The world was his stage for deaf performer, playwright and director Bernard Bragg.
He dazzled audiences as the co-founder of the world renowned National Theater of the Deaf, performed in Moscow with a Russian theater group, studied with famous French mime artist Marcel Marceau in Paris, and was a visiting professor and artist-in-residence at Gallaudet University and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology.
More importantly, the 86-year-old Bragg who lives in Los Angeles, was a lifetime friend to his mentor, Robert F. Panara, poet and pioneer of deaf studies at NTID who died last July at the age of 94.
Two students from RIT, Jean Pietrowski and Allison Thompson, became enamored with Bragg’s legacy—and with help from RIT Archive Collections—curated a memento-filled exhibition, Lessons in Laughter: The Life and Times of Bernard Bragg, at the RIT Museum space on the 3rd floor of The Wallace Center. The show runs through April 10 and opens with a reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30—with guest speaker Aaron Kelstone, program director of NTID Performing Arts.