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Patrick Graybill collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITDSA-0046

Scope and Contents

Patrick Graybill collection materials include two posters of NTID theater productions, programs from the National Theater of the Deaf, and a wooden plaque presented to Graybill from the cast of NTID's Arsenic and Old Lace in November, 1983. Also included are photographs of Graybill, newsclippings, and a blu ray disk of a National Theatre of the Deaf performance of Woyzeck starring Graybill.

Box 1 Folder 1: newspaper clippings and photocopies articles about Patrick Graybill and the National Theater of the Deaf. 1970s-1990s.

Folder 2: 1976 Smithsonian magazine with Theater of the Deaf on the cover; 1973 Saturday Review of The Arts; 1969 magazine clipping of article about Theater of the Deaf; 1972 Spotlight publication of National Theater of the Deaf.

Folder 3: Nation Theater of the Deaf mailer for Gilgamesh production; National Theater of the Deaf program for Gilgamesh production; two copies of programs for The National Theatre of the Deaf productions of “Sganarelle” and “Songs from Milk Wood” at the Dallas Theater Center, 1970. "Woyzeck" blu ray, circa 1970

Folder 4: Three photographs of Patrick Graybill, circa 1976

Folder 5: "Out of the Box" poster and playbills, September 2017

Box 2 Plaque commemorating production of “Arsenic & Old Lace.” Inscription reads “Pat Graybill from the cast of ‘Arsenic & Old Lace’ Nov. 1983.” Wood, acrylic, photographic prints, metal.

Oversized folder: NTID Theatre at RIT poster for Arsenic and Old Lace production, 1983; NTID Theatre at RIT poster for A Christmas Carol production, 1982.


  • Creation: 1970-1991

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Patrick Graybill attended the Kansas School for the Deaf, and earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Gallaudet University. Graybill worked in deaf theatre, and joined the National Theatre of the Deaf in 1969. He has also taught in the performing arts department of the National Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology. He served as the 2009-2010 Deaf Artist-in-Residence at the Rochester School for the Deaf (RSD), teaching students in public speaking, acting, and storytelling. In 2010, RSD renamed its annual storytelling festival “The Patrick A. Graybill Storytelling Festival,” in honor of his contributions to the Deaf community.


2 Linear Feet (1 Oversize lid box and 1 half document box)




Collection of clippings, photos, and theater posters relating to Patrick Graybill, faculty member at National Technical Institute for the Deaf.


Collection materials are arranged by format.

Physical Location

C.S. Mid-range, Shelf 331

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number(s): 2009:21, 2018:022, 2019:073

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in October 2011, updated by Ella von Holtum in 2019.

Patrick Graybill collection
RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive
Amy Vilz
18 October 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA