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Winsome Brown is a writer, director, and Obie-award winning actor whose work has received critical acclaim from The New York Times, The Scotsman, Variety, LA Weekly, and others. She is known for her ability to portray strong and charismatic women (Hillary Clinton, Gertrude Stein, Virginia Woolf, Lysistrata, Herodias among many others) and be both funny and heartbreaking at the same time. Her latest solo play Hit the Body Alarm debuted at the Performing Garage in October. Another rcent solo play This is Mary Brown debuted at La MaMa and the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015, and will travel to Los Angeles in 2017. The short film Everything I Know About Love based on the play is upcoming. Film/TV: A Master Builder (dir. Jonathan Demme); Wetlands (dir. Emmanuele Della Valle); Holy New York (dir. Sonya Goddy) Heights (Merchant/Ivory dir. Chris Terrio); Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Nightfall with David Carradine, For Your Love, Shadows Choose Their Horrors (NY FilmFest, dir. Jenn Reeves). Iam.com, improv spot with Spike Lee. Stage:The Burial at Thebes (Irish Rep); Gertrude Stein (Target Margin’s Stein Lab); Irina Brook’s Shakespeare’s Sister; Hillary Clinton in the opera Women: The War Within (Baryshnikov Arts Centre). André Gregory and Wallace Shawn’s The Master Builder. Heather Woodbury’s Obie award winning Tale of 2Cities: An American Joyride on Multiple Tracks, (UCLA Live/PS 122). Winsome toured in Jay Scheib’s “World of Wires” to the Festival d’Automne in Paris, the ICA in Boston; Nantes, Krakow, and Maubeuge.

Winsome’s essays have been featured in Salon, and she has written features for Elle India, The Outrider (Toronto), Gothtober.com, Boiler Magazine, City Magazine. In 2005, Winsome was commissioned by Steve Hendel, the backer of Fela, to write a screenplay about the Irish music band Dervish. Winsome’s plays have appeared on stage at The Performing Garage, La MaMa, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Cornelia Street Cafe, LA’s Tamarind Theatre and Luna Park, LA’s The 24 Hour Plays; The 24 Hour Circus at La MaMa, The Signet Society (Cambridge, MA), at the summer festival at BARD College, and Issue Project Room.

Her first film as a writer/director, “The Violinist” (2012, 44 min), is a 16 mm experimental narrative film which she also wrote. Winsome’s film and live music theatre piece “The Lost Victrola Sessions” debuted at the Hudson Opera House in 2012. Winsome has frequently collaborated with composers and musicians, both as performer and director. Composers and musicians she has worked with include Dave Soldier; the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Nathan Davis, Yuval Ron, Rebecca Cherry, Jami Tyzick, and and Du Yun.

Winsome enjoys voiceover work tremendously. She has narrated 15 films, including work by Nick Kurzon,  Joanna Lipper, Ronaldo Facchinetti, Dusan Makavejev, and Victor Buhler.

She is a founding member of the international theatre ensemble Hopballehus. Brown received her A.B. from Harvard College and has studied acting and voice with Shakespeare & Company, Roberta Carreri and Tage Larsen of Odin Teatret, Jean-Réné Toussaint, The Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards, Norman Taylor of Ecole Jacques Lecoq, and Jane Nichols.

Winsome was born and raised in Toronto and lives in New York City.