Dept. of Theatre, Dance,
and Performance Studies
40 Talbot Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
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,
Venus in Fur, and Lysistrata. In the Tufts 2018-2019
season she will direct Much Ado About Nothing.
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. She has recently joined the advisory board of an
new Boston theater company, Theater UnCorked, and is slated to
direct The Women in their 2nd season 2019-2020.
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. In the summer of 2018 she studied Mask at The North
American Laboratory for the Performing Arts with Jonathan Becker.
A Tai Ji Quan practitioner for many years, she currently studies
yoga at O2 Yoga in Somerville.
DR 12 Acting Realism & Naturalism
DNC 49 Tai Chi: An Experience in Time and Tempo
DR 93 Acting Comedic Shakespeare
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