Sharon Washington ’81

Sharon is a proud member of the Class of 1981. She has been a working actress for over 25 years. She most recently added playwright to her resume with the debut of her solo play Feeding the Dragon, which received its world premiere at City Theatre in the Fall of 2106. It will be produced at Hartford Stage in January of 2018 and have its NYC premiere Off-Broadway at Primary Stages in March of 2018. Sharon completed the play at Dartmouth during her New York Theatre Workshop summer residency in 2015, having previously spent several summers participating as an actor. She started on the acting path after spending lots of time, even though a Govy major, on stage at the Moore, the Bentley and in BUTA productions while still a student at Dartmouth. After graduation she spent two years learning the ropes on the production side while working as assistant to Barry Grove ’73, the executive producer of Manhattan Theatre Club.

Sharon appeared on Broadway in The Scottsboro Boys, the last collaboration of the the legendary team of Kander & Ebb in the role she originated Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theater. Most recent Off-Broadway appearances include Dot (Vineyard Theater); Wild with Happy (Public Theater – Lucille Lortel nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress; Audelco Award); Luce (Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3); and The Overwhelming (Roundabout Theater).

Select regional credits include: Seven Guitars (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Intimate Apparel (Guthrie Theater); Merry Wives of Windsor and King Lear (Denver Center); Jar The Floor (Seattle Rep); The Story (Long Wharf Theatre).

Film and television credits include: Wiener Dog, Mistress America, The Bourne Legacy, Michael Clayton, School of Rock, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Malcolm X, Die Hard With A Vengeance, Gotham, Blue Bloods, The Blacklist, White Collar, Taking Chance, Royal Pains, Damages, Law & Order, Law & Order: CI and Law & Order: SVU, where she can occasionally be seen on the bench as Judge Virginia Hayes. You may also recognize her voice from her narrations of several documentary series on Animal Planet, Discovery and NOVA.

A native New Yorker, Sharon attended the Dalton School and received her MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

Sharon Washington