Recently starring as LaReine Beausoleil in the brand new musical Loveless Texas at The Sheen Center, Trisha Jeffrey is thrilled to be back on stage in New York City! After touring across the U.S. in the 1st National Tour of Motown The Musical as original “Supremes” member Mary Wilson –and sometimes playing Diana Ross, Trisha was recently seen at The Wick Theatre as Shirley Bassey and Aretha Franklin in Beehive: The 60s Musical. With a Jeff Nomination for Best Actress In A Musical, Trisha is the proud recipient of a Black Theatre Alliance Award, a Black Excellence Award and a Broadway World Chicago Award for her portrayal of Celie in the 2013 Mercury Theater Chicago production of The Color Purple. Trisha was also sometimes seen as the fabulous Deloris Van Cartier on the 1st National Tour of Sister Act: The Musical from 2012-2013.
A fiery Jamaican descendant born and raised in The Bronx, Trisha began realizing her dream of being a performer at the age of eleven. Her early passion for performing was nurtured in programs such as Co-op City’s Youth Activities Committee and the famed LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in NYC. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre (with minors in Music and Dance) from Lehman College – City University of New York. She later completed the Two Year Professional Workshop at Circle In The Square Theatre School in NYC. As Trisha developed her professional career, she also taught younger artists at the Harlem School of the Arts where she formed the first musical theatre class in its theatre program.
Trisha is a founding company member of the original Classical Theatre of Harlem, performing in numerous productions. She also served as Resident Choreographer for their first productions of Macbeth, Lysistrata, The Blacks, and Crazy Locomotive, receiving several AUDELCO Award Nominations for her work. On Broadway she debuted as Crystal (one of the highly acclaimed “Urchins”) in the 2003 revival of Little Shop Of Horrors. Soon after, she moved onto the Elvis-inspired musical, All Shook Up and then the smash hit, Rent, in which she proudly “swung” and performed the roles of Joanne, Mimi, Alexi Darling, Mrs. Cohen, and Mrs. Jefferson (a feat she repeated in 2009 with Rent: The Broadway Tour featuring original cast members Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, and Gwen Stewart).
Favorite performed roles include Diana Ross in Motown The Musical, Celie in The Color Purple, Dorothy in The Wiz, Ti Moune in Once On This Island, and Emmie in Caroline, Or Change –for which she earned a Helen Hayes Nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Her artistic inspiration comes from entertainers such as Diana Ross, Lena Horne, Janet Jackson, Josephine Baker, Esperanza Spalding, Lauryn Hill, Lianne La Havas, Meryl Streep, Samuel L. Jackson, and Morgan Freeman to name a few.
FUN FACT:Trisha loves all things "Wonder Woman"
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