• Abigail Ramsay

    Actress * Director * Theatre Practitioner

  • From her first professional production, where she played an over-taxed social worker in a London hostel, confronting the full scale of the post-Balkan war refugee crisis, Abigail has been committed to engaging audiences with innovative, adventurous, and socially relevant work. She is an actor, director, producer, and arts manager and has been honored to collaborate with extraordinary artists and work at the intersection of multiple genres.

  • Education

    Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)

    Three-Year Acting Diploma

    Brown University

    A.B. English Literature

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    Thoughts, musings, and ruminations.

  • Projects

    Recent Performance and Directing Work

    "Running on Glass" by Cynthia L. Cooper

    NYSSSA School of Theatre

    "Running on Glass" details the lives of six ground-breaking athletes, who smashed walls for themselves and generations of women to follow.

    Performed at the NY State Summer School for the Arts at SUNY Delhi, in Delhi, NY.

    Violated! Women in the Holocaust and Genocide

    Remember the Women Institute at the Ronald Feldman Gallery

    The premiere of A Congolese Refugee Lives to Survive, performed by Abigail Ramsay and written by Cynthia L. Cooper, adapted (with permission) from an interview conducted by HIAS in South Africa.

    Serious Adverse Effects (Workshop)

    National Black Theatre

    By Derek McPhatter | Directed by Mary E. Hodges

    Featuring: Abigail Ramsay, Patrice Bell, Nadia Brown, & Christopher M. Smith

    Part of the I AM Soul Playwright's residency

    THE (2nd) UN-AUGURATION, An Evening of American Voices

    29th Street Playwrights Collective

    An evening of short plays, spoken word and flash drama about living in America TODAY!

    Featuring short plays by: Melissa Bell, Cynthia Cooper, Quinn D. Eli, David Hilder, Penny Jackson, Robin Rice, Carrie Robbins, David Sard, John Robert Tillotson, Michael Wells-Oakes, Matthew J. Wells, Suzanne Willet.

    Prison Baby: Deborah Jiang-Stein with Gloria Steinem

    Brooklyn Museum Sackler Center series “States of Denial: The Illegal Incarceration of Women, Children, and People of Color.”

    Performing the stories of incarcerated women around the country. Deborah Jiang-Stein, author of the memoir Prison Baby, will be joined by Gloria Steinem for an authentic and intimate conversation about the mass incarceration of women, mental illness and substance abuse within prisons nationwide, the collateral damage when mothers are incarcerated, and community alternatives to incarceration that work.

    Beyond the Oak Trees

    National Black Theatre Festival 2017 (Winston-Salem, NC)

    Playing the dual roles of Harriet Tubman and a woman who joined her on her last trip on the underground railroad.

    The Room Sings

    Talking Band at LaMama ETC (NYC)

    A room in a country house sings of those who have lived there over a span of seventy years. Performed with striking theatricality by OBIE award winning Talking Band using an array of genres – 40’s Noir, Chinese Ghost Tale, Chekhovian Farce/Tragedy, and a Sicilian Puppet Opera sung by beavers – their stories intertwine and illumine each other.

    Beyond the Oak Trees

    Crossroads Theatre Company (New Brunswick, NJ)

    Playing the dual roles of Harriet Tubman and a woman who joined her on her last trip on the underground railroad.

    Girl Be Heard: Across Borders Trinidad

    Central Bank Auditorium


    Directed U.S. Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago-sponsored performance of award-winning show Trafficked.

    Girl Be Heard: Across Borders Geneva

    Graduate Institute and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations


    Girl Be Heard was deeply honored to have been invited by Ambassador Pamela Hamamoto of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva to address issues that affect adolescent girls around the world. Directed the performance at the Mission and Graduate Institute.

    Holocaust Remembrance Project: Bosnia

    Nuyorican Poets Cafe


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  • Professional Experience

    Recent Producing and Arts Management Experience

    Girl Be Heard

    March 2014 - October 2017

    Director of Global Partnerships

    Girl Be Heard, an empowerment theatre company that brings girls’ stories to the global stage

    Built global program, which brought company members to perform in eight countries. In partnership with the U.S. State Department through the Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago, GBH realized the long-held strategic goal to establish a program outside the United States to develop a space for girls and young women to share their voices, develop leadership skills, and become activists for social change.

    Red Shirt Entertainment

    February - December 2013

    Resident Director

    Mixing my passion for global issues, human rights, and theatre. I assisted on performances commemorating the genocides in Rwanda, Darfur, and as the result of the Native American Removal Act and directed a piece on the Bosnian Genocide.

  • Skills

    What I've Cultivated Over the Years

    Artistic Leadership

    Extensive acting, directing, and producing experience; contract negotiation and budgeting; International touring and program management; artistic programming with partners

    Partnership Building

    Initiating and developing creative, corporate, organizational, and governmental partnerships

    Educational Theatre Skills

    Extensive experience as a theatre instructor and teaching artist (children to adults); Facilitation experience with medical, law, and mediation students; Corporate Training

    Live-Performance Communications

    Copywriting (press releases, e-newsletters, season brochures, and organizational collateral); Collateral design (InDesign, Photoshop, Powerpoint, Quark); Social Media

    Script Development

    Script creation, coverage, editing, and dramaturgy

    Training in Anti-Racism Methodology

    Race Forward and People's Institute

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    Find out more about my work.

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