We created the show because deaf characters, in television and film, are often solely defined by that very trait. As a result they’re not fully realized or three-dimensional, which sucks because characters, like people, are very boring if they are only one thing. With our show, we want to introduce the world to deaf characters written by deaf people, who lead intersectional lives that are complicated, funny, and sometimes heartbreaking, but never defined solely by their deafness.
— Shoshannah and Josh

Shoshannah Stern (Creator, Writer, and role of Kate)

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 received a random casting call for OFF CENTRE.  She booked the role, which led to numerous guest-starring roles on television series including PROVIDENCE, BOSTON PUBLIC, ER, THE DIVISION, and COLD CASE.

Her film credits include a cameo as Matthew Broderick’s girlfriend in THE LAST SHOT and ADVENTURES OF POWER, opposite Adrian Grenier and Jane Lynch, for which she was honored at the Sundance Film Festival. She was also the lead in THE HAMMER, which swept awards in every festival it appeared in.

Shoshannah originated the role of Susan in OPEN WINDOW at the Pasadena Playhouse and appeared as Sarah in CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD at Deaf West Theater for which she received a Best Actress nomination for the LA Weekly Theater Awards.

However, Shoshannah is probably best known for her recurring and regular roles on television, including THREAT MATRIX, which was created for her, Showtime’s Golden Globe winning WEEDS, LIE TO ME, and JERICHO, another role written specifically for her.  

Most recently, Shoshannah appeared as Helen Keller in the pilot of Comedy Central’s ANOTHER PERIOD to stellar reviews and on SUPERNATURAL, playing another character written with her in mind. 

Josh Feldman (Creator, Writer, and role of Michael)

Josh is a writer who won a Young Playwrights Award from Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and has had his work published in online publications as well as in Hustler magazine. He’s from a deaf family and went to Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. During his first few years in L.A., he worked as a script reader and as a writer at an immigration law firm before focusing exclusively on writing and acting.

Anna Kerrigan (Director, Executive Producer)

Anna Kerrigan is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker with a background in independent film, digital storytelling and theater. Her Gotham-nominated digital series THE IMPOSSIBILITIES (2015), which she wrote and directed,  has been featured on such outlets as The Huffington Post, The Daily Dot, and Indiewire, and was licensed by Hulu.

Her first feature, FIVE DAYS GONE (2011) a drama, played the Nantucket and Brooklyn Film Festivals (Best Screenplay). With her feature HELLO STRANGER, Kerrigan participated in Film Independent's Producer and Directors Labs. An accomplished playwright as well, Kerrigan was a 2014 Williamstown Theatre Festival Sagal Fellow with her musical THE DIXON FAMILY BAND. Her play THE TALLS (2011) premiered at Second Stage’s McGinn Cazale Theater.

A former member of Ensemble Studio Theater’s Youngblood Playwrights, she has developed theater projects with readings and residencies at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Ensemble Studio Theater, Naked Angels and SPACE at Ryder Farm.

After graduating from Stanford, Kerrigan lived and worked in New York City for ten years.  She's been a dog walker, a barista, a publicist, a receptionist, a waitress and a producer of true crime reenactments.

Aaron Costa Ganis (role of DANNY)

[Film] Lazy Eye, First Love, Blood, Sand, and Gold, Price For Freedom, Straight Outta Tompkins, A New York Love Story, This Mess We're In, [TV]  "Jessica Jones" (Netflix), "Odd Mom Out" (Bravo) "American Odyssey" (NBC), "Unforgettable" (CBS). [Edu] M.F.A., NYU Graduate Acting Program; B.A., Brandeis University, University of Oxford.

Lucas Near-Verbrugghe (role of RYAN)

LUCAS NEAR-VERBRUGGHE Theater credits include Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson on Broadway directed by Alex Timbers, Love Labour’s Lost and Macbeth at the Public Theater, as well as revivals of The Common Pursuit directed by Moises Kaufman and The Ritz directed by Joe Mantello both at the Roundabout Theater Company.  He has appeared in the world premieres of Rob Askins’ Permission at MCC, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s boom at Ars Nova, Bekah Brunstetter’s Oohrah!, and the New York premiere of Leslye Hedland’s Assistance.  Los Angeles theater credits include Seminar at the Ahmanson and Need to Know at Rogue Machine directed by Bart DeLorenzo. Film credits include Our Idiot Brother, A Birder’s Guide to Everything, and The Bad Guys as well as the upcoming Lazy Eye, The Tiger Hunter, and the short Point and Shoot opposite Donald Sutherland. Television: Josh Porter on NBC's Grimm, Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU.  Lucas has an MFA from NYU. 

Darryl Stephens (role of Gabe)

Darryl Stephens’ television credits include Noah’s Arc, DTLA, Private Practice, 2 Broke Girls, Survivor’s Remorse and Reed Between the Lines. Film credits include Pee Wee’s Big Holiday, Beyond the Lights, Boy Culture, and Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom. His latest book, REQUIRED READING: How to Get Your Life for Good, is part memoir-part motivational, and offers a candid view of his experience as a gay black actor in Hollywood, along with his take on issues like dating in the age of apps, the fragility of black masculinity, and impact of religion on our self esteem. He’s thrilled to be involved with The Chances as he loves exploring and sharing stories of underrepresented communities.

Wilson Cruz (role of Tom)

Wilson Cruz has most recently been seen as Kenji Gomez-Rejon on FOX television's ensemble drama, THE RED BAND SOCIETY, starring Oscar winner, Octavia Spencer.  

Early in his career, Wilson won the hearts of audiences playing “Rickie Vasquez” on MY SO CALLED LIFE.  It was the first openly gay teenager role to air on network primetime televison.   He has continued to earn fans and critical acclaim on television, film and stage.  

Wilson played the critically acclaimed role of “Angel” on Broadway and in the West Coast Premiere of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony award winning musical RENT. His portrayal earned him The Los Angeles Ovation Award and Dramalogue award. He also starred in Tick, Tick, BOOM! at the Westport Country Playhouse, West Coast Premiere and its First National Tour.  

Wilson has portrayed a long line of memorable and poignant characters on television, from one of TV's first transgender characters in the Emmy nominated episode of ALLY MCBEAL, to series regular roles on PARTY OF FIVE, RICK AND STEVE, THE HAPPIEST GAY COUPLE IN THE WORLD and recurring roles on THE WEST WING, NOAH’S ARC, PUSHING DAISIES, THE CLOSER, NCIS, AMERICAN DAD, RELATED, MONK, ER, THE FINDER, and HUSTLING.  

Wilson’s career has equally translated to success on the big screen in both studio and independent films. His film credits include HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU, SUPERNOVA, NIXON, THE PEOPLE I’VE SLEPT WITH, PARTY MONSTER, COFFEE DATE, JOHNS, ALL OVER ME and METH HEAD.   
On the frontlines of LGBT advocacy, Wilson Cruz recently served as the Director of Entertainment Industry Partnerships and national spokesperson for GLAAD, the nation's leading LGBT media advocacy organization.  

He will next be seen in the series, HEARTBREAKERS on NBC.