Theresa Wayman

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Theresa Wayman
A woman performing live on-stage. She is holding a red guitar. A drum kit is seen in the background.
Theresa Wayman performing in 2012
Background information
Birth name Theresa Becker Wayman
Born (1980-06-23) June 23, 1980 (age 37)
Eugene, Oregon, U.S.
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Indie rock, art rock, dream pop
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter, actress
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards, drums, bass
Years active 2004–present
Labels Manimal, Rough Trade
Associated acts Warpaint, Vincent Gallo

Theresa Becker Wayman (born June 23, 1980) is an American musician, singer-songwriter and occasional actress, best known as guitarist and vocalist of the indie rock band Warpaint.

Personal life[edit]

Theresa was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon. She became interested in music at age 9, when she started "jamming along with [her] dad" on guitar. At age 10, her mother encouraged her to learn piano.[1] Wayman has said that she "dabbled in guitar as a teen; then got really serious about guitar and drums when [she] was about 21".[2] Wayman's musical influences from her childhood and adolescence include Talking Heads, Cyndi Lauper, Tina Turner, Jimmy Page and Björk.[1][3] During her adolescence, Wayman became close friends with Emily Kokal, with whom she would later form Warpaint. Both traveled through Europe together in their late teenage years and lived together in New York, Los Angeles and California.[4]

Wayman has one son, who was born in 2005. She has said that since becoming a mother, she is "more inspired, and my life is more rich in a certain sense. Because you see the value of human life, and just how fast time moves along. All of a sudden your son is five years old, and you see just how much has happened in that time. It's a good perspective".[2]

Music career[edit]

Wayman performing at Primavera Sound in 2011.

After relocating to Los Angeles, Wayman formed Warpaint on Valentine's Day 2004 with Kokal and sisters Jenny Lee Lindberg and Shannyn Sossamon.[5] The band spent four years performing around Los Angeles and composing original material before self-releasing its debut EP, Exquisite Corpse, in August 2008. Following a number of lineup changes in 2009—which included Wayman recruiting drummer Stella Mozgawa[4]—Warpaint released its debut studio album, The Fool, in October 2010 on Rough Trade Records. The album was well received by critics,[6] peaked at No. 176 on the Billboard 200, and charted in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Wayman also had "a brief spell" as a member of Vincent Gallo's backing band in 2005. Describing the experience, she said, "I was really, really bummed when Warpaint split up, and was really grateful to be able to keep playing. He and I were going to continue playing, but then Warpaint got back together, and I had to go with that. Because Warpaint is my heart and soul".[2]

As a guitarist, she is known for playing a Fender Mustang.[7]

Film career[edit]

Wayman occasionally works as an actress, and has appeared in two feature films and two short films. In 2002, she appeared in a minor role as a food service girl in The Rules of Attraction,[8] alongside later bandmate Sossamon. She later portrayed J.T. in Rift, a 2004 short film by Sam Goldberg, and Ada in Burke Roberts' 2006 short film Insult to Injury.[9] In 2010, Wayman played a supporting role in Pete Smalls Is Dead,[8] portraying Saskia, "a laconic femme fatale".[10]


With Warpaint


  1. ^ a b "Theresa Wayman of Warpaint". VOX. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Warpaint Interview – An Interview with Theresa Wayman of Warpaint". InterActiveCorp. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ Upton, Chelsea (April 8, 2011). "Q&A: Warpaint's Theresa Wayman Wonders Why There Aren't More All-Girl Rock Bands". Dallas Observer. Village Voice Media. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Barton, Laura (February 12, 2011). "Warpaint: Women on the verge | Music". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Warpaint reveal their Valentine's Day secret – video | News". NME. IPC Media. June 17, 2010. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  6. ^ "The Fool Reviews, Ratings, Credits and More". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  7. ^ Menconi, David (April 3, 2011). "Warpaint Deliver Tidal Wave of Sonic Textures". Fender. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Theresa Wayman movies, photos, movie reviews, filmography and biography". AllRovi. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Theresa Wayman". Internet Movie Database. Amazon. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  10. ^ Hudson, David (November 12, 2011). "Los Angeles. "Human Zoo" + "Pete Smalls is Dead" on Notebook". MUBI. Retrieved December 4, 2012.