The New York Times called him "a virtuoso of an exuberant actor." Alternative-rock musician Perry Farrell invited him to perform on stage with the punk rock band Jane's Addiction; heavy metal rockers Twisted Sister invited him to sit in, even after he became a rabbi.
And, by the way, Rabbi Darby Jared Leigh, '08, is profoundly deaf. In fact, he is one of only a handful of deaf men and women ever ordained as rabbis by any of the major rabbinical seminaries in the
Leigh's route to the rabbinate may have been circuitous, but he is grateful to
Leigh graduated and became assistant rabbi at Bnai Keshet, a Reconstructionist synagogue in
Originally a native New Yorker and fire-juggling Generation Xer, Leigh toured as a leading actor with the Tony award-winning National Theater of the Deaf. Both The New York Times and Variety reviewed favorably his 1997 performance as the lead in Henrik Ibsen's Peer Gynt.
In 2001, he provided consulting services for the Oscar-nominated documentary Sound and Fury and for Hands ON, an organization that provides sign-language interpreting for Broadway and off-Broadway productions.
Leigh has taught issues related to deafness for organizations such as the New York City Fire Department, the American Musical and
Watch a two-minute video portrait of Leigh that was filmed while he was a student at RRC.