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Phoebe Wray

Theater History; Cultural Perspectives Faculty

Phoebe Wray has worked extensively as an actress, director and playwright for the Off-Off-Broadway Movement in New York City, Caffe Cino, La Mama E.T.C., Playwright's Workshop and The Old Reliable. She was a member of original Balm in Gilead and French Gray casts, and she performed in the Champlain Shakespeare Festival (Vermont) for three seasons, appearing in As You Like It, Henry VIII, Merry Wives of Windsor, Richard II, Othello and Antony and Cleopatra. Wray also played Lady Macbeth and Viola for the Boston Herald-Traveller Rep Company, Boston. Additionally, Wray has held leading roles in New York City cabarets, regional and summer stock theaters, the Off-Broadway at Brooklyn Academy of Music and Actors Playhouse. Wray has also held roles in five films, in addition to radio and television and animation work, inlcuding the voice of the Tree Dragon and the Twell Tribe on the PlayStation2 game Darkling Skye, and she is the winner of the Weathervane Best Actress Award (Ohio).

Wray's directed three plays at the Globe Playhouse in West Hollywood, including the award-winning Henry VIII and Cromwell. She received honorable mention from the Sony Annual Video Awards (1986) for her work as writer/director in the short narrative Persephone. Wray's video directing and writing credits include EZTV Video Gallery, Hollywood and syndicated on cable. She has had six plays produced in New York, Los Angeles and London. Wray toured with the jazz trio Shelton, Blake & Wray throughout the U.S. including the Bon Soir, New York and The Sands and Las Vegas. She has written numerous songs performed by Lainie Kazan, T.C. Jones, Brock Peters and the rock band Condor. She is also a science fiction novelist and short story writer and received awards for her story, JEMMA7729. Wray is a frequent lecturer and writer on endangered species conservation in U.S. and abroad, and she is an advocate for the snow leopard. 

Wray was an artist-in-residence at Colby College; a Richard King Mellon Fellow at Yale University (1981-1982); an assistant professor of drama at the University of Southern California (1986-1988); and an adjunct professor at Bradford College (1997-1999). She is a member of AEA, SAG, AGVA and ASCAP.

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