Talent search underway for new ABC Family series 'Switched at Birth'

From ABC Family Casting Department:

ABC Family is looking for an amazing young, deaf actress to star in a new TV series (and two male deaf actors too)!

The show revolves around Daphne, a smart, confident and well-adjusted deaf teenager who has her world turned upside down when she discovers that she was switched at birth with another girl.

If you meet the characters' requirements below, submit a video of yourself by October 15th, 2010. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU MUST SIGN A WAIVER BEFORE SUBMITTING ANY VIDEO.

For more information about the project, including instructions on how to submit your video, and how to get a copy of the waiver, please go to

[DAPHNE] - THIS ROLE HAS BEEN CAST. Actress must be deaf or hard of hearing and must speak English well, American Sign Language preferred. Age range from 16 to early 20’s to play high school. Actress is to be light-haired or willing to dye hair blond for the role, and if the show moves to series, actress must be willing to relocate to Los Angeles in February.

Smart, confident, and well-adjusted Daphne is stunned to learn that she and Bay Kennish were accidentally switched at birth 15 years ago. Having grown up in a working-class household as the only child of a single mom, she is excited to meet her new parents, and especially thrilled at the idea of having brothers and a dad. But balancing two families is trickier than she expected, particularly because her biological parents have never been around anyone deaf, and are eager for her to enter a mainstream school and a less deaf-centric world.

[EMMETT] - 16, actor must be deaf or hard of hearing, must be fluent in American Sign Language. Emmett is Daphne's best friend. Raised by deaf parents and educated in a deaf school, Emmett doesn't talk orally, and is more comfortable in a deaf world. Rugged, reserved, a young deaf James Dean.

[PENN] - late 30’s or 40’s. Male, actor must be deaf or hard of hearing, must speak English well. Penn is Emmett's father and Daphne's mother's best friend. Penn is the one who educated Daphne's mother about the importance of learning sign, schooling Daphne in a deaf world, etc.

Again, if you would like to audition, go to:

Find the audition scenes and the instructions on how and where to submit your video.

Hurry - we need to find our actors in the next couple of weeks! And please spread the word - if you know a "Daphne", "Emmett", or "Penn", tell them about this and help them audition! This might just be the break that makes someone’s dreams come true!

ABC Family auditions and casting information for new series 'Strut'

Dark Toy Entertainment is the production company behind the new upcoming ABC Family series "Strut". The series will be part of a trio of new shows that the network is adding to it's lineup, the others being "Switched at Birth" and "Nine Lives". The network just concluded a record-breaking summer that included the debut of its new hit series "Pretty Little Liars", "Melissa and Joey", and the return of "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" and "Make It or Break It".

Norman Buckley will direct as well as co-produce. Buckly has directed such ABC shows as "Greek", "Make It or Break It", "Pretty Little Liars", as well as numerous other series and films.

Casting Society of America Artios Award nominated casting directors Brett Greenstein and Collin Daniel are currently casting the series regulars as well as recurring roles. Greenstein / Daniel Casting has previously cast the ABC Family series "10 Things I Hate About You", and the ABC Family telefilms "Happy Campers" and "Ex-Mas Carol".

Strut is a cast-contingent pilot. Cast contingent means that the pilot will not go ahead unless a solid lead actor is cast, in this case the role of Roxie Coker, a 30ish Las Vegas showgirl who has great dance skills and thinks-out-side-the-box.

Strut is under AFTRA contract. Any person who has performed or intends to perform professional work in any one of AFTRA's jurisdictions is eligible for membership. Professional performers, recording artists, or broadcasters can join online by clicking here.

Shooting will begin in late November or early December, 2010 in Los Angeles.

Principal Actor Casting:

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

Please submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Brett Greenstein
Collin Daniel
STRUT Casting
6671 Sunset Blvd.
Suite 1527
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Extras Casting:

To be announced.

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies (they will most likely end up being thrown away), they do not cast the films. They hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

ABC Family
3800 W. Alameda Ave
Burbank, CA 91505

Dark Toy Entertainment
3800 Barham Blvd.
Suite 207
Los Angeles, CA 90068

Producers: Karey Burke, Charlie Stratton, Norman Buckley, Anna Mastro, L.A. Damon

Director: Norman Buckley


To Be Cast


Centers on a fed-up Las Vegas showgirl named Roxy who unwittingly gets married to a Texas stranger after a night of drinking. She ends up moving to The Lone Star State, and when her Texas groom dies in a freak accident, she decides to stay and become a high school instructor for a misfit struggling drill team. Roxy uses her background as a dancer to connect with the group of high school outsiders, specifically awkward teen Meg. When Roxy takes it upon herself to shape them into a bona fide strutting team of performers, she turns the town upside down in the process.