September 27, 1928: Born in Brooklyn, New York

1947: Graduates from the New York School for the Deaf (“Fanwood”)

1952: Graduates from Gallaudet College (now University)

1952-1967: Teacher at California School for the Deaf, Berkeley

1956-1967: Performs locally and nationally in nightclubs and theaters

1956: Studies with Marcel Marceau in Paris, France

1959: Graduates from San Francisco State University with a Master’s in Special Education

1967: Helps found the National Theater of the Deaf (NTD)

1967-1977: Performs and tours with NTD

1972: Featured in Signs of Silence: Bernard Bragg and the National Theatre of the Deaf, by Helen Powers

1973: Artist-in-residence with the Moscow Theater of Mimicry and Gesture

1975: Honored with an International First-Class Merit from the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD)

1977: Special Tony Award for Theatrical Excellence to the Actors of the National Theatre of the Deaf

1978-1995: Visiting Professor and artist-in-residence, first at NTID, then at Gallaudet

1979: Acts in and consults on “And Your Name is Jonah” on CBS; coached Jeff Bravin in the title role

1988: Honorary doctorate from Gallaudet University

1989: Bragg completes his autobiography, Lessons in Laughter: The Autobiography of a Deaf Actor

1994: Teaches deaf Swedish actors at the prestigious Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts

2001: Granted a Lifetime Achievement Award from WFD

2006-07: Tours in “Theatre in the Sky”

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