NTID Performing Arts was established in the Fall of 1974, with the opening of the Institute's new permanent buildings, as integral part of the Institute's curriculum following the success of the student drama club founded by Dr. Robert Panara in 1969.
Originally named the Experimental Educational Theatre (EET), NTID Performing Arts offers a comprehensive curriculum of theatre courses and produces 6 productions and one outreach tour per season.
We are very proud of our student's accomplishments and our programs. Our success is demonstrated by the fact that, while we have no major in theatre, historically, the majority of Deaf theatre professionals have been NTID students or faculty. They have appeared, and continue to appear in national and regional tv commercials, network and cable television programs, major motion pictures and independent films, national and international theatre tours, Broadway, regional theatres, and international theatre festivals. Our programs and our people have been honored with numerous awards from theatre organizations to government agencies to corporations and private foundations.