre for NTID.

Essential Functions:
Students are asked to perform any of the following tasks:

  • Hang and focus lights/lighting

Non-Essential Functions: 

  • Electric assembly and maintenance

Qualifications/Special Skills Required: 

  • Complete Technical Theatre Courses
  • Technical Theatre Experiences recommendations

Qualifications/Special Skills Preferred: 

  • Sign Language or the willingness to learn
  • All students, male and female are encourage to apply

Inquire: jrhnpa@rit.edu

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