In 2021, deaf actress Sandra Mae Frank joined the cast of NBC’s New Amsterdam. She rose to fame with a Broadway show named Spring Awakening. After solidifying the fact that she is a veteran actor, she has landed roles in several movies, TV shows, and also in theatre.
So, who is the actress that plays Dr. Elizabeth Wilder in New Amsterdam? Learn about her with this Sandra Mae Frank Wikipedia.
Sandra Mae Frank On New Amsterdam
Actress Sandra Mae Frank joined the cast of NBC’s New Amsterdam as Dr. Elizabeth Wilder. It was important for her to join as a doctor because most of the deaf actors were often cast as patients.
Speaking about the character, the show’s executive producer David Schulner shared that Dr. Wilder is one of the few deaf surgeons in New York City who is Young, talented, and self-assured. She’s also one of the best surgeons, period.
But when Max tries to lure her to New Amsterdam, she refuses to join his team. Many times. In high demand all over the country, what’s it going to take to get Dr. Wilder to practice at this fabled hospital? And who is she replacing?
According to David, these are just a few of the questions that will be answered in the season premiere.”
Is Sandra Mae Frank Deaf?
Yes, Sandra Mae Frank is deaf in real life. She was born three months premature to her parents and she could hear at that age. But her ability to talk and hear slowly faded away. And by the time she reached 3 years old, she lost her hearing ability completely.
However, Sandra doesn’t consider her deafness as a burden but a blessing.
Sandra Mae Frank Partner: Is She Married Or Still Dating?
On her Broadway production of Spring Awakening, Sandra Mae Frank played Wendla Bergmann lover of Melchoir Gabor which was played by actor Austin P. McKenzie. The chemistry between the two on set was so convincing that, most believed they also had to be dating off-screen.
In the post from June 2015, Sandra wrote, “It was love at the first sight, #Melchior… A year later, it still is. Strolling through the forest, holding hands, and exploring new things with you. You are my paradise as I yours. Thank you for joining this crazy journey with me and I can’t wait to meet you again in that #paradise. Forever yours, #Wendla”
“No matter where I am, I feel your heart beating… Always have and always will. #MelchiorandWendla” she wrote in another IG post from September 2015. Even on the red carpet, they appeared close. So the dating rumors surfaced regarding the actors.
Whereas, her next stage romance was with actor Christopher Tester in Fiddler On The Roof. However, it appeared both actors were only good friends with Sandra with no romance involved between the two.
As for her off-screen romance, Sandra Mae Frank was either dating in secret or wasn’t dating at all at the time. Her socials don’t hint at any possible romance and her dating life. So, we believe she is single at the moment.
Sandra Mae Frank Net Worth
According to some reliable sources, Sandra Mae Frank has more than $600K net worth.
Sandra caught the acting bug from a very young age. Her passion and love for theatre play, she inherited it particularly from her father. However, she shared in an interview with Master Chat that growing up she was good at playing with friends and directing them, and it was the early sign of her long-lasting career in the entertainment industry.
However, being deaf affected her career in a way. But, Sandra had a fair share of good and bad auditions she loved to share.
Sandra made her theatre debut in September of 2015 as Wendla Bergmann in the revival of Spring Awakening, a broadway show. The show was produced by Los Angeles-based company Deaf West Theatre. She has been credited for developing Wendla into a character with more depth and understanding of a girl living in the late 19th century.
Besides Spring Awakening, other works she had done include Fun Home, Peepshow, Our Town, At Home at the Zoo, Fiddler on the Roof, Baron, and Richard III.
Whereas, her on-screen works include short films like Harmony, The Sound of Fear, The Strength Within You: DUI, The Pastman, and Garage Heat. Whereas she has also starred in TV shows and movies such as Switched at Birth, Reverse Polarity, Daybreak, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, Season of Love, Entangled, Prism, and now New Amsterdam.
Speaking about her education, Sandra attended DuPont Manual High School before transferring to the Kentucky School for the Deaf. While there, Kentucky didn’t have any drama courses, so immersed herself into photography and film to challenge her creativity. Later, she attended Washington-based Gallaudet University, the only university in the world for deaf people from where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts with a 3.5 GPA after taking education as her major.
After graduating in 2013, Sandra stuck around the Washington, D.C. area and landed professional acting jobs in addition to working as a teacher assistant at Model Secondary School for the Deaf. She is represented by Gail Williamson at KMR & Associates.
Trivia: Sandra Mae Frank also has a YouTube channel with 1.24k subscribers.
How Tall Is Sandra Mae Frank?
Sandra Mae Frank stands tall to the height of 5 feet 4 inches.
How Old Is Sandra Mae Frank?
Born on 21 March 1990, Sandra Mae turned 31 years old in March 2021.
Who Are Sandra Mae Frank Family Members?
Sandra Mae Frank was born to her father Bill Frank and her anonymous mother. But, by the time she reached the age of 3, her parents weren’t together anymore for an undisclosed reason. In May 2018, she wrote a post on her Instagram about meeting her stepmother Kim Frank.
On the post, Sandra shared that her father Bill brought her on his first date with Kim. She addressed the shock Kim must’ve felt opening the door to Sandra without expectations of her being on their first date. According to Sandra, Kim became her mother before becoming her father’s wife.
The actress is very grateful towards her mother. On Mother’s Day 2016, she dedicated a tweet where she shared that she wouldn’t be what she was today if it wasn’t for Kim.
Kim, with a deaf daughter, asked other deaf people for advice on how to raise a deaf child. For that, Sandra was always thankful for her because she raised her right.
Sandra has two younger sisters.
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