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Tufts University
Dept. of Drama and Dance
Aidekman 208B
40 Talbot Avenue
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.2534
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Sheriden Thomas
Senior Lecturer

Biography

Sheriden Thomas is Senior Lecturer within the field of Acting and Directing. She holds an M.F.A. in Acting on a Bush Fellowship from the University of Minnesota. She is a member of Actors' Equity, SAG/AFTRA, SSD&C and SEIU.

Beginning her acting career with two seasons at the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Sheriden has acted across the country for over 40 years, working, to name a few, for Cincinnati Playhouse, Virginia Stage, Playmakers Repertory Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, and Arizona Theatre Company. In New York City, she was awarded Theatre Week Magazine's Straw Hat-Best Actress for her portrayal of Didi in Waiting for Godot. She has played major roles in plays by Albee, Williams, Chekhov, Kushner, Vogel, Hellman, Stoppard and Shakespeare, including Titania for The California Shakespeare Festival, Lear for Cornell University, Prospero for Kitchen Dog in Dallas, and Falstaff in the "Henry's" Henry IV (parts 1 & 2) for the Judith Shakespeare Company in New York City.

Since the mid-1980's, Sheriden has directed professionally for the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, Mother Jones in Chicago, Company Theatre in Los Angeles and Manhattan Class, WOW Cafe and Women in Theatre in New York City. She is a founding member of Women in Theatre in Los Angeles. Prior to coming to Tufts, she directed and taught acting at Cornell and Southern Methodist University. At Tufts, she has directed A Piece of My Heart, Hay Fever, Hedda Gabler, The School for Scandal, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, The Importance of Being Earnest, Measure for Measure, OR, and Venus in Fur. In Tufts 2017-18 season she will direct Lysistrata.

Since arriving in the Boston area, Sheriden has directed plays and readings of plays for Another Country, Queer Soup Productions, and Boston Playwrights' Theatre. She has developed and performed a one-woman show/reading of Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own. Sheriden also worked to bring Susan Corso's PeaceWomen on the twelve women Nobel Peace Prize laureates to various stages in the Boston area.

In 2010 Sheriden was nominated for Boston's IRNE Award for playing Mrs. Drudge in the Boston Publick Theatre's production of The Real Inspector Hound. In 2015 she won the IRNE's Best Leading Actress Award (Fringe) for the role of Kimberly in David Lindsay-Abaire's Kimberly Akimbo, a Moonbox Production at BCA. For Stoneham Theatre, Sheriden appeared as Gert in Jack Neary's The Porch, Ouiser Boudreaux in Steel Magnolias, and Mrs. Cotton in I Capture the Castle. In 2015, played Ethel in Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park.

Sheriden has studied The Viewpoints & Composition with SITI Company in Los Angeles. More recently, she studied with Leqoc Master Teacher Norman Taylor in Movement Studio Theatre's four-week summer residency. She has worked with Christopher Bayes and has taken his and Virginia Scott's five-week Clown and Commedia Intensive. Sheriden also studied with International Nose to Nose's Vivian Gladwell, completing their three consecutive five-day workshops in Social Clown.

A Tai Ji Quan practitioner for many years, she currently studies yoga at O2 Yoga in Somerville.

Courses Taught

DR 12 Acting Realism & Naturalism
DNC 49 Tai Chi: An Experience in Time and Tempo
DR 100 Acting New Works
DR 103 Acting Physical Comedy – Clown
DR 104 Character Mask
DR 108 Acting Shakespeare
DR 111 Acting as a Career