Two-time Helen Hayes Award nominee, ANDREA FRIERSON, is the author and star of "me & ella" (54 Below, NYC and various Theatres throughout the U.S.). has performed leading roles in numerous Broadway productions, including Once on This Island (Erzulie, Goddess of Love, original cast); The Lion King (Rafiki); Marie Christine (with Audra McDonald) at Lincoln Center Theater; Bring in ‘Da Noise/Funk ('Da Singer); For Colored Girls...(original Broadway production), and A Christmas Carol (Young Scrooge’s Mother, original cast) at Madison Square Garden. Regional Theatre roles include:
Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner in Beehive! (Arena Stage, Washington, DC); The Homeless Woman in A New Brain (Helen Hayes Nominee; Studio Theatre, Washington, DC). Television audiences may remember Andrea as a 5-time winner and semi-finalist on Ed McMahon’s nationally syndicated vocal competition, Star Search; and as Ms. Melody on Allegra's Window (Series Regular, Nickelodeon). Other tv appearances include: an Emmy award-winning episode of the FX comedy series, Louie (ER nurse); The Rosie O'Donnell Show (guest); Good Morning America (performer); and The PBS Newshour (guest). Andrea is a Library of Congress award winner for her musical, Soon of a Mornin’ about the quilters of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, and is currently working on an illustrated memoir. Andrea is a graduate of the Shakespeare Theatre Company's MFA program in Classical Acting in Washington, DC.