The Variety Show
Written by Deanne Bray   
Saturday, 02 May 2009 03:24

Please support California School for the Deaf, Riverside (CSDR)

on May 8th (Friday) at 7 pm to 9 pm. 

$5 for students and $7 for adults. 

CSDR will have a Variety Show with a total of 30 students.  There are four different classes performing their class piece.  You will experience seeing 4 mini plays!

Spread the word for those who are near Riverside, California.

Hope to see you there!

3044 Horace Street in Riverside, CA 92506 in the Social Hall.

Independent Film "Universal Signs"
Written by Deanne Bray   
Saturday, 02 May 2009 03:15
Don't Miss the UNIVERSAL SIGNS World Premiere  
2008 Winner of the Philadelphia Film Festival Audience Award for Best Feature Film

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Date: Saturday, May 30, 2009 at two special screenings
Time: Matinee at 1PM and Evening at 7PM
Location: Keswick Theatre - 291 Keswick Ave., Glenside, PA 19038

FREE parking and easily accessible by train!
The Real Sue Thomas in Los Angeles on May 8th!
Written by Deanne Bray   
Saturday, 18 April 2009 22:01

The Real Sue Thomas in LA area May 8!

Sue Thomas, who I was fortunate to portray in the TV series “Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye,” will be speaking on May 8 at 7pm at Moorpark Presbyterian Church, 13950 Peach Hill Road, Moorpark, CA, north of Los Angeles.  The community is invited to attend and the event is free; a donation will be accepted.  Sue will speak her story; an ASL interpreter will interpret for the Deaf/deaf/HOH.

Sue Thomas is an amazing woman with an amazing story.  Profoundly deaf from the age of 18 months, she overcame significant obstacles, learning to read lips so well that the FBI put her in surveillance! She also had one of the first ‘hearing’ dogs.  These experiences led to a TV series inspired by her life, “Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye."

 Now living with Multiple Sclerosis, Sue travels the world with her service dog Katie, inspiring thousands as they laugh, cry and are challenged by her message of hope.

 A simple reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall.

 For more information, go to

If you’re on Facebook, you can also get more information and rsvp here:

If you are not in the Los Angeles area but know people who are in the area, spread the word about the Real Sue Thomas visiting.  I highly recommend people go.  She will naturally reach out to your heart.

Women of Faith
Written by Deanne Bray   
Saturday, 18 April 2009 00:33

For those of you who are going to Women of Faith in Ohio on April 24th weekend, I might see you there as well!  I will be in Ohio on April 23rd til 25th.


Animal Planet - Update
Written by Deanne Bray   
Friday, 17 April 2009 22:41

"Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye" is the first and only drama Animal Planet has had.

I'm sad to tell you that they have now decided that it is not a fit for their network-  so they will not be running any more episodes.

While Animal Planet received more letters, emails and phone calls of support for "Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye" than they have ever received for any show - thanks to all of you! - ultimately, the network felt the ratings weren't not what they wanted.

We greatly appreciate your amazing support - and keep checking in, we may soon have some good news to report soon!

Thank you all!
Comments for Animal Planet
Written by Deanne Bray   
Thursday, 09 April 2009 23:08

If you have time, go to to make a comment on how much you appreciate Fbeye airing on Animal Planet. They like to hear from their viewers. 

The FBeye episodes air on Monday nights at 9 pm eastern/pacific time starting from April 6, 2009.  I believe the episode with Troy (Deaf guest star) will be airing at the end of April or May 4th.  Enjoy!

Thanks for watching us and for supporting the Fbeye team.

DeafTV Interview
Written by Deanne Bray   
Sunday, 29 March 2009 10:28

DeafTV Interview about the Sue Thomas FBEYE Series

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SUE THOMAS: F.B.EYE on Animal Planet
Written by Deanne Bray   
Friday, 13 March 2009 18:58


Unprecedented Primetime Series Inspired By True Story of F.B.I’s First Deaf Surveillant and her hearing dog, Levi

“Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye” premiering Monday, April 6, with a two-hour opener (8:00 – 10:00 p.m., ET/PT) on ANIMAL PLANET, is inspired by the true story of Sue Thomas, who although profoundly deaf from the age of 18 months, overcame significant obstacles to work surveillance for the F.B.I., with the help of her loyal hearing dog, Levi.  This 9:00 p.m. Monday night series is a coming-of-age, suspenseful drama starring Deanne Bray, a severely deaf actress who like Sue Thomas, was strongly encouraged by her parents to speak and read lips as well as sign.  “Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye” is entertainment aimed not just at hearing audiences but at the more than 28 million deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States (10% of the population).
Troy Kotsur in Milwaukee, Wisc!
Written by Deanne Bray   
Monday, 08 September 2008 03:10

Troy will be giving a one man show on September 27, 2008.

Deaf & Hard of Hearing Alliance's Inspired: Art of
ASL Festival in Milwaukee will be having a few performers performing at this event and Troy is one of the performers.  If you are near, swing on by and support Troy and all of the other performers.  Schedule is below.  Troy performs at 11:30 am to 12:20 pm.  Or  2:50 pm to 3:40 pm.  

Performances times are: 

 Windhover Hall

Milwaukee Art Museum
Windover Hall (sailing structure)
700 N. Art Museum Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202


10:15AM-10:30AM                         Opening statements       Opening

10:30AM-11:20AM                         Jeremy Quiroga            
Marika Kovcas-Houlihan

11:30AM-12:20AM                         Troy Kotsur                  
Jolanta Lapiak

12:30AM-1:20PM                           Gerry Reyes                 
Jason Hurdich


1:50PM-2:40PM                             Jeremy Quiroga            
Marika Kovcas-Houlihan

2:50PM-3:40PM                             Troy Kotsur                  
Jolanta Lapiak

3:50PM-4:40PM                             Gerry Reyes                 
Jason Hurdich

4:50PM-5:40PM                             Terrylene                    
 Joey Baer

5:50PM-6:10PM                             Closing statements       
Closing statements



Women In Theatre's 5th Annual Red Carpet Awards
Written by Deanne Bray   
Thursday, 04 September 2008 20:10

Hello friends,

I'm happy to announce that I'm one of the Women In Theatre's awardees. Women In Theatre is an organization that empowers professional performing artists in theatres through performance, education, and networking.  I was inspired to learn that WIT awarded a scholarship to a graduating senior high school student, Bronwyn Reed, from Los Angeles High School last June who plans to continue her education in performing arts at Standford. As an educator, I love it when deserving students get recognition of their hard work and passion. Thanks to WIT for honoring young performers like Bronwyn.  In October, WIT will have their 5th Annual Red Carpet Award event in recognizing several awardees.

The luncheon will take place on October 18, 2008 from 11 am to 2:30 pm at:

The Castaway Restaurant—Mountain View Ballroom
1250 E Harvard Rd
Burbank, CA 91501

For for more information about tickets and with some questions you may have, go to this link

Hope to see you there,


Movie Night at CSDR!
Written by Deanne Bray   
Thursday, 01 May 2008 01:15

Check this out!

California School for the Deaf (CSDR) is hosting a competition called Movie Night on May 8 and May 10, 2008.  This is the 4th annual competition in the west.  Students made short films for a few months doing preproduction, production, and post production and submitted their hard work for Movie Night.  5 schools are involved this year and they are:

  • California School for the Deaf Fremont (CSDF)
  • California School for the Deaf Riverside (CSDR)
  • Marlton High School (From Los Angeles)
  • Texas School for the Deaf (TSD)
  • University High School

Tickets are selling out fast.  Browse at CSDR's website at to find out more information.

5 judges will be viewing the short films along with an audience full of staff, students, families, friends, and the Deaf/hearing communities.  Awards will be given out for best Screenplay, best  picture, best actor, best supporting actor, and more!

Yep, I will be there as one of the judges on May 10, 2008.

Hope you can join us!

Deanne Bray 


Pricing for the "You're Pregnant: What to Expect" dvds.
Written by Deanne Bray   
Wednesday, 19 March 2008 14:18
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Announcing the prices of the new Pregnancy dvds that are currently selling.  

The product contains 3 dvds of about 2 hours each which includes voiceover, subtitles, and it is all in American Sign Language.  Cohosted by a lovely and energetic woman, Missy Keast, and a fabulous and graceful woman, Deanne Bray!


Consumer Edition:  For personal use and at home 

$ 99.95

Professional EditionPublic Performance License for public performances, classroom presentations and academic libraries.

$ 199.95 



To order pregnancy dvds, go to or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Deaf Folklore Pepsi Commercial!
Written by Deanne Bray   
Thursday, 31 January 2008 20:32
On Superbowl night, this is a groundbreaking moment for the Deaf community!  Stay tuned during commercial breaks and catch one of our deaf folklore pepsi commercial!

To view a clip of it, go to utube,
What's airing next?
Written by Deanne Bray   
Saturday, 19 January 2008 23:55
I will be in a scene in Hallmark's CBS tv movie.  The movie will be airing soon, "Nothing Sweet in My Ear," starring Marlee Matlin and Jeff Daniels.  There are other Deaf artists in the movie as well such as Phyllis Frelich, Ed Waterstreet and Shoshana Stern.  Plus deaf children will be in it!  Stay tuned...
Premiere! Your Pregnancy: what to expect
Written by Deanne Bray   
Sunday, 09 December 2007 11:00

Premier in Arizona Soon.

Actual time and place TBA 

Click here to view website.
Released! Your Pregnancy: what to expect
Written by Deanne Bray   
Thursday, 22 November 2007 11:37

 Pregnancy Video

Pregnancy dvds are finally being released!  I am proud to announce that we will have a premiere on November 30th from 4 pm to 6 pm at Cinespace located in Hollywood on Hollywood blvd.  You are invited to see the 45-minute premiere . Movie starts at 4:45 or 5 pm depending on guests' arrival.

We hope you can come and celebrate with us!

6356 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA
November 30, 2007
4 pm to 6 pm

- Deanne

Going to Pennsylvania
Written by Deanne Bray Kotsur   
Saturday, 03 November 2007 14:23

Hello friends!

Just an update in letting you know that Troy Kotsur, Kyra and I will be going to Pennsylvania.

Troy is doing a play, "Zoo Story" on November 9th to 10th.

I will have a Q and A with an audience on November 11th.

Come and join the fun!  All the details of the times and locations are at this website.

Hope to see you there!

Spread the word to your friends who live nearby the event.

Oct 6th at the El Rey Theatre.
Written by Deanne Bray Kotsur   
Monday, 01 October 2007 00:00

This Saturday on October 6th at the El Rey Theatre.

Come and watch the world's only known Deaf rock band, Beethoven's Nightmare. Deanne will be one of the signing performers with a few of their songs.

visit their website,

Happy October!

DEAF ACTORS in Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Written by Deanne Bray Kotsur   
Thursday, 29 March 2007 00:00

APRIL 3rd, 9 PM

After much rumor and anticipation - NBC has made it official!
Law & Order: Criminal Intent is featuring an episode called "The Silencer" starring a talent-heavy cast of Deaf actors, including:

  • Deanne Bray
  • Alexandria Wailes
  • Garrett Zuercher
  • Darren Frazier
  • Hillary Baack
  • Willy Conley
  • Raymond Luczak

Adding to the excitement, NBC broke history by hiring the most Deaf extras for a network TV episode.

Please tune in to your local NBC provider on Tuesday, April 3rd at 9pm to watch the exciting bullet-ridden drama unfold!

Also, if you plan to watch this episode with a group of friends, please, please, please turn your TV on, or record the episode so the Nielsen ratings go through the roof! Then more Deaf actors will be asked back to work!

Tell all your friends and family to tune in!

Support your friends! Support your acting community!

Also tune in on april 19th, "Scrubs" with Troy Kostur and a little Deaf boy! The episode is called "My Words of Wisdom".

Meeting Marlee Matlin
Written by Deanne Bray Kotsur   
Monday, 17 April 2006 00:00
I went to Vancouver BC to work on Showtime's program, "The L Word" with Marlee Matlin. The 2 episodes will air sometime in january or February. I had no idea what kind of actress Marlee was in terms of working on set with her and who she really was as a person. I was alittle nervous on my way to Vancouver BC not knowing what to expect. When Kyra and I arrived at the hotel, I received a welcome note from Marlee. We got together for lunch to talk about the scene we're in. Some actors don't take the time to do that because of their busy schedule. Well, let me tell you, Marlee is a very busy person with a loaded schedule and yet she found the time to get together and spend time with me and Kyra. During my stay in BC, I find Marlee a very supportive person in general! I ended up having a great time working with her on set as a professional actor staying in focus with my character. She was easy to work with.
2006 Feb 25 and 26th - The Vagina Monologue
Written by Deanne Bray Kotsur   
Thursday, 02 February 2006 00:00

Deanne will be performing in "The Vagina Monologues" as part of the V-Day Berkeley DeafHope 2006 campaign. V-Day is part of a worldwide campaign to raise awareness and funds for preventing violence towards women and girls. ALL funds in their entirety raised by this production will be donated to DeafHope, "a nonprofit organization established to end domestic violence and sexual assault against Deaf women and children through empowerment, education and services."

Please forward this information to everyone you know to help spread the word about this cause.

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