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‘Switched at Birth’ actor Sean Berdy to speak at TROY

September 14, 2017

TROY’s Interpreter Training Program will host “An Evening with Sean Berdy,” which will include a motivational speech, musical performance and meet and greet.

Berdy, an actor most known for his role as Emmett in Freeform’s (ABC Family) award-winning drama “Switched at Birth,” will visit Troy University on Sept. 28.

The 24-year-old deaf actor began his journey on “Switched at Birth” in 2011, which is finishing up its fifth season this year. He was awarded the DeafNation Inspiration Award for Entertainment in 2012 for the impact his role had on the deaf community.

After accepting the role as Emmett, Berdy moved from Florida to California and finished his high school education remotely while filming.

Off set, he worked on a variety of projects to benefit the deaf community, including ASL music videos and performing live at Disney. Berdy also worked on the animated movie “Ice Age: Continental Drift” by providing the first on-camera ASL performance that plays in a window in the corner of the screen when the movie is played on DVD.

“This is a wonderful event for our deaf students to see a successful deaf individual,” Judy Robertson, director of the interpreter training program, said.

According to Robertson, Berdy chooses to speak at universities that have American Sign Language programs that he feels are doing positive things in the field.

“We were contacted by his manager — so it was a great honor for him to choose us,” Robertson said. “This is a great opportunity for our program to get some positive exposure.”

For ticket information, visit: https://seanberdy.ticketleap.com/troy/.

“I encourage non-program students to attend to get that exposure to deaf culture,” Robertson said.

The event will be held in the Claudia Crosby Theater on Thursday, Sept. 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that the tickets are free to students. Tickets may be purchased online at the link above.

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