National Theatre of the Deaf

National Theatre of the Deaf – MILESTONES


Linda Bove with Henry Winklerin the television series 
"Happy Days" Workshop with Actors from National Theatre of the Deaf Linda Bove with Big Bird on "Sesame Street" Appearing on "Sesame Street"
Ian Sanborn, Coleen Foy, Greg Anderson, Shanny Mow with Zoe the Muppett Zelda Rubinstein in a scene from National Theatre of the Deaf's production of "Sleepy Hollow" Mr. Rogers with National Theatre of the Deaf actor, Tim Scanlon

2016

  • National Theatre of the Deaf celebrates 49 years of touring the nation and the world and is the longest ex-isting touring theatre company in the United States
  • Four one-act programs tour in repertory consisting of both NTD and LTD programming
  • National Theater of the Deaf hosts the second annual Theatre Immersion Program for high school-aged students and performs and tours to venues in Connecticut

2015

  • Residency at the O’Neill Theater Center for development of new work – “It’s in the Bag”
  • NTD’s first annual Theatre Immersion Program for high school-aged students takes place at the American School for the Deaf
  • NTD and Theatre Immersion Program students tour across Connecticut for the Fourth Annual Summer Storytelling event to the Mark Twain House & Museum, Hygienic Art Park, and Northwestern Connecticut Community College

2014

  • National Theatre of the Deaf, sponsored by the Japanese Federation of the Deaf, Nippon Foundation, and the Tottori Prefectural Government, performed at the inaugural theatre arts conference in Japan for sign language, education, and theatre arts.
  • National Theatre of the Deaf performs for the Third Annual Summer Series at New London, CT’s Hygienic Art Park
  • Residency at O’Neill Theater Center for development of new work – “A Show of Hands”
  • Residency in Faribault, MN working with students from the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf (MSAD) in workshops and rehearsals for “See Our Signs!”
  • Residency in Salinas, CA working with deaf and hard of hearing students at the National Steinbeck Center to perform the “W5” and “Stories in My Pocket Too”

2013

  • NTD premiers "Diaries of Adam and Eve" at Bernard Bragg's 85th Birthday Fundraiser "Celebrating NTD's First Actor at the Place Where It All Began
  • NTD performs "Journeys of Identity" at the Old State House through sponsorship of Hear Here Hartford
  • "Little Theatre of the Deaf performs for the Second Annual Summer Series at New London, CT’s Hygienic Art Park 
  • Residency at O’Neill Theater Center for development of new work – "See Our Signs"
  • National Theatre of the Deaf performs in Connecticut Department of Public Health’s Preparedness Video

2012

  • Betty Beekman appointed Executive Director, NTD’s first woman and CODA (child of deaf adults) to hold the position.  
  • LTD performs for Hygienic Art Park Summer Series  
  • City of New London Water Authority Supports LTD performances
  • National Theatre of the Deaf celebrates 45th Anniversary
  • The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut along with state legislators and city officials celebrate NTD’s return to their first home first home with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony   
  • Corporate headquarters return to the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center at the Monte Cristo Cottage, New London, Connecticu  
  • Residency at Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, workshop, The W-5

2011

  • US Department of State’s International Visitor Program bring esteemed Deaf visitors from Argentina to meet with NTD in West Hartford.  
  • NTD performs in New York City at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts as part of Portraits in Dramatic Time project. July 5-28  
  • Betty Beekman named Interim Executive Director
  • Residency at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, workshop new works  
  • Stephan Fry (actor) and the BBC tape segment with LTD at the O’Neill for episode on language that aired exclusively in the UK during October 2011.

2010

  • NTD and Connecticut’s Old State House present Journeys of Identity, October 12-17 
  • Residency at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, workshop, Journeys of Identity

2009

  • Connecticut Magazine Award for "Best Theatre Troupe" 2nd year  
  • LTD was named Best of Business in the Theatrical companies category by Small Business Commerce Association  
  • Little Theatre of the Deaf was issued an invitation by The American Institute in Taiwan to perform as an adjunct to the International Deaflympics from September 5 to 15.  
  • NTD Receives Best of West Hartford Theatre Award, 2nd year.

2008

  • NTD Celebrates 40th Anniversary at Angels Dinner Gala  
  • Connecticu Governor M. Jodi Rell Proclaims November 22, 2008 National Theatre of the Deaf Day.  
  • NTD Receives Best of West Hartford Theatre Award.     

2007

  • NTD celebrates its 40th anniversary   
  • Aaron M. Kubey, named first Deaf Executive Director

2006

  • LTD appears on episodes of "Sesame Street"

2005

  • LTD appears on episodes of "Sesame Street".    

2004

  • NTD moves its corporate headquarters to the campus of the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, Connecticu 

2001

  • LTD appears on the Disney Channel series Out of the Box.     

2000

  • NTD moves its corporate headquarters to Hartford, Connecticut

1998

  • NTD founder David Hays presents a workshop in Antarctica, making NTD the world’s first theatre company to appear on all seven continents.

1995

  • NTD performs in Art! Artists. Athletes. at the Connecticut Special Olympics World Games.

1994

  • NTD holds inaugural Deaf Theatre Conference (DTC) to encourage the work of Deaf playwrights from over 40 theatres of the Deaf around the world (theatres which came into existence in the wake of NTD’s groundbreaking work)

1993

  • NTD celebrates its 6,000th performance.  
  • NTD receives Deafness Research Foundation’s Media Award.  
  • NTD performs at The White House for the President and Mrs. Clinton’s first holiday celebration.  
  • NTD receives a Cable ACE Award nomination for One More Spring.
  • NTD becomes the first U.S. theatre to tour South Africa following the easing of United Nation’s sanctions.

1990

  • Company member Camille L. Jeter receives the Princess Grace Awards Foundation’s USA Fellowship.

1988

  • NTD is the only theatre from the West invited to the first Tokyo International Theatre Festival.     

1986

  • NTD becomes the first theatre from the West to perform in the People’s Republic of China.  
  • Company alumnus Howie Seago wins the Helen Hayes Award.     

1985

  • Company member Charles Struppmann receives the Itzhak Perlman International Scholarship.     

1984

  • NTD represents the U.S. at the Los Angeles Olympics Arts Festival.     

1980

  • The Crown Prince of Japan honors NTD during the first of four tours to Japan.  
  • Company alumna Phyllis Frelich wins Tony Award for Children of a Lesser God.     

1979

  • NTD receives a Connecticut Commission on the Arts Award.     

1977

  • NTD receives Tony Award for Theatrical Excellence.
  • Kennedy Center commissions Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.     

1975

  • Company member Linda Bove becomes a regular member of "Sesame Street" television cast.

1973

  • National Theatre of the Deaf films “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” in England featuring English stage and film actor, Sir Michael Redgrave.     

1972

  • NTD is in residence with Peter Brook in Paris.  
  • LTD represents the U.S. at the ASSITEJ International Children’s Theatre Conference.     

1968

  • NTD makes first its Broadway Appearance.  
  • NTD forms The Little Theatre of the Deaf (LTD) to reach out to young audiences and their families.  
  • NTD receives Outer Circle Critics Award.     

1967

  • The National Theatre of the Deaf (NTD) is established through funds received from the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare.
  • David Hays, Founder and Artistic Director establishes NTD’s first National Tour.   
  • NTD creates its Professional Theatre School.