Deanne was "discovered" performing as a young adult in a dance group for people who are deaf.
Deanne was born with a severe hearing loss that might have been caused by German measles. She is deaf in her right ear, and uses a hearing aid in her
She is currently living in Arizona with her husband and daughter.
She was the MC of the Friday night performance at the International Sign Language Theater Festival in October 2007
Deanne and Troy's daughter, Kyra is hearing.
On the 25th and 26th of February 2006 Deanne Bray performed in The Vagina Monologue. This was part of the V-Day Berkeley DeafHope 2006 campaign.
She was invited by NBC to appear at the 2005 NBC 17 Heath & Fitness Festival.
In the Summer of 2006 a DVD about pregnancy was released and was produced by Deanne Bray and Missy Keast. It was in ASL.
Deanne Bray's daughter Kyra Monique Kotsur weighed 7lb 11ozs at birth.
Deanne Bray was in charge of the sign language in the Sue Thomas F.B.eye episode To Grandmother's House We Go.
Deanne Bray served as the Mistress of Ceremonies at CelSign 2006.
Deanne Bray is approximately 5 feet 7 and a half inches tall.
Deanne learned ASL when she was around 14 years old.
She earned a B.A. degree in Biology at California State University at Northridge.
She has worked with California's Deaf West Theatre and the National Theatre of the Deaf.
Deanne Bray communicates both through spoken English and also American Sign Language.
First discovered while performing with the Deaf dance troupe Prism West.
Her role models include Phyllis Frelich, Linda Bove, Freda Norman, and Sue Thomas, who her show is based on.
She is sometimes credited as Deanne Lee Bray.
She was born with a hearing impairment possibly as a result of German Measles.
Her favorite quote is the African proverb: "It takes a village to raise a child."
Her husband Troy Kotsur is also deaf.
She is a math and science teacher for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
She wears a hearing aid in her left ear.
She is profoundly deaf in her right ear and has a 78db hearing loss in her left ear.
Deanne, and her husband Troy Kotsur, welcomed there first child, Kyra Bray-Kotsur, to the world on September 8th 2005.
Deanne established a program for deaf children called "Little Bookworm Club" which was mentioned on "Endings and Beginnings."
Deanne Bray: I think at the end of the day, if you have the talent, and you stand above the rest, there is nothing in the world that can stop you.
Deanne Bray: Sometimes you know, we feel like we belong to another world, like this world is not for us. In such an environment, we need be honest and give it all we have to be the best in our work and prove ourselves to the world.
Deanne Bray: (About Sue Thomas) Sue is like a sister to me! She has been instrumental in my life and has taught me a great deal - I can't even start to put all of those learning's into words. She taught me about the challenges that we will face throughout our lives, and how we will have to keep proving ourselves, time and again to be accepted in the hearing world.
Deanne Bray: No one can depict an impaired person's role better than someone who is impaired.
Deanne Bray: Most of my friends from the deaf community, along with my hearing family, shaped me into who I am today.
Deanne Bray: (About those who can hear wondering why many deaf people don't speak as well as she does, and why some members of the deaf community do not feel that she truly embraces the deaf culture) I have the worst in both worlds, but I do have the best in both, as well.
Sue Thomas: (About choosing Deanne Bray to play her character in Sue Thomas F.B.eye) I saw it in her eyes -- which conveyed a loneliness and separation but held the inner strength. I told the producers to look no further -- they had found the actress.
Deanne Bray: (About Sue Thomas F.B.eye) Sue Thomas's story is one I deeply understand because like Sue, I'm deaf. My hope is that this show will not only entertain – I'm sure it will do that- but that it can also be a bridge between different worlds, that it can help everyone understand that we are all more alike than we are different.
Deanne Bray: My parents encouraged me from a very early age to blend with 'hearing people'. They encouraged me a great deal and taught me to face the challenges. I learnt young and have incorporated a lot of my childhood learnings into my lifestyle. Even if people accept you, living every single day as a hearing impaired is a challenge - a challenge that I have now grown to love.