Jill Bradbury holds BA degrees in Economics and English from the University of California, Irvine; an MA in Economics from George Mason University; and an MA/PhD in English from Brown University. She has received multiple grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts to support Deaf and DeafBlind theater. Other awards include an NEA grant for a 2023 Big Read focused on Ilya Kaminsky’s Deaf Republic. Bradbury also served as project director for the DC stop of First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare national traveling exhibition sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library (2016), for which she co-curated the exhibit, Shakespeare in American Deaf History. Publications include the collaborative essay "Protactile Shakespeare: Theater by/for the DeafBlind," Shakespeare Studies 47 (2019); “Audiences and ASL in Shakespeare Performance,” Shakespeare Bulletin 40.1 (2022); "Disability Embodiment and Inclusive Aesthetics," forthcoming in the edited collection Inclusive Shakespeares: Identity, Pedagogy, Performance (2023); and “Shakespeare and Sign Language,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Shakespeare (forthcoming). With RIT colleague Andy Head, she is writing a book on integrated Deaf/hearing theater that will be published by Palgrave in 2024. Her work has been featured in a Folger Shakespeare Library podcast on Shakespeare in Sign Language (2016) and in Humanities, the Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities (2021). She currently serves on the board of the National Theatre of the Deaf.
Staging Deaf and Hearing Theatre: A Practical Guide. Co-authored with Andy Head. Forthcoming. Palgrave 2024.
“Disability Embodiment and Inclusive Aesthetics.” Forthcoming in Inclusive Shakespeares: Identity, Pedagogy, Performance. Palgrave, 2023.
“Sign Language.” Primary co-author, with Miles Drawdy. Stanford Global Shakespeare Encyclopedia. Forthcoming 2023.
“Audiences, American Sign Language, and Deafness in Shakespeare Performance.” Shakespeare Bulletin. 40.1 (2022): 45-67.
“Protactile Shakespeare: Inclusive Theater by/for the DeafBlind.” Primary author with NEA Art Works grant participants. Shakespeare Studies 47 (2019).
“Response to Robinson, Carol. ‘Go Ask Alisoun: Geoffrey Chaucer and Deafland (deafness as authority).’” Co-author. Literature Compass 15:6 (2018).
Support for Organizations ($148,500) for DeafBlind Performing Arts. New York State Council on the Arts. 2023-2026.
Grants for Arts Recipient ($25,000) for Bilingual Titus Andronicus with Play On Shakespeare. National Endowment for the Arts. 2023.
Vitality Fund ($5,000) for Immersive Hamlet and DeafBlind Access. Rochester Area Community Foundation. 2023.
Theater Access Fund Plus ($5,000) for Performance Captioning. Theatre Development Fund. 2023.
NYSCA Regrant ($5,000) for Protactile Children’s Play Planning. Rochester Area Community Foundation. 2022.
Big Read Grant Recipient ($20,000) for Deaf Republic. National Endowment for the Arts. 2022.
Grants for Arts Recipient ($25,000) for Protactile Children’s Play. National Endowment for the Arts. 2022.
Covid-19 Relief Funding Grant Recipient ($218,000) for Deaf Performing Artists Master Class Series. National Technical Institute for the Deaf. 2021.
Anti-Racism Scholarship Grant Recipient ($15,000) for Anti-Racism in Deaf Theater Online Convening. National Technical Institute for the Deaf. 2021.
Art Works Grant Recipient ($25,000) for DeafBlind Theater Initiative. National Endowment for the Arts. 2017.
Other Significant Scholarly Work
Thy Name is Woman. Immersive stage adaptation of Hamlet, by William Shakespeare. Co-created with Andy Head and Alexa Scott-Flaherty. 2022-2023.
Project Director, Big Read: NTID. Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts' Big Read Initiative.April 2023.
Stage adaptation of Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky. Produced at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester Institute of Technology. April 2023.
Art, an Insurgency. Work Inspired by Deaf Republic. Exhibit co-curator with Pamela Kincheloe. Ohringer Gallery, Dyer Arts Center. National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester Institute of Technology. April 2-28, 2023.
Protactile Shakespeare: Theater for the DeafBlind. Documentary film. Director, writer, and editor. Produced by Gallaudet Video Services. 2019. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btB_nePm860
Shakespeare in American Deaf History. Exhibit co-curator with Meredith Peruzzi. Jordan Art Gallery. Gallaudet University October 7-30, 2016.
Project Director, District of Columbia Host Site for First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare Traveling Exhibition sponsored by Folger Shakespeare Library, American Library Association, and Cincinnati Museum Center. 2016.
In the News
June 6, 2023
RIT/NTID and School of Performing Arts present 2023-2024 theatrical season
The 2023-2024 theatrical season featuring a partnership between RIT’s School of Performing Arts and NTID's Department of Performing Arts will include a celebration of Deaf rap and hip hop, an adaptation of Hamlet, a multimedia dance production, and several immersive theatrical performances, among others.
March 29, 2023
RIT/NTID kicks off NEA Big Read project April 1
In Ilya Kaminsky’s Deaf Republic, villagers’ deafness becomes an act of revolt against a totalitarian government, and their use of sign language unites them as a community. These themes, along with others throughout the book, resonate with the contemporary experience of deafness in the United States.
August 31, 2022
Renovations to NTID performing arts spaces close theater this fall
Major renovations this fall at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf will impact several areas of Lyndon Baines Johnson Hall.