Actor, Singer, Writer & Filmmaker, ANDREA FRIERSON, is currently in pre-production for her directorial debut- a short film entitled, Voice Lessons, about growing up the very demanding classical music field (Frierson's parents were opera singers) and examines African-American elitism, the quest for perfection, and the search for recognition. As an actor, Andrea has performed leading roles in numerous Broadway productions, including The Lion King (Rafiki); Once on This Island (Erzulie, Goddess of Love, original cast); Marie Christine at Lincoln Center Theater (Prisoner #2); George Wolfe's Bring in ‘Da Noise/Funk ('Da Singer); Julie Taymor’s Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass (The Mother) at Lincoln Center Theater and at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland; For Colored Girls...(original Broadway production). Regional Theatre roles include: Aretha Franklin/ Tina Turner in Beehive! (Arena Stage, Washington, DC), and Lisa in A New Brain (Studio Theatre, Washington, DC).
Andrea can be seen in the role of “Cece” on the upcoming NBC/Amazon series, The Untitled Tracy Oliver Project. Other tv appearances include: POSE (FX); Quantico (ABC); Elementary (CBS); and Red Oaks (Amazon). For three seasons Andrea played the role of Ms. Melody on the Nickelodeon tv series, Allegra’s Window. She was also a tv staff writer on the show. Some may remember Andrea on the popular 1980’s tv series, Star Search (5-time winner and semi-finalist).
Andrea is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Theatre Arts at Marymount Manhattan College, and a graduate of the Academy for Classical Acting’s MFA program in conjunction with the Shakespeare Theatre Company and George Washington University. She is also a Library of Congress award winner (American Folklife Center), a NYSCA grant recipient, and is a former Dramatists Guild Fellow.