Sharon Washington

Sharon is a proud member of the Dartmouth Class of 1981. She has been a working actress on stage and screen for almost 30 years. She recently added playwright to her resume with the debut of her solo play Feeding the Dragon. Sharon completed the play at Dartmouth during her New York Theatre Workshop summer residency in 2015, having previously spent several summers participating as an actor. She started on the acting path after spending lots of time, even though a Government major, on stage in Dartmouth Players and in Black Underground Theater Association productions. During her Junior and Senior years she was Director of BUTA. After graduation she spent two years learning the ropes on the production side of the business working as assistant to Barry Grove ’73, the executive Producer of Manhattan Theatre Club.

Feeding the Dragon received its world premiere at City Theatre in the Fall of 2016 and was subsequently produced at Hartford Stage in January 2018 and opened Off-Broadway at Primary Stages in April of 2018 where she was nominated for a 2018 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Solo Performance. She has been awarded a Tow Foundation grant and is Primary Stages 2018-19 Tow Foundation Playwright-In-Residence. Feeding the Dragon was also recently released as an Audible theater recording.

Sharon is a member of the Hopkins Center Board of Advisors. She is a Career Network Volunteer, Dartmouth Partners in Community Service mentor and was a member of the Moosilauke Forum. She has also served as a guest speaker at several Dartmouth events, including the Arts at Dartmouth Awards and the Centennial Circle Forum.

As an actress Sharon has appeared on Broadway in The Scottsboro Boys, the last collaboration of legendary team Kander & Ebb in a role she originated Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theater. Off-Broadway appearances include Dot (Vineyard Theater); Wild with Happy (Public Theater – Lucille Lortel nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress; Audelco Award); Luce (Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3); and The Overwhelming (Roundabout Theater).

Select regional credits include: Seven Guitars (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Intimate Apparel (Guthrie Theater); Merry Wives of Windsor and King Lear (Denver Center); Jar The Floor (Seattle Rep); The Story (Long Wharf Theatre) and the original company of The Piano Lesson (Yale Rep) directed by Lloyd Richards.

Film and television credits include: On the Basis of Sex (2018), The Kitchen (2019), The Looming Tower, Wiener Dog, Mistress America, The Bourne Legacy, Michael Clayton, School of Rock, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Malcolm X, Die Hard With A Vengeance, Gotham, Blue Bloods, The Blacklist, White Collar, Taking Chance, Royal Pains, Damages, Law & Order, Law & Order: CI, and Law & Order: SVU where she can occasionally be seen on the bench as Judge Virginia Hayes.

You may also recognize her voice from her narrations of several documentary series on Animal Planet, Discovery and NOVA. A native New Yorker, Sharon attended The Dalton School and received her MFA from the Yale School of Drama.