Winsome Brown is a writer, director, and Obie-award winning actor known for her ability to portray strong and charismatic women and be funny and heartbreaking at the same time. She plays Anna Leonberger in the Paul Greengrass film News of the World with Tom Hanks, and Theresa Sackler in the Hulu Limited series Dopesick. She recurs on Supergirl as Zola, a Kryptonian Witch. In the final season of Elementary, she plays the wife of a Queens cop whose son is accused of domestic terrorism.
Theatre work includes Lady Macbeth and Titania/Hippolyta for Shakespeare on the Sound, Eurydice in Seamus Heaney’s Burial at Thebes for Irish Repertory Theatre, Sylvia in The Pill at La MaMa ETC. Winsome’s solo play This is Mary Brown premiered at La MaMa ETC and internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe, and her solo play Hit the Body Alarm (with a live score by John Zorn and Sean Hagerty) premiered at the Performing Garage where she was a visiting artist. She performed in André Gregory/Wallace Shawn’s The Master Builder, and in the Jonathan Demme film of the project. She played Hillary Clinton in the opera Women the War Within by Pulitzer prizewinner Du Yun, and Virginia Woolf in Irina Brook’s La Vie Matérielle/ Shakespeare’s Sister. She received the Obie for best Ensemble, along with the rest of the cast, for Heather Woordbury’s Tale of 2Cities: An American Joyride on Multiple Tracks, (UCLA Live/PS 122).
Winsome is a gifted narrator, whose virtuosity with character, voice, and accent invites listeners into complex worlds. She arrived in the world of audiobooks fully formed; her first audiobook was the astonishing and gut-wrenching novel Sarah by JT LeRoy for Blackstone.
Winsome is a chameleon, equally comfortable in the classics, comedy, and experimental work. She has been privileged to work with some great directors of screen and stage: Jonathan Demme, Paul Greengrass, Spike Lee, André Gregory, Barry Levinson, Irina Brook, Jay Scheib, Chris Terrio, Vernice Miller among others. She is adept with languages and accents, and speaks French, Spanish, and Italian fluently, as well as conversational German, and can do any accent under the sun.
A Toronto native, Winsome has lived and worked in New York, Los Angeles, Vancouver, and Toronto, as well as in Europe. She received her B.A. from Harvard College and has studied acting at Shakespeare & Company, with Bob Krakower, Manhattan Film Institute, The Odin Teatret, The Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski & Thomas Richards, and others. She can do a million accents, sometimes does standup comedy, and is really fun.
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“Ms. Brown is engrossing. She’s a spiky actress and an unaccommodating one, who prefers to needle audience members
“Warm and funny. Beautiful. Inspiring.” The Scotsman
“A very special piece of writing and a virtuosic piece of acting.” Broadway Baby, Scotland
“Brings the audience to tears. Magic.” Tribeca Trib.
“Winsome Brown is outstanding as Virginia Woolf.” New York Review of Books
“Lovely. Poignant, Affecting.” The New York Times