"I tell stories of truth, enlightenment and survival. This is what's important to me."
Trisha is a talent who "captivates the audience", playing diverse roles across the world and on Broadway. A recipient of the Black Theatre Alliance Award, and the Broadway World Chicago Award, Ms. Jeffrey has been called "a revelation", who "dominates the stage". Critics have also lauded Trisha as a "great actress" who is "completely disarming", and "intensely empathetic", with "a voice of liquid gold."
Trisha recently created the role of Ruby in the fall 2021 New York City presentation of the new two-hander musical Liner Notes On Love and Music by Justin Halpin, Jeffrey James and Jonathan Cottle. Shortly after, she performed in a presentation of the new musical Mrs. McThing by Michael Colby and Jack Urbont, directed by Karen Carpenter. In 2021, Trisha played the powerhouse role of Mother Brown in the remarkable new musical Henry Box Brown by Mehr Mansuri, which is scheduled to resume tour dates in 2022.
Born and raised in the Bronx, Trisha is a fiery Jamaican descendant mixed with harmonizing airy Libra, who began realizing her dream of being a performer at the age of eleven. Thanks to her grandmother, who upon the shocking discovery of Trisha's singing voice –and in spite of her overwhelming shyness– immediately threw her into the church choir. Trisha’s early passion for the arts became solidified while attending the famed LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, after which she earned her BA in Theatre, plus minors in Music and Dance from Lehman College – City University of New York. She also completed the Two Year Professional Workshop at Circle In The Square Theatre School on Broadway for both Musical Theatre and Acting, challenging herself to dive further into her love of acting. Shortly after, she became a founding member of the Classical Theater of Harlem.
With a Jeff Nomination for Best Actress in A Musical, Trisha Jeffrey is the proud recipient of a Black Theatre Alliance Award and a Broadway World Chicago Award for her portrayal of Celie in the Mercury Theatre Chicago production of The Color Purple. You may have recently seen Trisha in her film debut starring as Lisa in the short film An Anomalous Love, which was also featured in the 2019 Urban World Film Festival/HBO/BET.
Trisha's Broadway and international tours include Rent, Sister Act, and Motown The Musical, and her regional credits include Caroline or Change, Once On This Island and Jekyll and Hyde. In New York, she was seen in the new musicals Loveless Texas, Trio, and many others. Her Broadway credits include Rent, All Shook Up! and Motown The Musical, where she originated the role of Mary Wilson, also often seen as Diana Ross; but without a doubt, her Broadway debut as Crystal, one of the highly acclaimed Urchins in the New Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors continues to be one of her favorite times on stage.
Photography by Kyle P. Wagner