Audra McDonald

Celebrating Black History Month in Theatre
Posted on 02/25/2021
Image of Audra McDonald(from Mark Zimmerman, theatre arts director Firestone CLC and Akron School for the Arts)

Audra McDonald is an American actress and singer. Primarily known for her work on the Broadway stage, she has won six Tony Awards, more performance wins than any other actor, and is the only person to win all four acting categories. She has performed in musicals, operas and dramas such as "A Moon for the Misbegotten," "110 in the Shade," "Carousel," "Ragtime," "Master Class" and "Porgy and Bess."

Born into a musical family, Audra McDonald grew up in Fresno, California, and received her classical vocal training at New York’s Juilliard School.

In addition to musicals, McDonald has triumphed in Shakespeare ("Twelfth Night," "Henry IV") and won TV fame in "Private Practice." She was recently seen opposite Michael Shannon in the Broadway revival of "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune" as well as the musical "Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed" (2016).

Audra McDonald made a number of film and television appearances. Her notable TV credits included adaptations of several plays, including "Wit" (2001), "A Raisin in the Sun" (2008) and "Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill" (2016), all of which earned the actress Emmy Award nominations.

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