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Tracie Thoms

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Thoms was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland to Mariana and Donald Thoms. She has a brother, Austin. She started studying acting when she was ten and later on attended the Baltimore School for the Arts. She now holds a BFA from Howard University and an MFA in acting from the Juilliard School.

Thoms has appeared in several movies, most notably in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Rent in which she plays Joanne Jefferson, lawyer and lover of Maureen Johnson (Idina Menzel). She took over the role from Fredi Walker, who played Joanne in the original Rent Broadway show and who decided not to reprise her role due to her age. Prior to being cast as Joanne, she had been a big RENThead (a rent fan) herself and had seen it in Broadway several times. She had also been auditioning for the role in the theatre production for twelve years but never got the part.

Thoms made her Broadway debut in Regina Taylor's Drowning Crow. She has also appeared in several off-Broadway and regional productions, including Up Against the Wind (New York Theater Workshop), The Oedipus Plays (The Shakespeare Theater), A Raisin in the Sun (Baltimore Center Stage), Joe Turner's Come and Gone (Missouri Rep), The Exonerated (Off Broadway's The Culture Project) and The Antigone Project (The Women's Project).


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