Los Angeles, CA – Actress ANTOINETTE ABBAMONTE doesn’t let her deafness get in the way when it comes to her career in Hollywood, appearing in Ryan Murphy’s highly-anticipated NBC comedy show, THE NEW NORMAL. In the pilot episode set to debut on September 11, 2012, Abbamonte portrays a deaf Mother married to an African-American man, who also happens to be deaf.
Recently finished directing and instructing drama for the schools project with students who are also deaf. Is currently working at South Coast Repertory with the play called “Found On Pandora Avenue” as Peggy.
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.”
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 indie feature “Titus.” The film follows a young girl in search of redemption whose journey ultimately helps a deaf woman (Abbamonte) find her freedom.
This 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 and has performed on numerous stages around the country, including a national tour of “Children of a Lesser God” with Cleveland SignStage Theatre Company. Abbamonte has taught theatre workshops at A.C.T., Deaf Arts Council, Deaf Media, Opera Piccola, and scores of other schools and theatres for children. In addition, she participated in the children’s video “Sign and ABC’s” for Alymer Press, authored the children’s book “Tree Wise.”
Abbamonte is proud of her work off-screen as well, seeking to level the playing field for the non-hearing community. She recently negotiated with the Los Angeles Science and Discovery Museums to add subtitles to the educational films to ensure deaf children receive an equal opportunity to learn. In addition, she was responsible for garnering a large block of free tickets to the museums in which were donated to Deaf West Theatre, where she previously earned a nomination for an LA Ovation Award, and Marlton School, a public school for deaf and hard of hearing students in Los Angeles. She also participates on a committee for people with disabilities at the performers union, SAG/AFTRA.
Antoinette Abbamonte is represented by KMR Talent Agency.
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