Graceann is an actor, writer, director, and producer. After graduating from New York University with a degree in Dance Education, she stayed in NYC where she danced with several choreographers and presented her own work, in addition to being a teaching artist for New York City Ballet's educational outreach programs. On a whim, she took an improv class at the People's Improv Theater and was instantly hooked on the idea that she could speak on stage. She continued her improv training through advanced levels at the PIT and Advanced Study at Upright Citizens Brigade. From improv, she moved into dramatic acting, which she loves just as much as all the funny stuff. Her dramatic training includes Deena Levy Theatre Studio and Shakespeare and Company.
Performance credits include HBO, NJ Lottery, Discovery ID, Dixon Place, B.B. King's, 3-Legged Dog, UCB, and the PIT. Her full resume can be found here.
In addition to acting, she writes, directs, and produces her own film work. Her debut short film THE SKULL has been an official selection in several film festivals and won the Audience Award at the 2016 Scranton Fringe Festival. Her web series pilot DOUBLE D, which she created with her two-prov partner Nannette Deasy, won Best Comedy at the 2015 Princeton Independent Film Festival, and her pilots BENEFITS WITH FRIENDS and UNIDENTIFIED were named official selections in the 2017 and 2014 New York Television Festivals, respectively. She was a writer/director/performer for two seasons of PITtv, the digital video arm of the People's Improv Theater.
She is also a writer and performer for the stage. She created and performs in her solo show FARTY OF ONE; has written and performed several monologue and storytelling pieces, including one that made her a finalist in the 2017 Manhattan Monologue Slam Annual Championships; and is one-half of DOUBLE D, a two-prov group she founded with Nannette Deasy. Together they perform two-prov all over NYC. In 2017, they created an hour-long, fully-improvised comedy/horror play SCRANTON BUCKETS that premiered at the 2017 Scranton Fringe Festival. Their latest fully improvised show is REJECTS ANONYMOUS, and will premiere at the Scranton Fringe Festival in September 2018.
When not acting, auditioning, taking class, rehearsing, writing, or planning her next project, Graceann likes to do "research", which is just watching a lot of TV. She's also learning to play the 1933 Conn trumpet she inherited from her grandfather.