ANDREA FRIERSON is a veteran of five Broadway productions- including the original Broadway cast of Once on This Island (directed by Graciela Daniele), The Lion King (directed by Julie Taymor), Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk (directed by George C. Wolfe), and Marie Christine at Lincoln Center Theater. She has made many television appearances -including Season 1 of Harlem on Amazon Prime, Quantico on ABC, Elementary on CBS, Allegra's Window on Nickelodeon (for three seasons as series regular, Ms. Melody), POSE on FX, Red Oaks on Amazon, Louie (CK) on FX, and Star Search, as a five-time female vocalist champion, as well as appearances on Good Morning America and the PBS Newshour. A native New Yorker, Andrea is a Library of Congress award-winner in Ethnographic Research, a NYSCA grant recipient, and a graduate of the Shakespeare Theatre Company's MFA Program in Classical Acting.
As a writer, her first musical, Lady Be Good, was produced Andre Bishop and the late Bernard Gersten in a five-day workshop at Lincoln Center Theatre in 1999. Her solo show, Me & Ella was produced by the York Theatre in New York City, as part of their New2NY Developmental series. Andrea has recently completed her debut memoir, VOICE LESSONS: PAINFUL TRUTH IN PERFECT PITCH, about growing up in Manhattan in the 1960’s as the only child of two Juilliard-trained opera singers- part of an elite world where perfectionism and classism were smokescreens for an unspeakable family secret. Andrea's ten-minute play, Houston, is featured in Season 14 of THE FIRE THIS TIME Short Play Festival at the Kraine Theater in the East Village and was filmed by the PBS All Arts program. It can be viewed on their website: https://www.allarts.org/collection/fire-this-time-festival/
"In a ten-minute play you have to create a world, get in, tell a story, and get out. Frierson shows us how it is done." -Young-Howze Theater Journal
Andrea serves on the Board of Directors of The Rehearsal Club- former home to Carol Burnett, Blythe Danner, Kim Catrall...and Andrea! She previously served as Chair of the Residency Program, whose mission is to provide affordable housing for young women in the performing arts.