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Bernard Bragg

Bernard BragThis exceptional man is named Bernard Bragg. He is known as "BB". Son of deaf parents, he was born in Brooklyn, New York, on September 27, 1928. He was influenced by his father Wolf Bragg, who was a talented actor. In fact, his father founded a deaf amateur theatrical group.

Bernard graduated in 1947 from New York School for the Deaf (Fanwood) in White Plains, then he went to at Gallaudet College. He was in several plays and won the "Best Actor of the Year Award" twice.

mimeAfter graduation, he became a teacher at the California School for the Deaf in Berkeley. While he was acting in a San Francisco nightclub, he met famed French mime, Marcel Marceau, who invited BB to study mime in France. BB became such a daring and skillful showman that author Robert Panara called him “The Houdini of Pantomime.”

In the year of 1966, BB was a founding member of National Theatre of the Deaf. He was the first deaf person to join the company and he stayed for the next ten years.

Bernard traveled the world, educating the public about the art of sign mime and universal language of deaf theatre. He was artist in residence at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C.and has worked with Deaf West Theatre Troupe. Today, he continues to entertain audiences.