Bonnie Franklin

Long Beach Playhouse New Works Festival

Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts

Watts Village Theatre

Deanne Bray

Darby Cahill

Sheldon Epps

Barbara Gannen

Gai Jones

Deborah LaFranchi

Elizabeth Tobias

Granville Van Dusen


DEANNE BRAY is an award-winning actress, innovative educator and inspiring role model. She is also Deaf.

Born into a hearing family, she developed two languages through extensive training – Spoken English and American Sign Language. With her mother’s loving support, Deanne became a positive person who believes she can do and be anything she puts her heart into.

Deanne’s extensive stage credits include the critically acclaimed World Premiere musical Sleeping Beauty Wakes (Kirk Douglas Theatre – Featured Performance nomination, LA Drama Critics Circle), Big River (Deaf West – Best Supporting Actress Award, Valley Theatre League), Road to Revolution (Deaf West – Best Actress Nomination, Robby Awards) and The House of Bernarda Alba (Best Ensemble, LA Weekly). She received Theatre LA/Ovation Award Nominations for Best Adaptation/Translation, translating the English of Oliver! into American Sign Language.

On television, Deanne starred for three seasons in the precedent-setting series “Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye,” and has guest starred in numerous series including “CSI,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”

As an educator, Deanne has taught science and math to deaf and hard of hearing students, receiving the East Los Angeles Teacher’s Award. She created “The Little Bookworm Club,” a literacy program for deaf and hard of hearing children. Most recently, she co-hosted and produced a 3 DVD set, “You’re Pregnant: What to Expect” with voice-over, subtitles and ASL. She is completing her Masters in Education.

Deanne is married to award-winning Deaf actor Troy Kotsur and is the proud mother of their beautiful daughter, Kyra.

For more info visit www.deannebray.com