Annie Sullivan is the “miracle worker” of the play’s title, and the play’s protagonist. A Massachusetts “Yankee,” as several of the Kellers like to call her, Annie grew up blind in a squalid almshouse with… read analysis of Annie Sullivan
Helen Keller is one of the two main characters of The Miracle Worker. In real life, she was one of the most famous Americans of her time: despite being blind and deaf, she learned… read analysis of Helen Keller
Kate Keller is the mother of Helen Keller and the second, considerably younger wife of Captain Arthur Keller. A kind and loving woman, Kate is a loyal mother to Helen, trying again and again… read analysis of Kate Keller
Captain Arthur Keller
Captain Arthur Keller is the gruff, middle-aged patriarch of the Keller family. He’s frequently confused about what’s going on, and seems much less sensitive to the needs of the rest of his family than Kate… read analysis of Captain Arthur Keller
James Sullivan / “Jimmie”
James Sullivan, Annie Sullivan’s little brother, is never seen onstage, but his voice is an important presence in the play. James and Annie grew up in extreme poverty, and eventually were taken to live… read analysis of James Sullivan / “Jimmie”
Aunt Ev is the sister of Captain Arthur Keller. A minor character in the play, she is nonetheless a staple character around the Keller household, taking care of Helen or making her dolls… read analysis of Aunt Ev
Anagnos is the director of the Perkins Institute for the Blind. In the play, Anagnos is Annie Sullivan’s teacher. He has known her since she was a child, and worked closely with her to… read analysis of Anagnos
The doctor who treats Helen Keller’s fever as an infant, shortly before it is discovered that Helen has lost her sight and hearing.
A prominent doctor who tries and fails to teach Helen Keller prior to Annie’s arrival.
A black servant who works for the Keller family.
A young black child—likely belonging to one of the Keller family’s servants—who spends time around the Keller household.
Baby child of Captain Arthur Keller and Kate Keller.
A black boy who is just a bit older than Helen. Helen likes him, and when he's older he helps Annie Sullivan to take care of and teach Helen in the garden house.