Fredi is best known for creating the role of JoAnne Jefferson in the Putlizer Prize winning musical RENT!
Most recently she appeared as “Ghost” in TBS’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 an accomplished actor, director and writer…
… as well a proud advocate of ARTS EDUCATION for students in all schools everywhere!
As JOANNE JEFFERSON in RENT
Meeting President Bush during THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY
Fredi was blessed with the experience of creating the role of JoAnne Jefferson in the smash hit musical RENT which won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as four TONY Awards, the Drama Desk and the Golden Globe Awards for Best Musical of that year and for which she personally garnered an Obie (in concert with the fantastic ensemble that made up the RENT OBC) and a FANNY award.
In her career, Fredi performed in many hit musicals including: THE LION KING (Rafiki), ONCE ON THIS ISLAND (Erzulie), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Crystal), THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY (Apollo Singer) and AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ (Armelia). Most recently, she is pleased to be in Rebecca Miller’s new 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, Susan Sarandon, Alan Alda and F.O.R.* Victor Garber! (*Friend Of RENT)
As a model she has appeared twice in MODE magazine (a fashion magazine dedicated to plus sizes) and as a model/spokesperson for Lane Bryant’s Harlem store opening gala in the fall of 98. She also performed live jazz for evening wear designer CARMEN MARC VALVO in his Spring ‘98 show, wearing a gown designed especially for her by Carmen, to the delight of fashion reviewers, and became the first “plus” model to appear at NYC’s prestigious 7TH ON SIXTH fashion event. She was interviewed by 20/20 on the topic of women’s body issues and beauty and she remains a spokesperson on the subject.
Fr As SHAY on ShowTime’s THE BIG C
As NURSE TASHE on LAW & ORDER
As BEVERLY in Rebecca Miller’s MAGGIE’S PLAN