Two-time Helen Hayes Award nominee, ANDREA FRIERSON, is the author and star of Me & Ella, which ran at the York Theatre in New York City, as part of their New2NY series in 2017. 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), and A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden written by Alan Menken & Lynn Ahrens (original cast). Regional Theatre roles include: Aretha Franklin/ Tina Turner in Beehive! (Arena Stage, Washington, DC), and Lisa in A New Brain (Studio Theatre, Washington, DC).
Television appearances include: Elementary (CBS); POSE (FX); and Quantico (ABC). Earlier this year Andrea was cast in the role of “Cece” on the new NBC/Amazon series, The Untitled Tracy Oliver Project. For three tv 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. Other tv appearances include 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.