Artist Bio

Antoinette Abbamonte

(Bio as of February 2003)

Antoinette Abbamonte most recently appeared at the Goodman in By the Music of the Spheres during the 2002/2003 Season. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, to deaf parents. She has worked for many years in theater, film and television. In Los Angeles, she performed with Deaf West Theatre, where she was nominated for an Ovation Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She has appeared at Greenway Court Theatre in Sonnets for an Old Century; at the Group Repertory Theatre as Gloria in At Last Long Leo (a role or iginally not intended for a deaf person); and at Deaf West Theatre as Martirio in The House of Bernar­da Alba. Favorite roles include Queen Margaret in Richard III at Shotgun Players, Anna in The Lower Depths at American Conservatory Theatre, The Snow Queen with 450 Geary Theatre, Holly in A Deaf Family Diary with Signrise Cultural Center, The Shadow Box at Jackson The­atre, and Laura in The Glass Menagerie and Sarah in the national tour of Children of a Lesser God at Cleveland Signstage Theatre. She wrote and directed The Cliff at March Works and directed The Rover at City College in San Francisco. Ms. Abbamonte has taught acting at American Conservatory Theatre, the Deaf Arts Counsel’s summer camp at Reif-Mar Studio, and helped set-up nine theaters of the deaf around the U.S. through Signstage’s Instant Theatre Residency Program. She was the sign-master for Marin Shakespeare Festival, and John Leguizamo’s Freak. She has taught American Sign Language with Vista for many years in New York and California. Her video Sign and ABC’s was released through Alymar Press. She has studied with the National The­atre of the Deaf and American Conservatory Theatre. Film and television credits include E.R., Angel and End Game. She is currently writing two plays, Tales of the Subway and Butterfly, for future production.

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