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Tracie Thoms

Birth Place: Baltimore, MD, USA

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Thoms was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, the daughter of Mariana and Donald Thoms. She has a brother, Austin. She started studying acting when she was ten and later on attended the Baltimore School for the Arts. She now holds a BFA from Howard University and a postgraduate diploma in acting from the Juilliard School (Group 30), where she was a classmate of actors Lee Pace and Anthony Mackie. She is currently playing the role of Joanne in the musical RENT on Broadway.

Thoms is known for her role of Mahandra McGinty in the television show Wonderfalls. She also played the part of Sasha in the series "As If", which was cancelled after three episodes. Most recently she has been added to the cast of the CBS crime drama Cold Case, as the narcotics detective, Kat Miller. Thoms has also made guest appearances on Law & Order and The Shield.
Thoms has appeared in several movies, most notably in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Rent in which she plays Joanne Jefferson, lawyer and lover of Maureen Johnson (Idina Menzel). She took over the role from Fredi Walker, who played Joanne in the original Rent Broadway show and who decided not to reprise her role due to her age. Prior to being cast as Joanne, she had been a big RENThead herself and had seen it in Broadway several times. She had also been auditioning for the theatre production for years but had never gotten the part. On July 18, 2008, she announced on her Myspace she will be joining the final cast of RENT starting July 26, 2008, playing the character Joanne, replacing Merle Dandridge.

She was featured in the 2002 Comedy Central film Porn 'n Chicken and the 2004 films Brother to Brother and The Warrior Class. Thoms appeared in the 2006 release of the film version of The Devil Wears Prada as Lily. Thoms has completed filming on the City Lights Pictures movie Descent along with Rent co-stars Wilson Jermaine Heredia and Rosario Dawson and will soon begin filming Jimmie with co-stars Vanessa Williams and Brian McKnight. Recently, she appeared in Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof, again, alongside Rosario Dawson.
Thoms made her Broadway debut in Regina Taylor's Drowning Crow. She has also appeared in several off-Broadway and regional productions, including Up Against the Wind (New York Theater Workshop), The Oedipus Plays (The Shakespeare Theater), A Raisin in the Sun (Baltimore CenterStage) Joe Turner's Come and Gone (Missouri Rep), The Exonerated (Off Broadway's The Culture Project) and The Antigone Project (The Women's Project).

Tracie Thoms Photos


Encores! Off-Center Revival, 2019
Performer [Replacement]

Broadway Revival Production, 2016
Dr. Charlotte

Manhattan Theatre Club World Premiere Production, 2014

Original Broadway Production, 2011


Special Benefit Production, 2007

Special Benefit Production, 2005


Special Benefit Production, 2004

Manhattan Theatre Club Production, 2004
Mary Bow

Performer [Replacement]


Broadway Transfer, 1996
Joanne Jefferson [Replacement]

Tracie Thoms Movies

[2004]Brother to Brother Mom on Subway

[2005]Sex and Breakfast Sarah

[2005]Rent Joanne Jefferson

[2006]The Devil Wears Prada Lily

[2007]Descent Denise

[2007]Death Proof Kim

[2009]Peter and Vandy Marissa

[2010]I Will Follow Tiffany

[2012]Looper Beatrix

[2012]Safe House CIA Analyst

[2012]Meeting Evil Latisha Rogers

[2013]Raze Teresa

[2013]McCanick Alice

[2014]Annie Annie's "Mom"

[2016]A Christmas in New York Katherine Taylor

[2016]Equity Melanie

[2016]9 Rides Fiancee

[2016]The Drowning Angela

[2016]The Watcher Amanda

[2017]The Concessionaires Must Die! Church Lady

[2018]The Basement Lauren

[2019]Straight Up Dr. Larson

[2019]Boy Genius Sandra

[2020]aTypical Wednesday Jason's Mom

[2020]California No Samantha

[2021]Yes Day Billie, Concert Coordinator

[2021]Bolivar Susan Woods

[2022]Back to Lyla Dr. Nolan

[2022]Jerry and Marge Go Large Maya

[2022]Paulie Go! Cheryl

[2022]Blood Relatives Ms Shelling

Tracie Thoms TV Shows

Porn 'n Chicken Andrea

America's Most Terrible Things Terri

As If Sasha

The Shield Bonnie

Wonderfalls Mahandra McGinty

Law & Order Linda Ziman

Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway Joanne Jefferson

This Can't Be My Life Rachel Brooks

Private Practice Colette

[ 2005-2010]Cold Case Kat Miller

Human Target Michelle

Bandwagon: The Series Tracie, Tracie Thoms

Wonder Woman Etta Candy

Harry's Law Katherine

Suits Becky

Gothica Mina

Person of Interest Monica Jacobs

Emily Owens M.D. Natalia Gorgia

The Good Wife Judy Bishop

Veep Alicia Bryce

Songbyrd Clara Frye

Send Me: An Original Web Series Gwen

Living with Models Hatch Girl

BrainDead Ashley Cook

[ 2015-2016]He's with Me Naomi

The Mindy Project Kathy

The Real MVP: The Wanda Durant Story Demetria

Wisdom of the Crowd Special Agent Lydia Driscoll

American Gods Buffer

Criminal Minds Monica Walker

UnREAL Fiona Berlin

[ 2016-2018]Love Susan Cheryl

Grey's Anatomy Roberta Gibbs

The First Nancy

[ 2017-2018]Gone FBI Agent Maya Kennedy

Mad About You Dean Calhoun

The Affair Joyce

The Good Doctor Patricia Reynolds

Abby's Emily

(home)Schooled Roberta

NCIS: Los Angeles Lt. Col. Lucilla Catro

Curb Your Enthusiasm Female Traveler

Blindspot Arla Grigoryan

Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector Agent Cutter

Sidetracked Leigh

[ 2019-2021]Truth Be Told Desiree Scoville

[ 2020-2022]Station 19 Dr. Diane Lewis

Love, Victor Naomi

The Legend of Vox Machina Everlight

Queen Sugar Camille

[ 2021-2022]Family Guy Beautiful Woman, Pouncy

Tab Time Frieda Fraidy Cat

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Broadway Rewind: Adam Kantor Takes BroadwayWorld Backstage at RENT

Rewind to 2008 when the Broadway cast of Rent took BroadwayWorld behind the scenes!

Frank Wood, Abubakr Ali & b Join TOROS at Second Stage Theater Uptown

Complete casting has been set for Second Stage Theater's TOROS by Danny Tejera and directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch. See who is starring, and learn how to purchase tickets!

2023 Second Stage Theater Uptown Series to Present TOROS By Danny Tejera This Summer

Second Stage Theater will present TOROS, written by Danny Tejera and directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, this summer at Second Stage Theater Uptown.

Del Shores To Be Honored With Career Achievement Gala At Celebration Theatre

Celebration Theatre, one of the world's longest-running LGBTQ+ theatres, is hosting an awards gala Saturday, March 11th, 2-5pm, to celebrate its arts community's creative heroes during an entertaining afternoon of special appearances and social festivities that will become an annual tradition.

VIDEO: Octavia Spencer & Gabrielle Union Lead TRUTH BE TOLD Season Three Trailer

Apple TV+ has unveiled the trailer for the third season of its NAACP Image Award-winning anthology “Truth Be Told” starring Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer, who also executive produces, and award-winning actress Gabrielle Union, who joins the all-new season. The video trailer also stars Ron Cephas Jones, Merle Dandridge, and Tracie Thoms.

Broadway Streaming Guide: January 2023 - Where to Watch Pamela Anderson's Documentary & More

Although it may be a new year, a few classics are returning to streaming services, giving Broadway fans the perfect throwback binge list, plus some exciting new cast recordings that will start your new year off right!

Broadway Lover's Guide to HBO Max

HBO Max offers a collection of content curated from across WarnerMedia's catalog and a roster of new Max Originals. Among those include an impressive lineup of muscials, plays, and films that theater lovers will enjoy. From Dear Evan Hansen to West Side Story to Cats, check out what Broadway lovers can stream on HBO Max now!

Photos: Go Inside Opening Night of AIN'T TOO PROUD in Los Angeles

Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations opened at Center Theatre Group at the Ahmanson Theater on Thursday, December 15th and runs through January 1st. Check out photos from the opening here!

FRIGID New York Will Present 14th Annual The Fire This Time Festival in January 2023

FRIGID New York will present the 14th Annual The Fire This Time Festival at The Kraine Theater (85 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003), January 16-29, 2023. 

Audible and Broadway Video to Present New Slate of Star-Studded Scripted Comedy Podcasts

Audible Inc. has announced a new slate of original comedy podcasts with longtime collaborators, Broadway Video Enterprises. In addition to new originals, Audible greenlit the second season of the hit Audible Original, Hot White Heist.

OWN TV's QUEEN SUGAR Final Season Now Filming in New Orleans

'Queen Sugar” will return to OWN this fall for its seventh and final season boasting a directorial line-up of returning all-star directors, including creator and executive producer Ava DuVernay. From ARRAY Filmworks and Warner Bros. Television, the series has started production on the final episode in and around New Orleans.

Center Theatre Group Announces Six Commissions of Woman-Identifying or Non-Binary Black Playwrights

Center Theatre Group is announcing six new commissions as an extension of Not a Moment, But a Movement initiative created to amplify, center and celebrate Black voices.

FALSETTOS, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH & More Announced for BroadwayHD Pride Month Lineup

BroadwayHD is delivering a variety of titles this June for viewers at home to stream. Additionally, they offer an extensive list of titles and documentaries worth viewing in honor of Pride month!

Cast Announced for World Premiere of 53% OF as Part of Second Stage's Uptown Series

Second Stage Theater has announced casting for the upcoming world premiere production of 53% OF. The production will feature ANNA CRIVELLI, EDEN MALYN, MARIANNA McCLELLAN, GRACE REX, CATHRYN WAKE, and AYANA WORKMAN.

Photos: Billy Porter-Helmed THE LIFE Concludes Performances at Encores!

Just last night, New York City Center Encores! wrapped up The Life, directed and adapted by Billy Porter. The production starred Jelani Alladin as Lou, Alexandra Grey as Queen, Antwayn Hopper as Memphis, Grammy nominee Mykal Kilgore as Young JoJo, Grammy Award winner Ledisi as Sonja, Erika Olson as Mary, Destan Owens as Old Jojo, and Ken Robinson as Fleetwood. Check out photos from inside closing night.

The CRAFT Institute And San Francisco's African-American Shakespeare Company Join Forces With Michele Shay For ECHOES OF US

The African Diasporic Network has finally announced plans for its first production, Echoes of Us, to be directed by none other than Michele Shay. 

Photos: LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE Red Carpet At the Wallis Annenberg

Casting has been announced for For The Record and The Wallis' production of LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE, the multimedia concert celebration of the beloved holiday film from Universal Pictures/Working Title, with performances from Saturday, November 27 to Friday, December 31, 2021, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Broadway and television star Aaron Lazar (Fox's Filthy Rich, Broadway's The Last Ship, A Little Night Music, Les Misérables, and The Light in the Piazza) joins the exciting lineup of talented performers alongside singer/songwriter, musician, producer and engineer, Brian McKnight Jr., who comes from a legendary musically gifted family including famed father Brian McKnight. American Idol 4th place finalist on season 4, Anthony Fedorov, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist actor Michael Thomas Grant, and RCA recording artist Nina Nelson, member of girl group Citizen Queen (with over 30 million music video views), also join the cast for the first time. Rounding out the group of newcomers is Cheyenne Wells who starred in the recent production of Little Shop of Horrors at Pasadena Playhouse with MJ Rodriguez.

Scoop: Coming Up on a New Episode of 9-1-1 on FOX - Monday, November 1, 2021

Get all the scoop on 9-1-1, airing on FOX on Monday, November 1, 2021! This episode guest-stars Tracie Thoms. Watch a preview of the new episode now!

VIDEO: Watch Ramin Karimloo Sing 'Welcome to My World' from Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater's SOME LOVERS

Earlier this month, Broadway Records released the world premiere concept recording of SOME LOVERS - a concept recording written by six-time Grammy and three-time Academy Award Winner Burt Bacharach (Promises, Promises; Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) and Grammy, two-time Tony, and Olivier Award Winner Steven Sater (Spring Awakening, Alice By Heart). 

Joe Iconis, Tracie Thoms, Bonnie Milligan and More Join Rhinebeck Writers Retreat 10th Anniversary Fundraiser

Rhinebeck Writers Retreat is having a 10th anniversary virtual fundraiser November 18th at 7:00pm EST, 'Celebrating a Decade of Writers & New Musicals.'


Tracie Thoms has appeared on Broadway in 7 shows.

Tracie Thoms has not appeared in the West End

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