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Nancy Cantabene collection on Lights On!

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITDSA-0116

Scope and Contents

The Nancy Cantabene collection on Lights On! includes a variety of materials related to the grassroots theater group. Several productions are represented in the collection with items such as posters, scripts, playbills, cast lists, photographs of various casts, and more. The dates of the collection materials range from years 1995 to 1998. The play with the most materials in the collection was “Deaf Smith”. The records in the collection contain various scripts, cast lists, financial statements, and organization-wide memos.


  • Creation: 1992-1998


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Lights On! Deaf Theatre was founded in 1991 as a grassroots theater company specifically for deaf people. The organization was formed by John Blevins, Patti Durr, and Dan Houlihan to provide deaf people with the opportunity to participate in all aspects of theater production, including writing, acting and directing. Additionally, the organization hoped to educate hearing people in the Rochester area on the deaf community by allowing them to "observe and appreciate deaf culture through theatrical events." In 1993, Lights On! was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to continue its operation while targeting deaf and hard-of-hearing children and youth. Nancy (Babin) Cantabene was a member of the group and donated this collection. The theatre group closed in 2001.


0.1 Linear Feet (1 large file box)




Documents related to the Nancy Cantabene collection on Lights On! a Deaf theatre group, based out of Rochester, NY. The materials within the Lights On! Deaf Theatre collection pertains to the various plays that were produced.


The first portion of the collection includes materials related to specific productions. These items are arranged by production with each of the major shows' materials housed within its own folder. This is followed by a series of administrative documents including meeting minutes and correspondence. Production posters are contained within a single oversize folder.

Physical Location

C.S. North, Shelf 233
C.S. North, Shelf 295, Poster Drawer 53

Other Finding Aids

In addition to this finding aid, an inventory is available below. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.

Nancy Cantabene collection on Lights On

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to the RIT Archives by Nancy Cantabene in July 2014.

Accession number(s): 2014:064

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lisa Witt in July 2014.

Nancy Cantabene collection on Lights On!
RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive
Lisa Witt
24 July 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA