Tracee Chimo

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Tracee Chimo
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Tracee Chimo, 2011
OccupationActress, dancer

Tracee Chimo is an American stage and film actress, who became an arts critic favorite[1] after her 2012 breakout role as Daphna, the antagonist in Joshua Harmon’s dark comedy Bad Jews. She is known for her versatility, as is evidenced by her ability to transform her physical appearance to suit the needs of her character. It has been suggested that her early training as a dancer contributed to Chimo's understanding of how physical changes affect how others perceive a character, as well as how they evidence the individual's inner life.[2]

Early life

Chimo was born in Saugus, Massachusetts. Her father is of Albanian descent and her mother is of Irish and Italian ancestry (her father is an Albanian Orthodox Christian, and her mother is Catholic).[3][4][5] She splits her time between living in Los Angeles and New York City.[citation needed]


Chimo's 2010 work in Bachelorette and Circle Mirror Transformation was praised by Erik Piepenburg of The New York Times, who lauded Chimo for transforming herself into two characters so distinct from one another, commenting, "If, at the same time, you could meet the shy, expressionless Lauren, mumbling into the wall of her red hoodie, and the glittering, claws-extended Regan, the meanest predator on the hunt, it would be hard to believe that they are the same person underneath. And maybe they aren’t — even if the actress Tracee Chimo channeled those characters to critical acclaim in two Off-Broadway plays this season."[6] Chimo's performance in Mirror was also singled out by Elisabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post, who called her "a master of the comic silent reaction."[7]

In 2012, Charles Isherwood of The New York Times, who also noted Chimo's performances in these two productions, called her work in the Broadway revival of Harvey "excellent". Echoing other critic's, Isherwood stated, "What's most startling about this actress is her versatility: she seems to be almost physically transformed from performance to performance, so deeply does she burrow into her characters’ identities. I didn’t recognize her at all, with her hair a frizzy nimbus of angry-looking dark curls and her face scrubbed free of makeup, in keeping with Daphna’s righteous self-seriousness."[1]

In 2016 TBS premiered the TV comedy series People of Earth, on which Chimo plays Chelsea Healey.[8]

Awards and nominations

2014 Lucille Lortel Win for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play" for Bad Jews[9]

2013 Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for "Outstanding Lead Actress - Bad Jews[10]

2013 Drama League Award nomination for "Distinguished Performance - Bad Jews[11]

2013 Rising Star Award - Winner from the Salem State University Alumni Association[citation needed]

2011 Stage Scene Award LA for "Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Drama" for her work in Neil LaBute's The Break of Noon[12]

2011 Clarence Derwent Award on June 14 for "Most Promising Actress in New York City"[13]

2011 Lucille Lortel Nomination for "Outstanding Lead Actress" in Bachelorette[14]

2010 Drama Desk Award for "Outstanding Ensemble Performance" in Circle Mirror Transformation[15]

2010 Obie Award for Circle Mirror Transformation[16]

2010 Lucille Lortel Nomination for "Outstanding Featured Actress" in Circle Mirror Transformation[17]


Year Title Role
2012 The Five-Year Engagement Margaret
2013 He's Way More Famous Than You Tracee
2013 Gods Behaving Badly River Styx
2013 Concussion Woman #2
2013 Side Effects Receptionist
2013 Take Care Rachel
2014 Cyber Secretary
2016 Sully Evelyn May
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Guiding Light Jamie Collick
2010 Louie Dog Pound Volunteer Episode: "Dogpound"
2011 Inside the Actor’s Studio Apartment Actress
2012 First Dates with Toby Harris Michelle Episode: "Movies"
2012 I Just Want My Pants Back Dylan
2013–2015 Orange Is the New Black Neri Feldman 8 episodes
2013 The Good Wife Chrissy Quinn Episode: "Outside the Bubble"
2014 The Money Jane Mulvaney[18][19] Pilot
2013 Black Box Mackenzie Teller 5 episodes
2014 Royal Pains Lauren Episode: "Oh, M.G."
2015 High Maintenance Orly Episode: "Esme"
2015–2017 Difficult People Gaby 6 episodes
2016–2017 People of Earth Chelsea Healey 10 episodes
2018–2019 Madam Secretary Nina Cummings
2018 Genius Gertrude Stein
Title Role Notes
Circle Mirror Transformation Lauren Sundance Theatre Lab[20]

Playwrights Horizons[21]

Origin Story Zoe Sundance Theatre Lab
Vamp Angela Emerging Artists Theatre
Bushwhackin’ Amber Waves Primary Stages
Guilty Lindsey Acorn Theatre @ Theatre Row
365 Days 365 Plays Week 37 The Public Theater
Hollywood Nurses Nurse Suzanne ARS Nova
Vendetta Chrome Tallulah Clubbedthumb

The Ohio Theatre

Irena’s Vow Fanka Silberman BPAC

The Walter Kerr Theatre [22] Rose Nagelberg Theatre

Bachelorette Regan Second Stage Theatre[23]
Break of Noon Host/GiGi Lucille Lortel Theater[23]

MCC Theater[23] Geffen Playhouse[23]

Harvey Myrtle Mae Roundabout Theatre[23]

Studio 54[23]

Bad Jews Daphna Roundabout Theatre[23]

Laura Pels Theatre[24]


  1. ^ a b Isherwood, Charles (30 October 2012). "Tiny Space, Big Enough for Emotions". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  2. ^ New York Times [New York City] 14 August 2010, pag. C1 An Actress Wielding a Dancer’s Intuition.
  3. ^ "Bad Jews Kvetching Over Good Soup Off-Broadway".
  4. ^ Company, Roundabout Theatre. "Interview with Tracee Chimo".
  5. ^ "Orange Is the New Black's Tracee Chimo Stars In Off-Broadway Revival Bad Jews". 10 October 2013.
  6. ^ Piepenburg, Erik (14 August 2010). "An Actress Wielding a Dancer’s Intuition". The New York Times, p. C1.
  7. ^ Vincentelli, Elisaeth (October 14, 2009). "‘Mirror’ reflects well on cast". New York Post
  8. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (July 30, 2015). "Wyatt Cenac, Alice Wetterlund, Luka Jones, Brian Huskey & More Join TBS' 'The Group'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Awards and Info Page for Bad Jews". Lortel Archives. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  10. ^ "Outer Critics Circle Awards Nominations Announced". TheaterMania. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  11. ^ Miller, Gregory. "2013 Drama League Awards nominations announced". NY Post. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  12. ^ "StageSceneLA Announces Best Of 2010-2011 Awards! aka "The Scenies"". StageSceneLA. Steven Stanley. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  13. ^ "The Clarence Derwent Award". Actor's Equity Association Website. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
  14. ^ "NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2011 LUCILLE LORTEL AWARDS". Retrieved 5 September 2011.
  15. ^ Mandell, Johnathan. "2010 Drama Desk Award Nominations". 2010 Drama Desk Award Winners. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
  16. ^ "Off-Broadway's Highest Honor". The Village Voice. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
  17. ^ Healy, Patrick. "Lucille Lortel Nominees Announced". New York Times. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
  18. ^ Goldberg, Lesley. "Ray Liotta, Mamie Gummer Among David Milch 'Money' Cast Additions". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  19. ^ "Billy Magnussen Joins HBO's 'The Money'; Rosemary Harris, Mamie Gummer, Ray Liotta To Recur". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  20. ^ Baker, Annie. "The Actor Crushes of Circle Mirror Transformation Scribe Annie Baker". Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  21. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Baker's Comedy About Theatre Games, Circle Mirror Transformation, Opens in NYC". Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  22. ^ Rooney, David. "Irena's Vow". Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  23. ^ a b c d e f g "Tracee Chimo's About The Artists Page". About The Artists. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  24. ^ Lipton, Brian Scott. "Tracee Chimo Is Even Better When She's Bad". New York Theatre Magazine. Retrieved 14 October 2013.