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Jill Bradbury

Department Chair

NTID Department for Performing Arts
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Jill Bradbury

Department Chair

NTID Department for Performing Arts
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Bio

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. In 2016, Bradbury received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for a DeafBlind Theater Initiative, which resulted in a documentary video,  ProTactile Romeo and Juliet: Theater by/for the DeafBlind. She received a second NEA grant in 2022 to develop a children’s play with Protactile Theatre. Other awards include an NEA Big Read grant in 2022, focused on Ilya Kaminsky’s Deaf Republic. She 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 Romeo and Juliet: 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; and “Shakespeare and Sign Language,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Shakespeare (forthcoming). 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.

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Publications

“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).

Grants

Big Read Grant Recipient ($20,000). National Endowment for the Arts. June 2022.

Grants for Arts Recipient ($25,000) for Protactile Children’s Play. National Endowment for the Arts. May 2022.

Covid-19 Relief Funding Grant Recipient ($218,000) for Deaf Performing Artists Master Class Series. National Technical Institute for the Deaf. September 2021.

Anti-Racism Scholarship Grant Recipient ($15,000) for Anti-Racism in Deaf Theater Online Convening. National Technical Institute for the Deaf. September 2021.

Art Works Grant Recipient ($25,000) for DeafBlind Theater Initiative. National Endowment for the Arts. December 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. October 2016.

Other Significant Scholarly Work

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.

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