Patrick A. Graybill

Actor, poet, storyteller

Patrick Graybill is a renowned actor, a master poet, storyteller, and teacher, and Roman Catholic deacon.

He's from Overland Park, Kansas, a family in which the parents were hearing but five of their seven children were Deaf. Everyone signed. He graduated from Kansas School for the Deaf in Olathe, and was inspired to pursue an acting career . . . and also loved storytelling. After graduating from KSD in 1958, he earned his B.A. degree in English at Gallaudet College in 1963. There was no Theater or Drama major, and Robert F. Panara encouraged him to major in English. After earning his Master's degree, he taught educationally deprived sixth-graders at KDES, but became disillusioned.

NTID PHOTOThere was a Deaf community theatrical group in Washington—the Frederick H. Hughes Meorial Theatre—and he happily participated in its productions. He also studied for ordination at Catholic University's theological school, which was frustrating, as he had no support services. So he gladly accepted an invitation from the newly-founded NTD, joined the company in 1969, and spent 10 joyful years touring in over 15 productions. He also headed NTD's famed Professional Theatre School (Summer Program) for aspiring actors from 1971 to 1984. He taught for 23 years at NTID and participated in several productions, always bringing an inimitable grace and passion to his performances.

He was ordained as deacon in 1982, and served as Deacon of Rochester's Emmanuel Church of the Deaf for 32 years.

He has also performed ASL poetry, taught, given talks, conducted workshops, and participated in ground-breaking events, such as the 1984 workshop that brought together Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsberg and Deaf poets, in which Graybill delivered an unforgettable ASL rendition of Ginsberg's "hydrogen jukebox."

On February 4, 2017, NTID's Performing Arts Department officially named its green room (the actors' lounge/waiting room/snack area/library) in Graybill's honor—a complete surprise for him. The naming honors his contributions to NTID's Performing Arts program and his exemplary work.

PGlogo

Deaf Person of the Year
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Deaf Person of the Month: archives 2017
January 2017 February 2017 March 2017 April 2017 May 2017 June 2017
July 2017 August 2017 September 2017 October 2017 November 2017 December 2017
Deaf Person of the Month: archives 2016
January 2016 February 2016 March 2016 April 2016 May 2016 June 2016
July 2016 August 2016 September 2016 October 2016 November 2016 December 2016
Deaf Person of the Month: archives 2015
January 2015 February 2015 March 2015 April 2015 May 2015 June 2015
July 2015 August 2015 September 2015 October 2015 November 2015 December 2015
Deaf Person of the Month: archives 2014
January 2014 February 2014 March 2014 April 2014 May 2014 June 2014
July 2014 August 2014 September 2014 October 2014 November 2014 December 2014
Deaf Person of the Month: archives 2013
January 2013 February 2013 March 2013 April 2013 May 2013 June 2013
July 2013 August 2013 September 2013 October 2013 November 2013 December 2013
Deaf Person of the Month: archives 2012
January 2012 February 2012 March 2012 April 2012 May 2012 June 2012
July 2012 August 2012 September 2012 October 2012 November 2012 December 2012
Deaf Person of the Month: archives 2011
January 2011 February 2011 March 2011 April 2011 May 2011 June 2011
July 2011 August 2011 September 2011 October 2011 November 2011 December 2011
Deaf Person of the Month: archives 2010
January 2010 February 2010 March 2010 April 2010 May 2010 June 2010
July 2010 August 2010 September 2010 October 2010 November 2010 December 2010
Deaf Person of the Month: archives 2009
January 2009 February 2009 March 2009 April 2009 May 2009 June 2009
July 2009 August 2009 September 2009 October 2009 November 2009 December 2009
Deaf Person of the Month: archives 2008
January 2008 February 2008 March 2008 April 2008 May 2008 June 2008
July 2008 August 2008 September 2008 October 2008 November 2008 December 2008
Deaf Person of the Month: archives 2007
January 2007 February 2007 March 2007 April 2007 May 2007 June 2007
July 2007 August 2007 September 2007 October 2007 November 2007 December 2007

Site Terms | Contacts | Advertising | Privacy Policy

Any questions, comments, ideas, or concerns you’d like to share?  Contact us at editor@deafpeople.com.
Copyright © 2007 - 2016 MSM Productions Ltd. All Rights Reserved.