Tracee Chimo, 2011
Saugus, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
New York City, New York, U.S.
Tracee Chimo is an American stage and film actress, who became an arts critic favorite 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.
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). She splits her time between living in Los Angeles and New York City.
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." 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."
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."
Awards and nominations
2013 Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for "Outstanding Lead Actress - Bad Jews
2013 Drama League Award nomination for "Distinguished Performance - Bad Jews
2011 Lucille Lortel Nomination for "Outstanding Lead Actress" in Bachelorette
2010 Lucille Lortel Nomination for "Outstanding Featured Actress" in Circle Mirror Transformation
|2012||The Five-Year Engagement||Margaret|
|2013||He's Way More Famous Than You||Tracee|
|2013||Gods Behaving Badly||River Styx|
|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||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-Present||Madam Secretary (TV series)||Nina Cummings|
|Circle Mirror Transformation||Lauren||Sundance Theatre Lab|
|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|
|Irena’s Vow||Fanka Silberman||BPAC|
|Bachelorette||Regan||Second Stage Theatre|
|Break of Noon||Host/GiGi||Lucille Lortel Theater|
|Harvey||Myrtle Mae||Roundabout Theatre|
|Bad Jews||Daphna||Roundabout Theatre|
- Isherwood, Charles (30 October 2012). "Tiny Space, Big Enough for Emotions". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
- New York Times [New York City] 14 August 2010, pag. C1 An Actress Wielding a Dancer’s Intuition.
- "Bad Jews Kvetching Over Good Soup Off-Broadway".
- Company, Roundabout Theatre. "Interview with Tracee Chimo".
- "Orange Is the New Black's Tracee Chimo Stars In Off-Broadway Revival Bad Jews". 10 October 2013.
- Piepenburg, Erik (14 August 2010). "An Actress Wielding a Dancer’s Intuition". The New York Times, p. C1.
- Vincentelli, Elisaeth (October 14, 2009). "‘Mirror’ reflects well on cast". New York Post
- 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.
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- "Outer Critics Circle Awards Nominations Announced". TheaterMania. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
- Miller, Gregory. "2013 Drama League Awards nominations announced". NY Post. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
- "StageSceneLA Announces Best Of 2010-2011 Awards! aka "The Scenies"". StageSceneLA. Steven Stanley. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
- "The Clarence Derwent Award". Actor's Equity Association Website. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
- "NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2011 LUCILLE LORTEL AWARDS". OffBroadway.com. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
- Mandell, Johnathan. "2010 Drama Desk Award Nominations". 2010 Drama Desk Award Winners. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
- "Off-Broadway's Highest Honor". The Village Voice. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
- Healy, Patrick. "Lucille Lortel Nominees Announced". New York Times. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
- Goldberg, Lesley. "Ray Liotta, Mamie Gummer Among David Milch 'Money' Cast Additions". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
- "Billy Magnussen Joins HBO's 'The Money'; Rosemary Harris, Mamie Gummer, Ray Liotta To Recur". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
- Baker, Annie. "The Actor Crushes of Circle Mirror Transformation Scribe Annie Baker". Broadway.com. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
- Jones, Kenneth. "Baker's Comedy About Theatre Games, Circle Mirror Transformation, Opens in NYC". Playbill.com. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
- Rooney, David. "Irena's Vow". Variety.com. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
- "Tracee Chimo's About The Artists Page". About The Artists. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
- Lipton, Brian Scott. "Tracee Chimo Is Even Better When She's Bad". New York Theatre Magazine. Retrieved 14 October 2013.