Phoebe Strole

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Phoebe Strole
Born Phoebe Kathryne Strole
(1983-01-22) January 22, 1983 (age 35)
Fort Worth, Texas
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 2001-present

Phoebe Kathryne Strole (born January 22, 1983[1] in Fort Worth, Texas) is an American actress and singer who is best known for originating the role of Anna in the 2006 Broadway musical Spring Awakening.

Early life[edit]

Strole graduated from Southwest High School in Fort Worth, Texas.[2] While in high school, Strole performed in several productions at Casa Mañana Theatre in Fort Worth, Texas, including Evita, Violet and Bye Bye Birdie.[3] In 2001, Strole starred as Jean in A Different Moon at the Penguin Repertory Theatre in Stony Point, New York.[4][5] Additional Penguin Rep credits include Animal of the Year.

She graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2006 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama. Tisch credits include a reading of When Grace Comes In opposite Marcia Gay Harden.[6]

Stage career[edit]

Strole is perhaps best known for her role in the Broadway musical Spring Awakening in which she played the role of Anna and understudied the roles of Wendla and Ilse.[7] She played the role from the musical's Broadway debut on December 10, 2006 through July 19, 2008. She also played the same role in the original Off Broadway production earlier during the summer of 2006. Phoebe shared her final performance in Spring Awakening on July 19, 2008 with fellow costars Skylar Astin, Remy Zaken, Brian Charles Johnson and Lilli Cooper. She was the eldest OBC playing a principal role, having been 23 when cast.

Strole was a cast member in The New Group production of Eugene O'Neill's play Mourning Becomes Electra at the Alcorn Theatre in New York, which ran from January 27 to April 18, 2009.[8]

Strole performed in Parade at the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles from September 24 to November 19, 2009.[9]

Strole played the role of Vera Dundee in The Metal Children, written and directed by Adam Rapp, from May 5 to June 13, 2010 at the Vineyard Theatre.[10] From March through April 2012, she appeared in Dan LeFranc's The Big Meal at Playwrights Horizons.[11]

She was seen alongside Edie Falco in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of The Madrid, which began previews on February 5, 2013, and opened on February 26, 2013. The show ran until May 5, 2013, after it had been extended.[12]

Strole appeared in the Signature Theatre Company production of Kung Fu by David Henry Hwang. The play ran from February 4 through April 6, 2014 at the Pershing Square Signature Center.[13] In October 2014, Strole played Lena in The Other Room, a solo show performed as part of Premieres' Inner Voices series.[14]

Film and television[edit]

Strole starred in The Time Travelers Convention, an original musical podcast about her trying to travel back in time into the dinosaur age.[15] The musical premiered on YouTube on January 11, 2011.[16]

In 2006, she narrated an audiobook version of The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.

Television credits include a recurring role as Jennifer on the FX Network's show Rescue Me. She has also had guest lead appearances on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, 30 Rock, Mercy and Stella.[1]

Strole starred as Sara in the 2009 film Sorority Wars. Strole starred as Epiphany Sellars in the 2008 film Hamlet 2 alongside Steve Coogan and her Spring Awakening co-star Skylar Astin. She sang "Raped in the Face" and "Rock Me Sexy Jesus" on the soundtrack with Astin and Coogan. Additional movie credits include Descent and My One and Only.[1]

Strole's friend, Lea Michele, announced on Twitter on August 22, 2013, that Strole was set to appear on Glee during its fifth season.[17] Her character, Penny Owen, was a sophomore in college and Sam Evans' new love interest.[18] She appeared in two episodes.

Grammy awards[edit]

  • Nomination/Win 2008: Best Musical Show Album Spring Awakening (Musical)



Year Title Role Company/Venue
2001 A Different Moon Jean Penguin Repertory Theatre
2006-2008 Spring Awakening Anna Atlantic Theater Company

Eugene O'Neill Theatre (Broadway)

2009 Mourning Becomes Electra Hazel Niles The New Group
2009 Parade Essie Center Theatre Group (Los Angeles)
2010 The Metal Children Vera Dundee Vineyard Theatre
2011 F2M Lucy New York Stage and Film
2012 The Big Meal Nicole Playwrights Horizons
2013 The Madrid Sarah Manhattan Theatre Club
2014 Kung Fu Linda Signature Theatre Company
2014 The Other Room Lena Premieres


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Descent Innocent Girl
2008 Hamlet 2 Epiphany Sellars
2009 My One and Only Wendy
2009 Sorority Wars Sara Snow Television film
2011 The Lonely Pair Short film


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Rescue Me Jennifer 3 episodes
2005 Stella Teenage Girl Episode: "Amusement Park"
2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Alexis Kippes 2 episodes
2009 30 Rock Becca Episode: "Goodbye, My Friend"
2010 Mercy Lily Episode: "We're All Adults"
2013 Glee Penny Owen 2 episodes
2014 Submissions Only Jill Peters Episode: "Box of Dirt"
2018 Glow Susan 2 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Bully Lola Lombardi Motion capture
2007 Manhunt 2 Daniel's Daughter, Asylum PA Motion capture
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Business Woman


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  2. ^ Marton, Andrew (December 8, 2006). "It's Springtime for Local Actress". Star-Telegram.
  3. ^ The Metal Children - Off-Broadway (2010-06-02). "Phoebe Strole on Spring Awakening Memories and Seducing Billy Crudup in The Metal Children | Broadway Buzz". Retrieved 2014-03-16.
  4. ^ James F. Cotter,For the Times Herald-Record (2002-08-16). "Penguin's 'Moon' full of emotion". Retrieved 2014-03-16.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Spring Awakening - Tickets | Broadway's Best Shows | Broadway's Best Shows". 2014-03-07. Archived from the original on 2014-01-04. Retrieved 2014-03-16.
  7. ^ Original Cast biographies, Spring Awakening, Broadway Musical Playbill. December 10, 2006.
  8. ^ Mourning Becomes Electra (2008-12-18). "Casting Complete for New Group's Mourning Becomes Electra | Broadway Buzz". Retrieved 2014-03-16.
  9. ^ "Parade | Sept 24 - Nov 15, 2009 | Mark Taper Forum | Center Theatre Group | Los Angeles". Center Theatre Group. Archived from the original on 2012-06-30. Retrieved 2014-03-16.
  10. ^ [1] Archived August 6, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "Anita Gillette, Phoebe Strole, David Wilson Barnes and More Will Bite Into The Big Meal in NYC". 2012-02-02. Archived from the original on 2014-03-16. Retrieved 2014-03-16.
  12. ^ Brantley, Ben. "The Madrid-2013 -". Retrieved 2014-03-16.
  13. ^ "Phoebe Strole, Jon Rua and More Join David Henry Hwang's Kung Fu; Complete Casting Announced". 2014-01-09. Archived from the original on 2014-01-18. Retrieved 2014-03-16.
  14. ^ "Andrea Frierson & Phoebe Strole Set for Premieres' INNER VOICES, Begin. 10/4". 2014-09-18. Retrieved 2014-12-23.
  15. ^ "The Time Travelers Convention" Archived 2007-10-08 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved April 10, 2011.
  16. ^ "Nick Blaemire & Phoebe Stole to Appear in THE TIME TRAVELERS CONVENTION"', January 11, 2011. Retrieved April 10, 2011.
  17. ^ Michele, Lea (August 22, 2013). "Such amazing news that two of my very best friends are going to be on #Glee this year! @ddlovato & @PhoebeStrole!". Twitter. Retrieved August 22, 2013.
  18. ^ "Glee: Meet Sam's Season 5 Love Interest". Retrieved August 23, 2013.

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