On the Shakespeare Lightning Round, we ask our guests thirty lightning-fast questions about their favorite—and least favorite—things about the Bard.
Actor Shirine Babb joins us live on a new episode to talk about playing Nerissa in Theatre for New Audience and Shakespeare Theatre Company's The Merchant of Venice, directed by Arin Arbus and featuring John Douglass Thompson as Shylock.
Shirine Babb is an award-winning artist who is passionate and committed to diversity, creativity, and professionalism. In addition to more than 20 years of acting experience, Shirine has a BFA in musical theatre, an MA from East 15 Acting Conservatory in London, and an MFA from USD/The Old Globe in classical theater. Shirine supports students by serving as an Adjunct Instructor at New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and mentor to aspiring actors and artists.
Babb is an AEA and SAG/AFTRA union actress, who can be seen in theatrical productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regionally. At the Folger, you might have seen her as Portia in Julius Caesar or Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra (2017); at Bethesda's Round House Theatre, maybe you caught her as Eloise Amponsah in the Helen Hayes-winning ensemble of School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play (2019). Notable Broadway plays include Harry Potter: The Cursed Child and Lincoln Center’s production of Macbeth with Ethan Hawk. Her on screen appearances include national commercials and popular shows such as Iron Fist, Blue Bloods, and Madam Secretary. Babb’s accolades include the Helen Hayes Award, Critics Circle Award nomination, Theater Circle Award nomination, and the ADELCO Award nomination. She is the founder and CEO of ACTORSPREP, an online service that matches actors with qualified, experienced audition readers. See her onstage this spring in Theatre for a New Audience and Shakespeare Theatre Company's co-production of The Merchant of Venice, directed by Arin Arbus.