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Performing Arts

The Performing Arts Program produces three shows a year, including a fall play, a winter dance concert, and a spring play that is often directed by a student. Students take on all kinds of roles—on stage, back stage, and in the theater box office. Alumni have gone on to appear in professional theater and Hollywood productions as well as performed the national anthem at a Super Bowl. Students take on production roles that match their interests: directing and assistant directing, set design, costume design, ASL translation of scripts, choreography, and light design. These experiences provide students with creative challenges that foster critical thinking and planning skills, all while building self-esteem and lasting friendships. Performances take place in MSSD’s Theatre Malz, a 400-seat auditorium that is often packed with parents, fellow students, teachers and students from visiting schools, and community members. Catch our next show!

Fall Showcase 2019: Canceled 
38th Annual Winter Dance Concert 2020: Love of Life
Produced/Directed by Yola Rozynek

This year MSSD celebrates bringing 38 years of outstanding dance performances to the stage of Theatre Malz, highlighting our talented high school dancers and choreographers, and introducing audiences to a wide array of professional deaf and hearing dance companies. Join us for this year’s “Love of Life”.

Explore the ethereal world of dance and experience imaginative visions on stage as seen through movement, light, music, and video.

Audiences will experience a myriad of dance styles: Jazz, Modern, Indian Traditional, Indo-West Fusion, African, Hip-hop, Emotional, Theatrical Modern, and Improvisation as expressed by the talented MSSD dancers and a variety of professional guest companies.
Performance dates:
Thursday, February 6, 2020, at 10 a.m. (Audience Q&A after the show)
Friday, February 7, 2020, at 8 p.m. 
Saturday, February 8, 2020, at 8 p.m.
Spring Play 2020: To Be Determined

Performance dates:
Thursday, April 30, 2020, at 10a.m. (Audience Q&A after the show)
Friday, May 1, 2020, at 7 p.m. 
Saturday, May 2, 2020, at 7 p.m.

Ticket prices and reservations:

$10 – Adults
$9 – College students/senior citizens with I.D.
$5 – Children (ages 13-17)
$3 – Children (ages 4-12)
$3 – Per person for school groups
Free – Children (ages 3 and under)

Theater location:

Theatre Malz, at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD) on the campus of Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002-3695


Contact Yolanta Rozynek

Yolanta Rozynek: light purle shirt with purple scarf and blonde hair in a bun

Yolanta Rozynek

Performing Arts Specialist

(202) 250-2152 (VP/VRS)

(202) 651-5109 (fax)