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Virtual Festival: January - March, 2023
In-Person Festival: March 16-18, 2023 in Salt Lake City, UT

About Us

National Deaf High School Theatre Festival is an educational theatrical competition for young Deaf actors across the United States.

The NDHSTF gives young Deaf performers the ability to perform on a national stage, refine their skills through competition and feedback, use ASL as their medium for acting, witness professional theatre in an accessible language, and socialize with like-minded Deaf peers.

Are you a high school teacher or administrator
that would like to register your Deaf student/s?
Students must be Deaf and enrolled in High School.

Join us next year for the 2023

National Deaf High School Theatre Festival!

  • Theater Training Workshops over Zoom January-March 2023

  • Virtual Competition - details to follow.

  • In-Person Festival March 16-18, 2023, in Salt Lake City, UT at USDB

To register for the 2023 festival, please email:

2022 Festival

Building on the work started by Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind and National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) Sunshine 2.0 the 2022 festival partnered with Tony Award® winning Deaf West Theatre to create a truly rich experience.


Headquartered in Los Angeles, Deaf West Theatre has been performing sign language entertainment for over thirty years.


This year the festival featured newly established Theater Training

and a virtual Hand Flash Competition.


In addition, artists and educators from across the country presented workshops at this years festival. Our educators are talented, experienced and bring real-world training to the table.

The 2022 Festival had over 100 participating students from across the country and the in-person final performance was attended by over 350 people and streamed to a national audience on premiere streaming platform, Broadway On Demand

Festival Highlights '22

National Deaf High School Competition, Handflash!
2022 Teams

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Colored Theatre Lights

2022 Instructors

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Zain Ahmed

Storytelling &

Visual Vernacular


Shiann Cook


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Tyler Fortson



Harold Foxx



Natasha Ofili

Lateefah Patterson

Theatre Acting

Sunshine 2.0 Actor

Erika Chirino


Project Manager

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Fred Beam

Outreach Coordinator,

NTID Sunshine 2.0


David Kurs

Deaf West Theatre,

Artistic Director


1 person, 2-4 min, from published script


2-3 people, 3-5 min, from a published script


4+ people, 5-10 min, from a published script

asl artistic expression

1+ person, 1-5 min, original or borrowed ASL poetry/story/VV

Theatre arts

Mime, dance, set design, original script, makeup, editing, animation, etc.

2023 Festival Organizers

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Support for the National Deaf High School Theatre Festival is made possible by the generous support from The Kimball Family Fund.

Virtual Competition Categories