Bragg to make appearance at Festival Clin d’Oeil in France

Dr. Bernard Bragg is scheduled to appear at Festival Clin d’Oeil, an international annual film festival in Reims, France. Reims is a 1 1/2 hour drive north east of Paris.

This year the festival runs from 2-5 July 2015. Famous international professional and amateur companies present their achievements in various disciplines: Theatre, Poetry, Visual Vernacular, One man show, Dance

Plans include showing more than 20 short and documentary films, 50 art exhibitors and 20 performances of the official program, street theater shows musical groups and “Deaf to the Party.”

Event Website: [French]


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Gallaudet to Induct Noted Performer and Artist Bernard Bragg Into Hall of Fame


Gallaudet University has announced its newest inductee to the Gallaudet University Hall of Fame, noted actor, poet, writer, director, artist, teacher, and prominent Gallaudet alum Bernard Bragg, ’52.

Established during the tenure of Gallaudet President Percival Hall, who served from 1910-1945, the Gallaudet University Hall of Fame began as a small collection of memorials and grew over the years. Prior to 1980, forty individuals were inducted.  The Gallaudet University Hall of Fame celebrates individuals who have made outstanding contributions that align with the University’s mission on a national or international scale. One of the oldest honors bestowed by the University, the Hall of Fame inducts people who are exemplars of service, stature, or achievement.


“Dr. Bernard Bragg is regarded as a passionate and energetic trailblazer for deaf people in the national as well as international arts communities,” said Gallaudet University President T. Alan Hurwitz.

Bragg will be inducted alongside such notables as Laurent Clerc, The Abbe Charles Michel de l’Epee, Presidents James A. Garfield and Abraham Lincoln, Gertrude Scott Galloway, Jack R. Gannon, I. King Jordan, among others.

In 2014, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the signing of Gallaudet’s charter by President Abraham Lincoln, the University’s Board of Trustees revived the Hall of Fame by inducting 14 people.  Every year thereafter, the Board of Trustees may select up to two individuals to be inducted. Bragg is the only inductee for the year 2015. Nominations for the 2016 cohort are currently being accepted and the deadline for nominations is July 31, 2015. Click here to learn how to submit a nomination.

Bragg will be officially inducted this September during President Hurwitz’s annual welcome back speech in Elstad Auditorium on the Gallaudet campus.

Click here to learn more about the Hall of Fame. Click here to learn more about past inductees.

Gallaudet University, federally chartered in 1864, is a bilingual, diverse, multicultural institution of higher education that ensures the intellectual and professional advancement of deaf and hard of hearing individuals through American Sign Language and English. Gallaudet maintains a proud tradition of research and scholarly activity and prepares its graduates for career opportunities in a highly competitive, technological, and rapidly changing world.

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Bragg Honored with Breakthrough Awards Gala

Marlee Matlin was Chair of the first “Break Through Awards Gala” hosted by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD). The event took place at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in California on March 13th. The Gala was sponsored by Google and Comcast NBC Universal. Henry & Stacey Winkler were co-chairs.

Dr. Bragg was among six recipients of the first ‘Breakthrough’ Awards. The NAD describes “Bernard Bragg, world renowned deaf theater artist and co-founder of the National Theater of the Deaf, for all that he has done in his own performances and also to develop and bring to the world highly trained deaf actors. David Kurs, director of the Deaf West Theater, presented him with the Legacy Breakthrough Award.”

“Until Bernard, the deaf community did not have a face,” DJ Kurs said.


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Bernard Bragg Selected by Gallaudet as a “Visionary Leader”


Bernard Bragg was selected as one of 15 visionary leaders highlighted over 15-month long celebration of 150 years of visionary leadership by Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.



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Bernard Bragg

Bernard Bragg – honoree at SF State’s 2013 Alumni Hall of Fame

Deaf theatre artist Bernard Bragg is credited as one of the first people to popularize mime in the U.S. As the deaf son of deaf parents, he spent his youth working to communicate with others and developed an interest in theatre. Bragg studied theatre at Gallaudet University and spent 15 years as a teacher at California School for the Deaf in Berkeley. During that time, he earned a master’s in special education at SF State and graduated in 1959. After studying under French mime artist Marcel Marceau in Paris, Bragg returned to the U.S. and became a prominent mime artist, performing across the country and starring in his own television show, “The Quiet Man,” on KQED. He later co-founded the National Theatre of the Deaf, whose national and international tours have helped change public perceptions of people who are deaf. Bragg’s international influence as an artist, director and playwright includes working with deaf theatre companies in Russia, Germany and Hong Kong, and lecturing across the world as part of a tour with the International Theatre Institute of the U.S. Bragg is the recipient of a Special Tony Award, an honorary doctorate from Gallaudet University and a special Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Federation of the Deaf.

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