Performing Arts in the Deaf World (Theater (NTD is the oldest existing…
Performing Arts in the Deaf World
NTD is the oldest existing touring company in the U.S and has preformed all over the world.
The Deaf West Theater was the first professional regional sign language theater in the western half of the U.S, which was founded in 1991.
The National Theater of Deaf was established with the help of federal funds.
DWT have won over 80 different awards and two of DWT's performances appeared on Broadway.
Deaf schools started to integrate plays, and performances in the 1950s.
Many Deaf actors move from the theatrical stage to the film making stage, which lead to bigger roles in movies or shows.
Deaf students preformed roles from original text that deaf storytellers wrote, as well as poetry.
The first documented theatrical tradition began in 1817 at the first school for the deaf.
Appropriation is a big deal in the Deaf community because they are not fond of hearing people signing music.
Deaf people take it as offensive, when a hearing person uses ASL to translate a song.
Hearing interpreters practiced the lyrics and movements in order to translate a hearing performance to Deaf people.
Hearing people don’t have bad intentions; however it takes the attention way from Deaf performers.
In 1955, Gallaudet Dance Company was founded and the NDDT was established in 1988.
Neuroimaging studies showed that when Deaf people felt the vibrations of music, it triggered the same part as the brain as the part where hearing people.
Deaf music integrates visual and tactile rhythmic elements, doesn't have to be based on being able to hear or not.
Catalina Moreno was casted as a Deaf person for a movie, she is hearing, and it circled the surface of the Deaf community which started activism against it.
Even today, people do not cast Deaf people in movies, in which the main character is Deaf.
Linda Bove is another Deaf actress who played a role in Sesame Street from 1971-2003. She then became a founder of the DWT along with her husband.
Even if deaf people struggle with getting roles, they are still participating in so many performing arts areas, like dancing, modeling, fighting, and etc..
Bernard Bragg became an actor after traveling with Marcel Marceau in 1956, he them co-founded the NTD.
There was a television show where it was all deaf people and they signed the entire time, then the association of Alexander Graham criticized it for having an inappropriate sign language usage.