Why Hearing Actors Playing Deaf Characters Still Sparks Backlash

TheWrap Special Report: “We know right off the bat whether the intents of the artists are genuine,” Deaf West Theatre artistic director DJ Kurs says

This story is the third in a three-part Spotlight on Deaf Actors

When deaf actress Deanne Bray was auditioning for the PAX crime series “Sue Thomas: F.B. Eye” to portray a real-life deaf FBI agent, she was alarmed to encounter more hearing actresses auditioning for the part of a deaf character than actresses like herself.

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Brian Welk

Film Reporter • brian.welk@thewrap.com • Twitter: @brianwelk