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RIT’s College of Liberal Arts, NTID Performing Arts announce 2020-2021 theatrical season

6 Feb

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Classic sci-fi; an interpretation of a Tony Award-winning musical; a story of faith and friendship; and New Yorkers struggling with drug abuse, AIDS and homosexuality are all part of a new collaborative season by Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf Performing Arts program and the College of Liberal Arts. 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 productions present a wide array of cultural, political and social issues. The 2020-2021 season includes:

SOMNIUM, conceived and directed by guest director Omen Sade, Oct. 16-18, 1510 Lab Theatre, Lyndon Baines Johnson Hall. This piece is inspired by the world of classic sci-fi and tells the story of a team of “slumber-nauts” who trek through the hilarious and dangerous badlands of our collective “Dream Scape.” The production uses live music, projection art and physical theatrical techniques such as mime, object manipulation and cinematic theater.

In the Heights, directed by Luane Davis-Haggerty, Nov. 13-15, Robert F. Panara Theatre, LBJ Hall. With music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and based on the book by Quiara Alegría Hudes, this production tells the universal story of a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. In the Heights won the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical.

THIS, written by deaf playwright Raymond Luczak and directed by Fred Beam, Feb. 26-28, 2021, in 1510 Lab Theatre. Curtis Higgs, a talented dancer cursed with low self-esteem, meets Dwight, a charismatic and funny hard-of-hearing dancer who is incredible onstage, yet exploitative of his friends offstage. It is through the hunger of wanting to be an unmistakable star like Dwight that Curtis learns the true value of friendship and gains faith in himself.

Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, directed by Andy Head, April 16-18, 2021, in Panara Theatre. It’s the 1980s. President Reagan sits in the White House while the AIDS crisis rages on. ​Caught in the middle are a Valium-addicted Mormon, her closeted lawyer husband, and two men ripped apart by an AIDS diagnosis. This is a story about fighting for survival, love, politics and God. In 1993, Angels in America, written by Tony Kushner, won the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

All four productions are planned to be fully accessible for deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing audiences, whether using captions, American Sign Language in the performance, interpreters or a combination. Angels in America is not appropriate for children under 12. 

Tickets for performances in Panara Theatre—$5 for students, senior citizens and children under age 12; $10 for RIT faculty/staff/alumni; and $12 for the public—will be available through rittickets.com, by phone at 585-475-4121 or at the door two hours prior to curtain time. Performances in the 1510 Lab Theatre are free. Tickets will be released on Eventbrite.

For more information, go to the Performing Arts theatre program webpage.

RIT/NTID alumna to perform National Anthem, ‘America the Beautiful’ in American Sign Language at Super Bowl, Feb. 2

30 Jan

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Internationally renowned performer, artist, and Rochester Institute of Technology/National Technical Institute for the Deaf alumna Christine Sun Kim ’02 (applied arts and sciences) will perform the National Anthem and “America the Beautiful” in American Sign Language as part of the Super Bowl LIV pregame festivities on Feb. 2 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

Born in California and now based in Berlin, Kim uses performance, video, drawing, writing, and technology to reflect on her experiences as part of the deaf community and to comment on the social and political operations of sound. A keen observer of language, Kim uses American Sign Language, music notation, televisual captioning, and other systems of visual communication that address the complexity of social exchange and the power of representation with humor and honesty.

The National Association of the Deaf and the National Football League work together to select who will perform prior to the game.

“I was a bit surprised when the National Association of the Deaf invited me to do the performance, and I’m very honored to do this,” said Kim. “I’ve done a number of lectures and performances, but never with such a huge audience like this. I have been nervous since day one, but I really enjoyed translating the National Anthem with my Deaf friends’ help and now it’s time to memorize every sign.”

While studying at RIT/NTID, Kim was a member of the NTID Student Congress, Student Life Team, and was a resident advisor. Of her time at RIT/NTID, Kim has said, “My experience has helped me on many levels and solidified my independence, interpersonal communication, and self-identity.”

After earning her undergraduate degree from RIT/NTID in 2002, she went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Kim has had solo exhibitions and performances at Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles; White Space Beijing; Carroll/Fletcher Project Space, London; and De Appel, Amsterdam. She has also had her work shown at Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal; Sound Live Tokyo festival; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y.; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, and MoMA PS1, New York. 

In 2015, Kim delivered a TED Talk titled “The enchanting music of sign language,” which has more than 400,000 views.

RIT/NTID alumna to perform National Anthem, ‘America the Beautiful’ in American Sign Language at Super Bowl, Feb. 2

30 Jan

light skinned asian american female with dark hair, glasses, dark lipstick and nails, wearing dark dress.

Internationally renowned performer, artist, and Rochester Institute of Technology/National Technical Institute for the Deaf alumna Christine Sun Kim ’02 (applied arts and sciences) will perform the National Anthem and “America the Beautiful” in American Sign Language as part of the Super Bowl LIV pregame festivities on Feb. 2 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

Born in California and now based in Berlin, Kim uses performance, video, drawing, writing, and technology to reflect on her experiences as part of the deaf community and to comment on the social and political operations of sound. A keen observer of language, Kim uses American Sign Language, music notation, televisual captioning, and other systems of visual communication that address the complexity of social exchange and the power of representation with humor and honesty.

The National Association of the Deaf and the National Football League work together to select who will perform prior to the game.

“I was a bit surprised when the National Association of the Deaf invited me to do the performance, and I’m very honored to do this,” said Kim. “I’ve done a number of lectures and performances, but never with such a huge audience like this. I have been nervous since day one, but I really enjoyed translating the National Anthem with my Deaf friends’ help and now it’s time to memorize every sign.”

While studying at RIT/NTID, Kim was a member of the NTID Student Congress, Student Life Team, and was a resident advisor. Of her time at RIT/NTID, Kim has said, “My experience has helped me on many levels and solidified my independence, interpersonal communication, and self-identity.”

After earning her undergraduate degree from RIT/NTID in 2002, she went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Kim has had solo exhibitions and performances at Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles; White Space Beijing; Carroll/Fletcher Project Space, London; and De Appel, Amsterdam. She has also had her work shown at Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal; Sound Live Tokyo festival; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y.; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, and MoMA PS1, New York. 

In 2015, Kim delivered a TED Talk titled “The enchanting music of sign language,” which has more than 400,000 views.

RIT’s online degree programs ranked among nation’s best in 2020

14 Jan

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Rochester Institute of Technology has been recognized for offering some of the best online programs in the nation.

The 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings, released today, featured RIT on its lists for business, computing, engineering and undergraduate online education. RIT ranked:

RIT also ranked on the list for “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs” as well as “Best Online Business Programs” for non-MBA graduate programs offered by Saunders College of Business.

“I am delighted that U.S. News and World Report is recognizing RIT’s online programs,” said Ellen Granberg, RIT’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “Whether a student logs on in the U.S. or overseas, they can have access to a world-class education from RIT’s outstanding faculty. Our innovative programs not only prepare students for today’s competitive workplace, but for the challenges they’ll face tomorrow as well.”

U.S. News updated the methodology this year to give credit to schools that provide online help with course registration, admissions counseling and building a résumé. Ultimately, the rankings measure whether online degree programs have academic standards equal with quality brick-and-mortar programs and are properly adapted toward the unique pedagogy of distance education.

The rankings are based on data collected from the nation’s colleges and universities, which are then weighted by certain criteria, including engagement, expert opinion, faculty credentials and training, student excellence, and student services and technologies. Altogether, 1,600 online degree programs are cataloged in the U.S. News searchable directory—an all-time high.

While these rankings only pertain to full degree programs, RIT also offers a wide variety of online education opportunities designed around industry standards, employer demand and the perspectives of our global network through RIT Online.

For more information about earning a degree through RIT Online, go to RIT’s Online and Professional Education webpage.

The full rankings are available online at the U.S. News Best Online Programs Rankings website.

RIT/NTID: Moving forward in 2019

24 Dec

Take a look at the ways RIT/NTID continued to move forward in 2019. Watch now.

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