The National Theatre of the Deaf (NTD) has appointed Betty Beekman as its new executive director, effective July 1. Beekman, a child of Deaf adults, had been serving as Interim Executive Director during the past year. Additionally, the organization has opened a main office at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center.

Working with NTD, Beekman directed touring productions of Stories in My Pocket and Stories in My Pocket Too for the Little Theatre of the Deaf (LTD), as well as directed LTD's contribution to the BBC program Planet World. She taught sign language techniques at the NTD Professional Theatre School, and was responsible for the community sign language program.

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