Upcoming staged reading of Inherit the Wind on April 28th with Sea Dog Theatre Company to celebrate their one year anniversary!Read More
I saw Bruce Noriss' Clybourne Park when it premiered in 2012 and fell madly in love with it. It reminded me of why I first fell in love with theatre. It reminded me of why I have always believed that theatre, with all its magic and wonder, can change the world.Read More
Thrilled to be making my National Black Theatre debut in a reading of Tracey Conyer Lee's new play Freedom for Superman.Read More
I'm so proud, as always, to be a part of tomorrow night's New York Madness. As part of The Fire This Time Festival, our theme is "We Are Not Our Past." I'll be in Afraid of the Dark by Pia Wilson, directed by Michele Travis (also staring Nic Grelli), and in Divine Retribution by Germono Toussaint, directed by Melissa Skirboll (also staring Sara Thigpen and Cary Hite.)
Monday, January 30 I'll be performing in Sophia Heinecke's new play, Please, Mrs. West, directed by one of my favorite artists, Madeline Barasch. When I first read this play it blew me away — it's timely, unexpectedly compassionate, and insightful.Read More
Coming up next, I'll be performing an excerpt from Sir Thomas More in Portraits - an art gala to benefit Syrian Refugees. I'm thrilled to be a small part of this and I invite you to join us.Read More
Had an amazing time workshopping Gina Femia's play on a Brooklyn roller derby team. We had an all female cast and crew, and being in the room with a team of powerful, creative women was exhilarating. Very grateful for this experience!Read More
So, I wrote a little something for October Madness: Facing Fears Madness! and the wonderful Ben Ferber is directing it! It features the extraordinary talents of Jennifer Tsay, Kathleen Choe, Chinaza Uche, and Imran Sheikh.
Like me, this play is sexy in the most awkward way possible and this unbelievable dream team is gonna kill it!
Madness Writers and Directors:
Dennis A. Allen II directed by Julie Kramer
Maggie Bofill directed by Dina Vovsi
Nat Cassidy directed by Michele Travis
Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy directed by Ben Ferber
Gina Femia directed by Taylor Reynolds
Julienne L. Hairston directed by Illana Stein
Judith Leora directed by Ali Ayala
Nilsa Reyna directed by Lu Bellini
Deborah Yarchun directed by Lizzy Bryce
New York Madness brings together a fierce lineup of artists to create an evening of new plays based on a theme announced on week ahead of the event.
In continuing this month's running streak of working with people I adore.
FOR THE LOVE OF MAUD
by Abby Rosebrock
directed by Mikhaela Mahony
featuring Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy†, Jason Liebman†*, Kelli Lynn Harrison†*, Eric T. Miller†, & Kana Hatakeyama
THE TRICYCLE PANTHER
by Will Arbery
directed by Linsay Firman*
featuring Tom Nieboer, Olivia Stoker, Jo Eubanks, & Wei-Yi Lin
IN BETWEEN THE LIES
by Lydia Blaisdell
directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh*
featuring Keola Simpson†, Debbie Lee Jones†*, & Dawn Evans†*
by Dan Giles
directed by Dara Malina
featuring Lily Balsen†, Diana Ruppe†*, & Alex J. Gould†
by Claire Kiechel
directed by Nick Leavens
featuring J. Stephen Branley† & Lucy DeVito*†
by Catya McMullen
directed by Danya Taymor
featuring Mikumari Caiyhe†, Briana Pozner†, Seth Moore, & Mike Smith Rivera†*
†Denotes Member of Actors Equity Association
*Denotes Ensemble Artist
Uncanny County's 9th Podcast Episode, "The Tub" (written by William Franke and featuring yours truly), is now available!
Ashley wants her aging parents to move into assisted living. Reed and Cheryl have other ideas, and want to retain their independence in their golden years. But when they move into a house with strange amenities, they soon realize that Reed’s “senior moments” are the least of their problems.
Written by William Franke. Produced by AJ Cermak, sound design by William Franke and Todd Faulkner, audio mastering by Anthony Thompson.
Featuring: Amy Lee Pearsall as Cheryl, Kristin Price as Ashley, and Shelley Valfer as Reed, along with the vocal talents of William Franke, Nicole Greevy, Alison Crane, Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy, Griffin Robert Faulkner, Violet Truman, and Todd Faulkner.
This week, my first full-length play will be a part of Judson Memorial Church's Arts Wednesday program featuring some of the most wonderful artists I've encountered and directed by a brilliant director, Michele Travis. This is terrifying to be honest, but "the only way to learn to swim is to jump in the ocean" (Stepping Out of the River at Dawn, Dean Poynor.) Many, many thanks to Micah Bucey, Deb Zoe Laufer, Gus Schulenburg, Rogelio Martinez, and Erica Jensen, Chester Poon, Dave Shih, Quentin Maré. Faith, and my family. Hope, and Love.
This past Monday I had the extraordinary privilege of being a part of the Sheen Center's inaugural reading in their new play reading series. The premiere reading: Dean Poynor's new play, STEPPING OUT OF THE RIVER AT DAWN.
It was such a joy to work with this incredible group of people on this beautiful and affecting play.
Sunday August 28th, 2016 I had the pleasure of performing in Nandita Shenoy's BRAND NEW PLAY written for The Brooklyn Generator in less-than-30-days titled, REUNION. I jump at any chance to work with Nandita or on her writing (or both!) so this was a treat. Additionally, I've been wanting to work with May Adrales for a while so...double treat!
Written by Nandita Shenoy
Directed by May Adrales
Cindy Cheung*, Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy*, Sanjiv Jhaveri*, Annie McNamara*, Jeffrey Omura*, CJ Wilson*
*Member of AEA
43 East 7th Street
I'm so happy to be doing Shakespeare this summer with a group of people that I truly adore. The rehearsals have been a dream and I've been having a blast. Come join us! Seats are free, and first come first serve.
Director Beth Ann Hopkins
Assistant Director Beth Jastroch
Original Music Composition Clara Strauch (sample below)
Costume Design Sherry Martinez
Percussion Michael McQuilken & Oliver Palmer
Set & Prop Design Alicia Dawn Bullen
Lighting Design Adam Carpenter
Featuring: Raquel Chavez, Shannon Condon, Kate Eastman, Shaun B. Fauntleroy*, John Hardin, Patrick Harvey, Brian Demar Jones, Joe Jung*, Peter Molesworth, Catherine Mullins, Kate Ross*, Sam Richardson, Andrew Ricci, Nora Rickey, Will Sarratt, Caroline Smith, JT Stocks and Corey Whelihan.
*Courtesy of Actors Equity Association
Sound from The Tempest.
It's live! One of the spots I did for Optimum Cable is now viewable. Have a look!
Last winter, I had the honor of performing in a recording of Aja Houston's pan-African fantasy play ACIRFA. It is now available for your listening pleasure!Read More
This past weekend I shot my scenes for Gabriel Clermont's Bryan is Fine. It was an incredible shoot filled with truly wonderful people both on the cast and crew. Playing my husband Bryan was Jarid Faubel and playing my sister-in-law was Kelly Elizabeth Wray.
The physical transition from "Shaun" to "Bryan's wife Lydia" was helped along by the handiwork of Jessica Rios. It was fun to look completely different for a day as I embodied a hot shot publisher.
Had a fantastic time on Tuesday shooting a spot for OPTIMUM CABLE!Read More