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Theater, Original

  • By: Willy Conley
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

In the United States and abroad, there has been a rapid growth of programs in Deaf Studies, Deaf education, Deaf history, American Sign Language (ASL) teacher training, linguistics of sign language, and sign language interpreting over the past two decades. American universities are beginning to recognize ASL as a foreign language. Some primary and secondary schools teach students basic sign language. We are seeing more and more deaf actors on stage, and in film and on television. What all of this indicates is a considerable emerging interest in the art, culture, and language of deaf people. Perhaps one of the greatest catalysts for sparking this interest was the establishment of the National Theatre of the Deaf (NTD) in 1967, which first put Deaf theatre on ...

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