September 22, 2017
Meet 2017 WHW NYC Honoree Cynthia Erivo
Voss Foundation is excited to introduce Tony, Grammy, and Emmy award-winning actress, Cynthia Erivo as one of our 2017 Women Helping Women New York City Honorees. We look forward to hearing from Cynthia and co-honoree, award-winning journalist, Tamron Hall, on November 8, 2017. For more information and tickets click here.
Cynthia Erivo is a multiple award-winning actress who has made a name for herself on both West End and Broadway stages.
Erivo made her Broadway debut reprising her starring role as ‘Celie’ in the critically acclaimed revival of “The Color Purple.” She first played the role in 2013 at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory, earning rave reviews and an Evening Standard Theatre Award nomination for Best Musical Performance and a WhatsOnStage Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. Her performance on Broadway earned her the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical, as well as the Drama Desk Award, Theatre World and Outer Critics Circle Awards and a Drama League Award nomination.
Erivo is currently shooting the Lionsgate feature CHAOS WALKING for director Doug Liman, in a cast featuring Mads Mikkelsen, Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, and David Oyelowo. At the start of next year, Cynthia will be playing the female lead in Drew Goddard’s BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE, opposite Jeff Bridges, Russell Crowe, and Chris Hemsworth. Erivo recently wrapped her first feature film role in Steve McQueen’s WIDOWS, across from Viola Davis, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell and Michelle Rodriguez. She is also attached to the title role of HARRIET, a biopic of the legendary abolitionist for Stay Gold Features and Debra Martin Chase.
In spring 2015, Erivo appeared as ‘Puck’ in the Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse production of William Shakespeare’ s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” directed by Nick Bagnall. In fall 2014, she returned to her classical roots in the Donmar Warehouse’s acclaimed all-female production of “Henry IV,” opposite Dame Harriet Walter, directed by Phyllida Lloyd. In summer 2014, she played the lead in the European premiere of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty musical, “ Dessa Rose,” at Trafalgar Studios.
Erivo’s additional theatre credits include the Perfect Pitch musical, “Lift,” directed by Steven Paling; Kneehigh Theatre’s production of “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” at the Gielgud Theatre; the starring role of ‘Deloris Van Cartier’ in the UK tour of Jerry Zaks’ production of “Sister Act;” Harry Hill and Simon Cowell’s critically acclaimed musical, “I Can’t Sing,” at the London Palladium in the West End; Simon Stephens’ “Marine Parade,” which premiered at the 2010 Brighton Festival, John Adams’ experimental song play, “I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw The Sky,” at Theatre Royal Stratford East; and Dominic Hill’s “The Three Musketeers and The Princess of Spain” at Traverse, Belgrade and English Touring theatres.
In addition to her stage career, Cynthia is an accomplished songwriter, having written the song, “Fly Before You Fall,” for the 2014 feature film “Beyond the Lights.” In March 2015, she made her solo concert debut with the show entitled “Hear My Soul” at Kings Place in London.
A UK native, Erivo graduated from the famed Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in 2010.