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John Essay




Theatre Biography

Off Broadway: Here There Are Blueberries (NYTW); A User's Guide to Hell: Featuring Bernard Madoff (Project Y); Regional: Here There Are Blueberries (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Tiny Beautiful Things (Baltimore Center Stage); Confederates and The Cymbeline Project (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); An Octoroon, Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play, Lenny & Lou and The Mineola Twins (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company); Gem of the Ocean (Hangar Theatre); Crying On Television, Queens Girl in Africa, Stick Fly and The Soul Collector (Everyman Theater); Much Ado About Nothing and The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Falling Out of Time and In Darfur (Theater J); Fences (Ford's Theater); Pretty Fire and The Oracle (African Continuum Theater Company); Broken Fences (Balleybeg Theater Company); Book Club Play and Pippin (Round House Theatre); The Father (Studio Theater); The Bluest Eye (Theater Alliance); Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus! The Musical!, Knuffle Bunny, The Brand New Kid, OLIVERrio and Barrio Grrrl! (The Kennedy Center); Queens Girl In Africa (Mosaic Theater Compan), Ruined (Philadelphia Theater Company), Clybourne Park (Pioneer Theater Company); Cinderella, Looking for Roberto Clemente and Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters (Imagination Stage). Second Line (Tribute Productions). Education: The University of Maryland, College Park, LAMDA and Labyrinth Theater Company. Affiliations: Company Member: Woolly Mammoth Theater Company, Member of Actors Equity Awards: Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress for her role as Hawa in, In Darfur, at Theater J, directed by Derek Goldman and for her performance as Jackie in Queens Girl in Africa at Mosaic Theater Company, directed by Paige Hernandez. She was also nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress for her work in Pretty Fire by Charlayne Woodard at African Continuum Theater Company. 

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