Actress, Deaf West Theatre
Actress Antoinette Abbamonte doesn’t let her deafness get in the way when it comes to her career in Hollywood. She appears in the pilot episode of Ryan Murphy’s highly-anticipated NBC comedy show The New Normal as a deaf mother married to an African-American man who also happens to be deaf. Created by envelope-pushing Glee alum Ryan Murphy, The New Normal is a heartwarming, half-hour sitcom about a blended family of a gay couple (Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha) and the woman (Georgia King) who becomes a surrogate to help them start a family. The show also stars Ellen Barkin and NeNe Leakes. Abbamonte was excited at the opportunity to work with creator/director Ryan Murphy, commenting “I really enjoyed working with Ryan Murphy. I loved watching him direct the actors and work the scenes. I basically studied him the whole time because I have a dream to become a director some day, too.”
Recently finished directing and instructing drama for the schools project with students who are also deaf, she is currently working at South Coast Repertory as ‘Peggy’ in Found on Pandora Avenue. In addition, Abbamonte stars in the newly released music video for the song “Alive” from rock band Adelitas Way, best known for the official WWE Superstars theme song “Invincible.” Directed by award-winning director Gavin Bowden, most recognized for his work with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Matchbox 20, the “Alive” video explores the intense but loving relationship between a deaf mother (Abbamonte) and her pre-teen hearing daughter.
Abbamonte has been breaking down barriers in Hollywood and encouraging others to do the same for years. She recently appeared on the ABC Family hit drama Switched At Birth and also on the wildly successful FOX sitcom Raising Hope. Coming soon, she’ll continue to bridge the gap into the hearing world with her insightful role in the upcoming indie short The Sense of Things. Antoinette’s footprint on this path first began when the Brooklyn, New York native, deaf from birth and raised in a deaf family, was accepted as the first deaf student at the renowned American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.) in San Francisco. She went on to study at the National Theatre of the Deaf, pushing herself and the other actors around her to new heights. She has performed on numerous stages around the country, including a national tour of Children of a Lesser God with Cleveland SignStage Theatre company. Always looking for ways to educate others, Antoinette has taught theatre workshops at A.C.T., Deaf Arts Council, Deaf Media, Opera Piccola, and scores of other schools and theatres for children.