ACTOR OF THE MONTH
Nehassaiu deGannes’ (she/her/hers) New York credits include two Off-Broadway world premieres: Soho Rep’s Obie-Award Winning Is God Is by Aleshea Harris and The Assembly’s SEAGULLMACHINE at LaMaMa. Currently, she is “Victoria, Vicky, Vee and Woman in Black” in Arena Stage’s world-premiere of The High Ground, running now through April 2nd! Written by Nathan Alan Davis and directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian, Nehassaiu stars opposite Phillip James Brannon in this two-hander inspired by The Tulsa Race Massacre. Recent regional credits include Simon Godwin’s Much Ado About Nothing (STC,) Three Musketeers and Sweat (Cleveland Play House,) My Lord, What A Night (Florida Studio Theatre’s rolling premiere,) Romeo & Juliet/Our Town (Alabama Shakespeare Festival,) KINGS (Studio Theatre,) Measure for Measure, Intimate Apparel and Or, (Shakespeare & Co.,) The Last Wife (WAM,) Marisol (Luna Stage,) The Convert (Underground Railway,) and King Lear (Chicago Shakes.) Other highlights include the Canadian premiere of Never Not Once (Theatre Aquarius) and Romeo & Juliet, Three Musketeers, and Merchant of Venice at The Stratford Festival of Canada. Nehassaiu appears in the feature film, Equal Standard co-produced by Ice-T, and is a published poet. Her book Music for Exile received the 2021 Sheila Margaret Motton Book Award and is available from Tupelo Press, Bookshop.org and your favorite indie bookstore. Part Time faculty in Princeton University’s Theater Program in The Lewis Center for The Arts when her acting commitments allow, this spring Nehassaiu is developing and teaching a new Advanced Acting Course… and yes, commuting Mondays from DC! Homebase: Brooklyn. Favorite Organization to volunteer for: 52nd Street Project! Training: Brown University and Trinity Rep Conservatory.
Website: nehassaiu.com IG: @nehassaiu