Betty Beekman is the new executive director of the National Theatre of the Deaf, now based at the Monte Cristo Cottage in New London, operated by the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford.
Beekman had been serving as interim executive director during the past year.
The company, now in its 45th year, will maintain an office on the campus of the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford.
Beekman, a child of deaf adults, worked for the company when it was based in Chester and ran the community sign language program, directed the company's storytelling hour on the Green and worked as education and outreach coordinator and tour director.
She also created curriculum, taught courses and performed workshops at several colleges. She also developed and directed "Stories In My Pocket" and "Stories in My Pocket Too" for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 national tours of the Little Theatre of the Deaf. She also taught sign language techniques at the NTD Professional Theatre School.
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