Amanda McDonough’s recent credits include: ABC's "Speechless," NBC’s “Bad Judge,” ABC Family’s “Switched at Birth,” Chris Lilly’s Pilot series “Just Us Guys,” and films such as “Listen” directed by Michaela Higgins and "Silent Star" directed by Steven Sanders.. Her films "Passengers" and "Loud and Clear" have gone on to show in various festivals and win awards. Her film "Lady Electric" showed at Cannes Film Festival this year. Amanda's life story has even been the subject of documentaries such as USC's "Amanda" and radio broadcast stories such as KCRW's "Silence."
Amanda McDonough is an actress, speaker, advocate and published author of the autobiography "Ready to be Heard: How I Lost My Hearing and Found My Voice." She grew up just outside of LA, where acting came as second nature to her. At the age of 4, Amanda was inspired by her mother, who was an actress, to pursue her acting passion. At the age of 5 Amanda signed with her first agent and booked her first professional acting job, a national Honda commercial. Soon after she booked a guest lead role in an episode of “Unsolved Mysteries,” followed by an extensive list of commercials. At the same time she discovered her love of the theater. She debuted at 5 years old as an orphan in “Annie.” As she grew she went on to play the leads in productions including “The Music Man,” “Once Upon a Mattress,” “Taming of the Shrew” and many more. She graduated with honors from high school and was eighth in her class. She pursued higher education at California Polytechnic University, Pomona where she received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration- International Business and Marketing Management, with an emphasis in Entertainment Marketing.
Amanda is an advocate for Deaf rights, Equal Opportunity Education and Animal Rights. She currently resides just outside of LA.