The Professional Theatre School, established by NTD in 1967 was the first professional theatre training program for the Deaf in America. It served to ignite the careers of many of the Deaf professionals now working within the entertainment industry. Some PTS graduates went on to establish their own theatres across the country and around the world. In 2000 the PTS program expanded the curriculum to include advanced training for professional artists in addition to offerings for young budding artists.
An intensive 4-5 week summer program for Deaf, hard-of-hearing, and signing artists, the PTS holds classes six days a week and examines all of the key elements of theatre. Specific class topics include acting techniques, script analysis, improvisation, play writing, dance and movement, stage combat, audition preparation, and workshop techniques. Meals and housing are included in the program tuition. This allows the actors in attendance to focus solely on developing their skills and encourages them to make valuable contacts with other theatre professionals attending the program outside the classroom.
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