Aaron Kelstone, Interim Chair, NTID Department of Performing Arts
Erin Auble, Curriculum Coordinator, NTID Department of Performing Arts
The performing arts certificate program offers deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing students the opportunity to develop knowledge of standard theatrical operating procedures as well as principles and practices of theater accessibility for deaf people, allowing them to work in professional, regional, and community theater. It also provides a solid foundation for those who wish to pursue further education in film, video, theater, and related forms of performing arts.
The performing arts certificate program was primarily developed to broaden employment opportunities for graduates in design and imaging, communications and related business areas, industrial technologies, and other fields by expanding their repertoire of marketable skills. It is designed to provide students with knowledge of theater terminology, practices and protocols, issues in script analysis, ASL translation and accessibility; and experience in performance and technical theater. Students must take three 3-credit courses from NTID’s Performing Arts Program and a production practicum (at least one credit hour) to meet the certificate requirements. The three additional courses are in areas such as stagecraft, acting, scenic and lighting technology, and scenic painting and props, to name a few.