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(L-R): Ian Sanborn, Colleen Foy, Zoe, Greg Anderson, and Shanny Mow

The National Theatre of the Deaf has made its home in Connecticut since it was founded in 1967. Funded by government grants, the group has developed theatre for children and has received acclaim for its adaptations of classic literature. To date, they have had over 10,000 performances world-wide.

In 1983, they collaborated with the Children's Television Workshop to develop a series of sign language pages with Linda Bove featured in the 15-volume series, The Sesame Street Treasury.


The National Theatre of the Deaf's Little Theatre of the Deaf, of which Bove was a founding member, focuses on young audiences. The group appeared on Sesame Street several times in the 1970s, beginning in Episode 0243. In their visits, they performed sign language versions of stories or poems, as well as pantomiming different occupations or activities. In addition to the likes of Ed Waterstreet and Timothy Near, who also appeared on their own as friends of Linda, and Tim Scanlon (who participated in cast inserts debuting in Episode 0587), the troupe members visiting Sesame Street from the 1970s through the 1980s included the following:

In the 36th Season, current members of the National Theatre of the Deaf filmed a series of "Sign Language Moment of the Day."

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