Artist Bio

Pamela Payton-Wright

(Bio as of March 2002)

Pamela Payton-Wright most recently appeared at the Goodman in Long Day’s Journey Into Night during the 2001/2002 Season. Other Goodman credits include Eugene O’Neill’s A Touch of the Poet (Joseph Jefferson Award). She received a Drama Desk Award for her performance as Lavinia in Circle in the Square’s Broad­way production of Eugene O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra with Colleen Dewhurst. Her other Broadway credits include The Show-Off Exit the King, The Cherry Orchard, Jimmy Shine, The Crucible, All Over Town, The Glass Menagerie, Romeo and Juliet, M. Butterfly, The Night of the Iguana, A Street­car Named Desire and Something Unspoken. Off-Broadway credits include The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (Obie, Clarence Der­went Award, Variety Critics’ Poll Citation), Jesse and the Bandit Queen (Obie), The Seagull, Hamlet, The Replacement, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Richard III and ‘Til the Rapture Comes. Ms. Payton-Wright has performed leading roles in nearly all of this country’s leading regional theater companies in works of nearly every major playwright. Her filmwork includes In Dreams, The Freshman, My Little Girl, Ironweed, Starlight, Going In Style, Resurrection, and At the Dark End of the Street. Her television credits include PBS productions of The Prodigal, Brother to Dragons, and The Adams Chronicles (Emmy nomination), the Playhouse 90 production of Look Homeward Angel, and guest appearances on Law & Order, Homicide, and her recurring role on One Life to Live. She is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where she received the Special Medal and the Edmund Gray Prize for High Comedy. She is a 1999 recipient of a Fox Grant Fellowship for work in Baroque dance.

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