Fredi is best known for creating the role of JoAnne Jefferson in the Pulitzer Prize winning musical RENT! Most recently, she appears as “Ghost” in HBO’s SEARCH PARTY, Beverly” in Rebecca Miller’s MAGGIE’S PLAN and “Shay” in Showtime’s Emmy Award winning series THE BIG C. She is proud to be the voice of the WICKED campaign!
She is an accomplished actor, director and writer…
… as well a proud advocate of ARTS EDUCATION for students in all schools everywhere!
I was blessed with the experience of creating the role of JoAnne Jefferson in the smash hit musical, RENT which won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize as well as four TONY AWARDS (including BEST MUSICAL), the Drama Desk and Golden Globes. I personally garnered an Obie (in concert with the fantastic ensemble that made up the RENT OBC) and a Fanny Award!
the lion king
Playing Rafiki in THE LION KING (Rafiki) remains one of the most special roles and theatrical experiences of my life. I have said many times that THE LION KING is the only show I’d do again in a heartbeat. It is truly one of the most amazing pieces of theatre ever mounted. Julie Taymor’s genius lies in the beauty of a bare stage with “simple” yet fantastic stage craft. The drought at the top of Act II is a moment I’ll never forget!
I have been fortunate enough to have performed in many hit musicals including: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY (Apollo Singer) and AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ (Armelia). ONCE ON THIS ISLAND (Erzulie), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Crystal) as well as several television and film appearances. Most recently, I was pleased to be in Rebecca Miller’s film MAGGIE’S PLAN (in a scene with Ethan Hawke) and was lucky enough to be a part of SHOWTIME’s Emmy Award Winning serieS THE BIG C which boasts a cast of some of her all-time favorite actors including Laura Linney, Oliver Platt, Billy Porter, Susan Sarandon, Alan Alda and F.O.R.* Victor Garber! (*Friend Of RENT)
THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY
LOVE, LOSE & WHAT I WORE
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
BAND OF ANGELS
LAW & ORDER
THE BIG C