Shoshannah Stern Biography (1980-)

was born in Walnut Creek, California. Along with her brother and sister, she represents the fourth generation of a deaf family. She attended Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, the only Liberal Arts University for deaf people in the world. There she pursued her love of theater, winning numerous awards for her performances, and continued to dream, as she had since she was a child, of becoming a professional actor.Picture 1

While playing a rape victim on The Division opposite Marlee Matlin, she impressed the director so much he decided to create a role for her on his new show, Threat Matrix.

After Threat Matrix ended, she landed a recurring role on Weeds, the Golden Globe winning comedy, playing the girlfriend to the son of Mary-Louise Parker for two seasons. She also originated the role of Susan in Open Window at the Pasadena Playhouse to stellar reviews.

On Shoshannah’s first day of auditioning for traditional roles, she landed the role of Bonnie Richmond on Jericho. The character was not originally written as deaf until Shoshannah received the role. She went on to portray her for two seasons, making her the only deaf actor in history to have roles on two prime-time television shows at the same time

She then moved on to her first lead role in a film, Adventures of Power, opposite Adrian Grenier, Jane Lynch, and Michael McKean. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in February 2008, where Shoshannah was honored as one of the Seven Fresh Faces in Film.

Most recently, she has guest starred on Cold Case and appeared in the television movie, Sweet Nothing in My Ear, opposite Marlee Matlin and Jeff Daniels.

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