ABC Family hit series 'Switched at Birth' now casting it's second season

ABC Family Switched at Birth Casting Auditions

"Switched at Birth" season two is set to premier in early 2012.
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The ABC Family hit one-hour scripted drama "Switched at Birth" was officially renewed for a second season on August 17, 2012 and the casting director is auditioning actors for recurring, guest starring, and day player speaking roles. In addition to principal actors being cast, extras will be hired throughout the season consisting of at least 20 episodes. The series has become the number one Monday scripted cable television show in females 12-34. The series is set in Kansas City, Missouri, although it is filmed in Los Angeles. The first episode for season two begins shooting on October 22, 2012 at Santa Clarita Studios.

"Switched at Birth" is the story of two teen girls who discover that they were accidentally switched at birth. Bay Kennish grew up in a wealthy family with two parents and two brothers, while Daphne Vasquez, who lost her hearing as a child due to a case of meningitis, grew up with a single mother in a poor neighborhood. When the two families meet, the girls struggle with their identities as Bay relates to the artistic abilities of Daphne's mother, and Daphne is drawn to the athletic skills of Bay's father, as well as the family's friendly demeanor. The Kennishes learn that Daphne and her mom are facing financial woes and propose the Vasquezes move into their guest home. The new living situation forces the girls, along with both families, to understand their differences and embrace their similarities.

The cast includes Teen Choice Award nominee Vanessa Marano returning as Bay Kennish; Teen Choice Award nominee Katie Leclerc as Daphne Vasquez; Teen Choice Award nominee Lucas Grabeel is back as Bay's brother Toby Kennish; Screen Actors Guild Award winner D.W. Moffett plays Bay's father John; People's Choice Award winner Lea Thompson in the role of Bay's mother Kathryn; three-time ALMA Award nominee Constance Marie is back playing Daphne's mother Regina; French-American actor Gilles Marini is now a series regular playing Angelo Sorrento, the biological father of Bay Kennish; and Marlee Matlin portrays Melody Bledsoe, a deaf guidance counselor and a substitute basketball coach at the Carlton School for the Deaf, where Daphne attends.

Creator and executive producer is Lizzy Weiss, who also serves as the series showrunner. Weiss won a 2012 Gracie Award in the category of Outstanding Producer - Entertainment, for her work on "Switched at Birth". The Gracie Awards celebrate and honor programming created for women, by women, and about women. Also executive producing is Paul Stupin, who's other credits include "Dawson's Creek," "In Plain Sight," and ABC Family's "Make It or Break It"; three-time Primetime Emmy nominee Becky Hartman Edwards; and five-time Primetime Emmy nominee John Ziffren. Regular producer is Shawn Wilt.

Minors and foreign talent must be legally eligible to work in the state of California and in the United States.

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• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
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Principal Actor Casting

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

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

Los Angeles:

Deedee Bradley
11340 Moorpark Street
N. Hollywood, CA 91602

Extras Casting

Los Angeles:

Central Casting
220 South Flower Street
Burbank, CA 91502
Registration Information: (818) 562-2755
Do not send photos to Central, you must register in person.

Production Companies:

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

"Switched at Birth"
Production Office
Santa Clarita Studios
25135 Anza Drive
Stages 9 and 10
Valencia, CA 91355

ABC Studios
500 S Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91505

Producers: Lizzy Weiss, Paul Stupin, John Ziffren, Shawn Wilt, Becky Hartman Edwards

Directors: Steve Miner

Note: Various directors work different episodes during the season. In television shows composed of individual episodes, the television director's role differs from that of a film director in that he or she may work only on some television episodes as opposed to the director of an entire film production. In episodic television productions, the major creative control resides with a producer of the show. The television producer with creative control is called the showrunner, in this case Lizzy Weiss.


Katie Leclerc - Daphne Paloma Vasquez
Vanessa Marano - Bay Madeleine Kennish
Constance Marie - Regina Vasquez
D. W. Moffett - John Kennish
Lea Thompson - Kathryn Kennish
Lucas Grabeel - Toby Kennish
Sean Berdy - Emmett Bledsoe
Marlee Matlin - Melody Bledsoe
Gilles Marini - Angelo Sorrento
Ivonne Coll - Adriana Vasquez


Switched at Birth centers on two teenage girls who find out they were inadvertently switched as newborns in the hospital. Bay Kennish (Vanessa Marano) grew up in a wealthy family with two parents (D. W. Moffett and Lea Thompson) and a brother (Lucas Grabeel). Meanwhile, Daphne Vasquez (Katie Leclerc), who contracted meningitis and became deaf at an early age, grew up with a single mother in a working-class neighborhood. Things come to a dramatic head when the families meet and struggle to learn how to live together for the sake of the girls.