11 Jun Get to Know Chandra Wilson, LSTFI Alumna
(Chandra Wilson) went on to earn her BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she spent four years training at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.
A Houston native, Chandra Wilson began performing in musicals at the age of five with Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS), where she appeared in more than ten of their major musical productions. She went on to earn her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she spent four years training at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.
For her critically-acclaimed portrayal of Dr. Miranda Bailey on “Grey’s Anatomy,” Wilson has earned not only three Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, but also a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series, a second Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Drama Series Ensemble and three NAACP Image Awards.
Her greatest New York stage accomplishment thus far is her portrayal of Bonna Willis in the production of Lynda Barry’s The Good Times Are Killing Me, both at the Second Stage and Minetta Lane Theatres, for which she won a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Debut Performance. In 2004 she was selected by The New York Times as one of “Eight to Watch, Onstage and Behind the Scenes.”
This honor came in conjunction with the Broadway opening of Caroline, or Change, written by Tony Kushner, composed by Jeanine Tesori and directed by George C. Wolfe, in which she portrayed Dotty Moffett opposite Tonya Pinkins.
She also appeared in the Broadway productions of Avenue Q and On the Town before starring as Mama Morton in Chicago. Her other stage credits include Caroline, or Change at The Public Theatre, The Miracle Worker at Charlotte Repertory Theatre, Paper Moon: The Musical at The Paper Mill Playhouse and Theresa Rebeck‘s The Family of Mann at Second Stage Theatre.
Wilson recently starred in “Accidental Friendship” for the Hallmark Channel, in which she played a homeless woman who is befriended by a Los Angeles police officer. Other television credits include series regular Claudia Hopper on ABC’s “Bob Patterson,” along with numerous guest appearances on “The Sopranos,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Sex and the City,” “Third Watch,” “100 Centre Street,” “Cosby” and “The Cosby Show.” She has also had recurring roles on “One Life to Live” and “Queens Supreme.”
On the big screen she’s had supporting roles in the films Lone Star, directed by John Sayles, and Philadelphia, directed by Jonathan Demme.
Chandra Wilson is an alumna of The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute’s program at New York University. Learn more about The Lee Strasberg Method Acting™ BFA program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.