Patrick Graybill: a Deaf actor, performer and professor


Autiobiography of Patrick Graybill.

A historical mark was that Allen Ginsberg came to visit a group of Deaf students to discuss poetry. At one point, Patrick Graybill volunteered to demonstrate a translation of Ginsberg's piece into American Sign Language. See the video below starting at 2mins,35seconds.


Allen Ginsberg, Robert Panara and Patrick Graybill with Kip Webster

Patrick Graybill (1939-present) was born in Overland Park, Kansas. He was one of the seven children and five of these children were deaf.

Patrick was one of the founding members of the National Theatre of the Deaf in 1969 and was a member of the NTD from 1969 to 1979. He has taught in NTID's Performing Arts Department and Gallaudet University.

Upon graduation from Kansas School for the Deaf in Olathe, he enrolled Gallaudet College (later Gallaudet University), where he majored in English and earned his Bachelor's degree in English in 1963 and his Master's in Education at Gallaudet College in 1964.

After completing his Masters, he taught at the Kendall Demonstration Elementary School in Washington, D.C. in 1964. His career as a performer, storyteller, director, and teacher flourished. He retired in 2004.

Suggested readings

"Slope's American Sign language poetry". http://www.slope.org/archive/asl/

Harmon, Kristen (2009). "Graybill, Patrick." In Burch, Susan, ed. Encyclopedia of American Disability History. New York: Facts On File, Inc. American History Online. http://www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp? ItemID=WE52&iPin=EADH0307&SingleRecord=True (accessed December 4, 2015).

"Autobiography by Patrick Graybill." Deaf Culture Series. Salem, Ore.: Sign Enhancers, 1990. Videorecording.

Related posts: Reflections: a poem by Patrick Graybill.