Performing Arts Academics

Certificate Program

The NTID Department of Performing Arts also offers a special certificate in performing arts that documents the academic training students receive while actively participating in Performance or Technical Theatre activities. The Performing Arts Certificate program broadens employment opportunities for Deaf graduates in applied arts and imaging, professional and technical communication and related business areas, industrial technologies, and other fields by expanding their repertoire of marketable skills. Students develop knowledge of standard theatrical operating procedures along with principles and practices of theatre accessibility for Deaf people, allowing them to work in professional, regional and community theatre. It also provides a solid foundation for those who wish to pursue further education in film, video, theatre, and related forms of performing arts.

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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. 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. 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 Employment Opportunities

NTID Performing Arts hires students workers every semester to assist with backstage production. Duties range from helping construct costumes, props, scenery, to electrical and lighting work, to setting up and running events. Student workers must have completed at least one technical theater course or have prior technical theater experience. Students must either know ASL or be willing to learn and commit to using sign language at all times when working. All NTID and RIT students are encouraged to apply, regardless of hearing status. If interested in backstage production employment, contact Eric Moslow, Technical Director, at

The department also hires students to film and edit videos for our social media. Other employment opportunities with the department include general office work and teaching assistant positions for graduate students. Intermediate to advanced knowledge of ASL is required for these positions. If interested, please contact Denise Morgan, Senior Staff Specialist, at

RIT Course Catalog

Get information about RIT programs of study, degrees, curriculums and related courses.

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