Performing Arts Productions

Current Productions

Actors from Cabaret production, men on left, women performing on right

Each season several productions are produced in the Panara Theatre and 1510 Lab Theatre. These productions are presented simultaneously by Deaf actors who sign the lines and hearing actors who speak the lines.

Every aspect of an NTID production is accessible to both Deaf and hearing people: back stage, onstage, or in the house. The following sections will give you an idea of how we produce this unique form of theatre.

2022 - 2023 Theatrical Season

A venue for Deaf playwrights; an interpretation of a Tony Award-winning musical; performance by talented student dancers; and New Yorkers struggling with relationships and identity during the AIDS crisis are all part of a new collaborative season by Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf Performing Arts Department and the College of Liberal Arts.

NTID Performing Arts and RIT College of Liberal Arts are thrilled to announce the new joint theatrical season. The partnership between NTID and the College of Liberal Arts is a long-term collaboration in which strong backgrounds in performance, acting, directing, dance and music converge to create stunning theatrical productions.

The plays and dance performance present a wide array of cultural, political, and social issues.

NTID Performing Arts and RIT College of Liberal Arts
2022-2023 Joint Theatrical Season

Rochester, New York – NTID Performing Arts and RIT College of Liberal Arts are thrilled to announce the 2022-2023 joint theatrical season. The selected productions present a wide array of cultural, political, and social issues. Due to renovations in NTID Performing Arts spaces, some shows will take place in Ingle Auditorium.

Dates Production
Nov 11-13, 2022


Written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Andy Head
RIT Ingle Auditorium

A modern adaptation of the 15-Century play, Everyman. The play features the unique casting quirk of using a lottery system to define the roles of the play. This is meant to symbolize the randomness of death. The story is kept largely the same as Everyman with a few exceptions. The story follows the character of Everybody as they journey through life’s greatest mystery—the meaning of life.

Feb 24-26, 2023

Twenty-Five Years Through Movement and Space

Directed by Marc Holland
RIT Ingle Auditorium

A celebration of Thomas Warfield’s 25th anniversary of dance at RIT/NTID. The production will feature dances from his creative journey using movement to design space on stage. The theme will incorporate concepts of the movement of life in the solar system - a journey through space. Included in the performance will be students from the RIT Performing Arts Scholars program and students from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. The RIT DanceCore Ensemble will also be featured under the direction of dance professor Marc Holland. With dancers using the energy of their bodies and the power of motion to convey ideas and stories, the audience will encounter a multimedia experience combining dance, technology, and design expressing the connection between humanity, the universe, and creativity.

Mar 31 - Apr 2, 2023

Ordinary Days

Written by Adam Gwon
Music and Lyrics by Adam Gwon
Directed by Kelley Holley
RIT University Gallery

Ordinary Days portrays four New Yorkers who lives intersect as they search for fulfillment, happiness, love, and cabs. When the ever-optimistic Warren finds Deb’s lost notes for her grad thesis, the two set in motion a series of events that not only change their lives, but the lives of fellow New Yorkers Claire and Jason. Told through a series of intricately connected songs and vignettes, Ordinary Days is an original musical about growing up and enjoying the view.

Apr 14-16, 2023

Deaf Republic

Written by Ilya Kaminsky
Directed by TBA
Venue TBA

Deaf Republic takes place in an unspecified time of political unrest in an occupied territory. The story unfolds in episodic poems, opening with the shooting of a young deaf boy at a protest. In response, the entire town adopts deafness as a strategy of resistance. The poems explore how language enables resistance to power and how the lives of the townspeople are scarred by political violence. Written in English by Ilya Kaminsky, a hard-of-hearing Ukraine immigrant who grew up in Rochester, Deaf Republic is performed in ASL as part of the 2023 Big Read organized by NTID. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. (Learn more about the NTID NEA Big Read).

Apr 28-30, 2023

Singring and the Glass Guitar

Developed and Directed by Thomas Warfield and Joe Geigel
Venue TBA

Singring and the Glass Guitar is the final song on the RA album from the 1970s progressive rock band Todd Rundgren’s Utopia. This production develops the song into a 20-minute Augmented Reality dance piece. The song is an ‘electrified faiytale’ featuring a group of explorers who must battle the four elements to find four keys and save the spirit of Harmony.

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  • Purchase tickets:
    • On campus: RIT University Arenas, 200 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester NY 14623
    • Online:
    • By phone: 585-475-4121
    • Tickets also will be available on performance days two hours prior to curtain.
  • Prices:
    • $5.00 for Student, Senior (60+), and Children under age of 12
    • $10.00 for RIT Faculty/Staff/Alumni
    • $12.00 for General Public

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