Shoshannah Stern 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.
During the winter recess of her senior year, she flew to Los Angeles, after receiving a random casting call for Off Center. She booked the role, which led to guest-starring roles on television series such as Providence, Boston Public, ER, The Division, Cold Case and a cameo as Matthew Broderick’s girlfriend in the feature film, The Last Shot.
While playing a rape victim on The Division opposite Marlee Matlin, she impressed the director so much he decided to create a recurring role for her on his new show, Threat Matrix. When the show wrapped, she went on to her second recurring role on Weeds, the Golden Globe winning comedy, for two seasons. She also originated the role of Susan in Open Window at the Pasadena Playhouse.
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 auditioned. 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.]
Shoshannah later appeared in the television movie, Sweet Nothing in My Ear, and participated in the Emmy-winning music video, “Yes, We Can,” which she went on to perform live at the 2009 Democratic National Convention alongside Will.i.am and John Legend.]She went on to appear as Sarah in the sold-out, thrice extended 30th year revival of Children of a Lesser God at Deaf West Theater to stellar reviews, including a Best Actress nomination from the LA Weekly Theater Awards. She also completed shooting her second lead role in the independent film, The Hammer, which has to date swept awards in every festival it has appeared in.
After this, she booked a recurring role on the third season of Lie to Me on FOX, where she played a graduate student from Princeton opposite Tim Roth. She then reprised her role as Megan for the final season of Weeds and appeared as herself in the award winning feature film No Ordinary Hero opposite Marlee Matlin, who also played herself.
After she appeared as Helen Keller in the pilot of Comedy Central’s Another Period to more stellar reviews, Shoshannah mounted a successful Kickstarter campaign to finance her own web series, Fridays, which she created, produced, wrote, and starred in. Along with her writing partner, Josh Feldman, she sold this to Super Deluxe, and with them shot 5 episodes and wrote 5 more. In the middle of this process, she guest starred on Supernatural as Eileen Leahy, a hunter who also happens to be deaf.