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TRACIE THOMS (Joanne) has had wide-ranging success in film, television, and theatre throughout her career. She’s considered one of the rising stars of a new generation of talented and versatile American actors.
Tracie realized a long-held dream in 2008, when she starred as Joanne in the final weeks of the historic 12-year run of the Broadway musical Rent. Previously, she played the same crucial role in Sony’s film of Rent, opposite Rosario Dawson, Taye Diggs, and Jesse Martin.
In 2007, she starred opposite Kurt Russell in Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse: Death Proof. The New York Times and other major media outlets gave Tracie rave reviews. She was also featured opposite Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada for director David Frankel.
Tracie starred on Broadway opposite Alfre Woodard in Regina Taylor’s Drowning Crow. She was a lead in the critically acclaimed The Exonerated at The Culture Project Off-Broadway, and she’s been featured in The 24-Hour Plays, The 24-Hour Musicals, and the new plays 10 Things To Do Before I Die for New York’s Second Stage Theatre and And Her Hair Went With Her at Los Angeles’ Fountain Theatre.
Tracie was a regular on the long-running CBS series Cold Case. She also starred on the Fox series Wonderfalls and UPN’s As If; had a memorable guest role as CCH Pounder’s tortured daughter on FX’s The Shield; and appeared in the indie films Sex and Breakfast, Chris Rock’s Good Hair and Peter and Vandy.
Tracie began studying acting in her hometown of Baltimore at the age of 9. She attended high school at the prestigious Baltimore School for the Arts. Later, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Howard University and a graduate degree in acting from New York City’s renowned Juilliard School.