|Residence||Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, New York|
|Education||Boston University (BFA)|
New York University (MFA)
|Spouse(s)||Gaylen Hamilton (2011–present)|
Amber Gray is an American actress and singer best known for portraying Hélène Kuragina in the 2016 Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812. Gray also played Persephone in the 2016 Off-Broadway musical Hadestown and reprised her role for the Broadway transfer, for which she received favorable reviews and a Tony Award nomination.
Early life and education
In 2012, Gray first became involved with Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812, an electro-pop opera based on War and Peace. Gray portrayed Countess Hélène Bezukhova in the musical's performances at the Off-Off-Broadway Ars Nova Theater. Gray continued with Great Comet when it moved to Kazino Meatpacking in 2013, Kazino Times Square in 2014, and when it opened on Broadway in late 2016. Gray was awarded a 2017 Theatre World Award for her performance as Hélène.
In 2014, Gray reprised her leading role as Zoe in An Octoroon at Soho Repertory Theatre (she had previously performed as Zoe in 2010 at P.S.122). An Octoroon utilized the plot of The Octoroon, an 1859 melodrama, but turned it into a contemporary new play that discusses America's slave history and both past and present racism. In an interview with the New York Times, Gray spoke of the part's difficulty due to many intense racial scenes, saying it, "seems like an impossible role". Gray remained with the production when it went on to play at Theatre for a New Audience in 2015.
In 2016, Gray portrayed Persephone in New York Theatre Workshop's production of the new musical Hadestown, based on Anaïs Mitchell's album of the same name. Gray was again directed by Rachel Chavkin, whom she collaborated with during Great Comet. Gray was praised by critics, who were impressed by her "vocal dexterity," "charisma," and "powerhouse voice". She reprised this role in the Edmonton Citadel Theatre, London National Theatre, and Broadway productions. For the Broadway production, she received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.
|2004||Ain't Misbehavin||Charlaine||Marcia Milgrom Dodge||Huntington Theatre Company|
|2005||Lady Windermere's Fan||Lady Plymdale||Moisés Kaufman||Williamstown Theatre Festival|
|2005||On The Razzle||Lisette||David Jones||Williamstown Theatre Festival|
|2005||Prudence||Sarah||Tyler Marchant||Connecticut Repertory Theatre|
|2006||Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir||Activist, Singer||Savitri D||Internationally|
|2009||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Puck, Hippolyta, Theseus||Jim Calder||Florence's Villa La Pietra, NYC Bandshells, Classic Stage Company|
|2010||An Octoroon||Zoe||P.S. 122|
|2010||Banished Children of Eve||Eliza||Ciaran O’Reilly||Irish Repertory Theatre|
|2011||Sueño||The Sun||Jack Fletcher||Atlas Theatre|
|2011– 2013||The TEAM's Mission Drift||Joan||Rachel Chavkin||P.S. 122's COIL Festival, London's National Theatre, Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre, Lisbon, Coimbra, Salzburg, Hong Kong, Perth, Williams College|
|2012||All Hands||Greta||Alec Duffy||Hoi Polloi|
|2012||We Play for the Gods||Simi||Jessi D. Hill, Sarah Rasmussen, Mia Rovegno||Women's Project|
|2012||The World is Round||Rose Rose Rose||Rachel Dickstein||Ripe Time|
|2012||Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812||Hélène||Rachel Chavkin||Ars Nova|
|2012||Eager to Lose||Trixie||Portia Krieger and Wes Grantom||Ars Nova|
|2013||Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812||Hélène||Rachel Chavkin||Kazino Meatpacking District|
|2014||Kazino Times Square|
|2014||An Octoroon||Zoe||Sarah Benson||Soho Rep|
|2014–2015||A 24 Decade History of Popular Music: 1900's-1950's||Singer||Taylor Mac, Niegel Smith||New York Live Arts with Under the Radar|
|2015||An Octoroon||Zoe||Sarah Benson||Theatre for a New Audience|
|2015||Oklahoma!||Laurey Williams||Daniel Fish||Bard SummerScape|
|2015||Iphigenia in Aulis||Clytemnestra, Menelaus||Rachel Chavkin||Classic Stage Company|
|2016||Hadestown||Persephone||New York Theatre Workshop|
|2016–2017||Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812||Hélène||Imperial Theatre, Broadway|
|2017||The TEAM's Primer for a Failed Superpower||Activist, Singer||Roulette|
|2017||Hadestown||Persephone||Edmonton's Citadel Theatre|
|2018–2019||Olivier Theatre, Royal National Theatre|
|2019||Walter Kerr Theatre, Broadway|
Awards and nominations
|2017||Lucille Lortel Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical||Hadestown||Nominated|
|Theatre World Award||Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut Performance||Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812||Won|
|2018||Sterling Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role||Hadestown||Won|
|2019||Tony Awards||Best Featured Actress in a Musical||Nominated|
|Outer Critics Circle Awards||Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical||Won|
|Drama League Awards||Distinguished Performance Award||Nominated|
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