Deaf Arts, 2000 - now

1990 - 2015: Handtheater 1990 - 2015: Handtheater

  • Handtheater was a unique organization in the Netherlands that was active in the field of performing arts and cultural education in sign language from 1990 to 2012.

2001: Foundation of Teater Manu (Norway) 2001: Foundation of Teater Manu (Norway)

  • In December 2001, Theatre Manu was established. The theatre's strategy document states that the theatre will be the best theatre in the world with its roots in deaf culture and the environment.

    Theater Manu is Norway's sign language theater. Teater Manu has developed into a state-funded institutional theater with eight employees, which has an office and stage at Grünerløkka in Oslo.

    Theater Manu is a touring professional theater with high quality performing arts, a young cultural institution that is recognized both nationally and internationally.


2001: Foundation of Signdance Collective International (UK, NL) 2001: Foundation of Signdance Collective International (UK, NL)

  • The Signdance Collective is a touring performance company that was established in 2001. The company is culturally diverse with a team of experienced deaf and disabled artists at the helm.

    The company is one of the first in the world to utilise and introduce the concept of inclusive practice with a specific focus on disability-deaf led team work.

2002: Foundation of Deafinitely Theatre Company (UK) 2002: Foundation of Deafinitely Theatre Company (UK)

  • In 2002 Paula Garfield founded Deafinitely Theatre alongside Steven Webb and Kate Furby having become frustrated with the barriers deaf actors and directors faced in mainstream media. 

    They are the first deaf launched and deaf-led theatre company in the UK that works bilingually in British Sign Language and spoken English, producing work that caters to audiences of all ages. 

2003 - ...: Festival Clin d'Oeil (FR) 2003 - ...: Festival Clin d'Oeil (FR)

  • The Festival Clin d'Oeil is an international sign language arts festival created in 2003, taking place every two years in July for four days. Several artistic fields are represented: theater, dance, cinema, visual arts, street performances, etc.

2013 - ... :École de Théâtre Universelle (FR) 2013 - ... :École de Théâtre Universelle (FR)

  • The first generalist theater school in sign language immersion, the ETU offers a two-year diploma course.

    The theater school, exclusively in sign language, is generalist, demanding, diploma-based and based on pedagogy by project. This innovative research site is enriched by numerous partnerships and exchanges.