Nehassaiu (né-hé-sigh-u) is at home in both classical and contemporary worlds, has a passion for new work, and revels in the rich and dynamic experience of being cast both traditionally and non-traditionally.
Selected credits include: "Cordelia" KING LEAR Chicago Shakespeare Theater; "The Angel" MARISOL; "Nurse" EQUUS" with Alec Baldwin; "Lady Capulet" ROMEO & JULIET, Stratford Festival; "Kate" GOOD PEOPLE, "Diana Sands" in DIANA SANDS: A CERTAIN TOUGHNESS OF SPIRIT (with Hope Clarke); "Catherine" PROOF, Trinity Rep.
Nehassaiu has worked with directors Tim Carroll, Tony Walton, Niegel Smith, Antoni Cimolino, Barbara Gaines, Brooke O'Harra, Amanda Dehnert, Tina Packer and Miles Potter; and has collaborated on developmental workshops and staged readings with NYC's Red Bull, Rattlestick, Classical Theatre of Harlem/ The Actress At Work, Dixon Place, Target Margin Theater and others. She received her MFA from Brown U and is a graduate
of Trinity Rep Conservatory.
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creative vision & mission: it's all in the frame!
CLICK... CLICK... CLICK... WHY THESE THREE PICS?
IN THE FIRST: I play "The Chrysler Building" (that gorgeous iconic art-deco building!) in the world premiere of Matt Schatz's Award-Winning Play, THE TALLEST BUILDING IN THE WORLD. (NY Times clip)
IN THE THIRD: I play "Honey Harlow" opposite Nathan Darrow (HOUSE OF CARDS) in THREE GIFTS FOR LENNY BRUCE, written by Jim Knable (The Orchard Project, 2015!), and directed by Susan Hyon for Target Margin Theatre's Yiddish Lab Series.
AND IN THE MIDDLE? I am "Diana Sands," whose life and art gather the pieces in one glorious figure of possibility: new works, classics, stage, tv and film! (read Backstage review here)
One of Diana Sands' early roles was with NY's Yiddish Theater. It's where she first worked with Ruby Dee, thus landing Diana an audition for RAISIN. When I played her in May 2012, how could I have known in 2013/14 (just back from Stratford Festival), I'd be cast in two Target Margin Theater Yiddish Labs: THREE GIFTS FOR LENNY BRUCE pictured above; and CELIA based on the avant-garde poet Celia Dropkin, in which I performed one of Dropkin's poems entirely in Yiddish!
Read More: Check Out My Blog Post "Diana Sands and Me..." click here
I am deeply grateful for my fellow actors, writers, directors, artistic directors and producers, and most especially audiences who deeply believe our rich human diversity can and should occupy the same frame.
In 2014/15, I was asked to Lead/Direct a Gertrude Stein Lab for Target Margin and "walked my own talk!"
See Current/Upcoming Page for FIVE HISTORIC CHILDREN WHO ARE NOT creative team, cast & photos (click here)
I prepare for my next big leap! In April, I took Head of East Coast Casting for FOX NETWORK, Clint Alexander's 3-week On-Camera Intensive at One On One and loved it! I highly recommend Clint's class. Hey all you amazing TV CD's, I am indeed honing & integrating all that I learned from studying with Bob Krakower, so call me in! I look forward to meeting you!!
Charting my PATH...
In addition to enjoying the sunshine & blossoming trees, walks in Central and Prospect Park, visiting my niece and nephews in DC and cheering them on for an all-day-3-soccer-match Saturday, seeing tons of great NY theatre, binge-watching TV and catching up on my reading, I am currently enrolled in Capes Coaching PATH Class, an essential resource for actor-entreprenuers. The first time I took Betsy Capes' PATH Class, I accomplished 99% of my goals, including successfully applying for and landing my Extraordinary Ability Green Card! Now's the time to unfurl the map and chart new goals.