Performing Arts Productions

2022 - 2023 Season

2023 - 2024 Season


Rochester, New York – NTID Performing Arts and RIT School of Performing Arts are thrilled to announce the 2023-2024 joint theatrical and dance season at RIT. The productions present a wide array of cultural, political, and social issues. Shows include:

Thy Name is Woman
November 9-12, 2023

Co-created by Jill Bradbury, Alexa Scott-Flaherty, and Andy Head
Lyndon Baines Johnson Hall (LBJ)

Produced collaboratively by RIT & NTID Performing Arts, Thy Name is Woman is an immersive adaptation of Hamlet. Set in a modern context, this production explores the character of Ophelia, one of Shakespeare's most under-developed female characters, and yet one of the most well-known and debated of Shakespeare's female roles. Thy Name Is Woman uses multi-sensory experiences and non-linear performance to investigate Ophelia's past, psychology, motivations, and desires, all the while inviting audiences to create their own understandings of her life and her decisions. Thy Name is Woman will offer performances in American Sign Language, spoken English, and Protactile.

*Content warning: This play contains content relating to domestic abuse and relational abuse, so some scenes may be triggering.
*Please be advised: This production contains flashing lights and the use of scents.

Performance Schedule - all performances will be open captioned

ASL Spoken English Protactile
Thu, Nov 9, 2023 6:45 PM
Thu, Nov 9, 2023 7:55 PM
Fri, Nov 10, 2023 6:45 PM
Fri, Nov 10, 2023 7:55 PM
Sat, Nov 11, 2023 1:45 PM
Sat, Nov 11, 2023 2:55 PM
Sat, Nov 11, 2023 6:45 PM
Sat, Nov 11, 2023 7:55 PM
Thu, Nov 9, 2023 7:20 PM
Thu, Nov 9, 2023 8:30 PM
Fri, Nov 10, 2023 7:20 PM
Fri, Nov 10, 2023 8:30 PM
Sat, Nov 11, 2023 2:20 PM
Sat, Nov 11, 2023 3:30 PM
Sat, Nov 11, 2023 7:20 PM
Sat, Nov 11, 2023 8:30 PM
Sun, Nov 12, 2023

performance is reserved for DeafBlind patrons

AstroDance II: Across The Universe
December 1-3, 2023

Conceived, Directed and Choreographed by Thomas Warfield
SHED – Sklarsky Glass Box Theater

AstroDance: Across the Universe is a multi-media, experiential dance production exploring basic concepts of astrophysics - gravitational waves and the interactions between objects in space - through a series of vignettes performed in dance, ASL and music. This aesthetic educational and interactive performance combines ballet, modern dance, tap dance, hip-hop dance, aerial arts, astrophysics, and the technologies of motion capture, projection mapping and gaming interactives. AstroDance is an interdisciplinary project which brings together students and faculty, creating collaboratively, from the Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation in the College of Science, NTID Department of Performing Arts in the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), RIT School of Performing Arts in the College of Liberal Arts, the 3D Design Program in the College of Art and Design, and the School of Interactive Games and Media in the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. The performance aims to engage both performers and audience on a collaborative journey of discovery, innovation and education.

Deaf Hip Hop and Rap Festival
February 2024

Featuring Wawa, Sho’Roc, and more!
SHED – Sklarsky Glass Box Theater

This two day celebration of Deaf hip hop and rap will feature performances by top recording artists, as well as dance, translation, and musicality workshops.

Ada and the Engine
April 5-7, 2024

Written by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Kelley Holley
SHED – Sklarsky Glass Box Theater

As the British Industrial Revolution dawns, young Ada Byron Lovelace (daughter of the flamboyant and notorious Lord Byron) sees the boundless creative potential in the “analytic engines” of her friend and soul mate Charles Babbage, inventor of the first mechanical computer. Ada envisions a whole new world where art and information converge-a world she might not live to see. A music-laced story of love, friendship, and the edgiest dreams of the future. Jane Austen meets Steve Jobs in this poignant pre-tech romance heralding the computer age.

Immersive Theatre Project
April 12-14, 2024

Conceived and directed by Ryan Underbakke
SHED – Sklarsky Glass Box Theater

The Immersive Theatre Project is a year-long creation process culminating in a student-made production. Story enthusiasts and artists of all kinds, from actors to game designers to LARPers, will all collaboratively develop a piece "in conversation with" the School for Performing Arts other spring production, Ada and the Engine by Lauren Gunderson. Students will spend the fall semester devising storytelling concepts based on theatrical space, thematic structure, and performance. In the spring semester, these ideas will be transformed into a theatrical showing that connects back to Ada. Throughout the production, students will lead decision-making for marketing, rehearsals, design, and performances.

Deaf Creators Play Festival
April 19-21, 2024

Robert F. Panara Theatre

The fourth Deaf Creators Play Festival will feature four one act plays by diverse Deaf, deaf, hard of hearing, and DeafBlind creators. Ten minute plays by Deaf, deaf, hard of hearing, and DeafBlind college students will also receive staged readings. Other festival activities will include panels and workshops. Interested play creators can submit plays for consideration. More information is on our website.

Titus Andronicus
August 2024

Written by William Shakespeare
Adapted by Howie Seago, Lezlie Cross, and Christine Albright-Tufts
Robert F. Panara Theatre

In collaboration with Play On Shakespeare, NTID Performing Arts presents a professional production of Titus Andronicus featuring some of the top Deaf actors in the country. This special production features an adaptation developed as part of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Play on! Initiative, which aimed to create opportunities for artists who have historically been left out of Shakespeare performance in the United States. Created by Deaf theatermaker Howie Seago, dramaturg Lezlie Cross and theatermaker Christine Albright-Tufts, the adaptation explores themes of language, power, and community that will resonate with Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing audiences. Titus is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts and Play On Shakespeare.


Joseph Fox (NTID), Marketing Communication Specialist
(585) 662-3652 |

Emily Rhone (RIT), Senior Staff Assistant, School of Performing Arts
(585) 475-4316 |

Ticket Information

Actors from Cabaret production, men on left, women performing on right
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  • Purchase tickets:
    • On campus: RIT University Arenas, 200 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester NY 14623
    • Online: (type the event name in the Search Events box)
    • 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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