Jesmille Darbouze


Jesmille Darbouze

Coming off of 6 Tony nominations including "Best Play Revival," we would love to arrange an interview with you and accomplished actor, singer, dancer and professor Jesmille Darbouze to discuss her hit play A Doll's House, currently showing at the illustrious Hudson Theatre in NYC.  Jesmille is available to discuss the undeniable success of her revival play, representation in the Broadway/theatre world as a proud Afro-Latina woman, the imposter syndrome she sometimes feels as a minority in the industry as well as her career overall.

 

Jesmille stars alongside Academy Award® winner Jessica Chastain in the thrilling reinvention of Ibsen's A Doll's House. Directed by Tony® nominee Jamie Lloyd, one of contemporary theater's most revolutionary auteurs, and adapted by acclaimed playwright Amy Herzog, this new production makes freshly relevant a story that shocked audiences and brought forth a new era of theater. Written in 1879 by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, "A Doll's House" is a three-act play about a housewife who becomes disillusioned and dissatisfied with her condescending husband. In the 2023 revival, Nora Helmer, a childlike wife and mother accustomed to an existence built around her husband Torvald, comes to confront the truth of her marriage. A Doll's House has so far received mostly positive reviews and described as a "Compelling, surgically precise revival" by the NYT, Bloomberg used the word "transcendent" to describe their experience, while Variety  praised the production as "a Broadway staging that brings sparkling clarity to a classic."

   
   

A Doll's House has been nominated for the following 2023 Tony Awards: "Best Play Revival," "Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role – Jessica Chastain," "Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play – Arian Moayed," "Best Lighting Design of a Play," "Best Sound Design of a Play," as well las "Best Direction of a Play"

 

Jesmille grew up in Long Island, NY as the middle child with two brothers. She speaks English and Spanish. After her parents' divorce, Jesmille moved to South Florida and joined musical theatre and performing arts in high school in Miami. She began her training at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL, and holds a BFA in Acting from Carnegie Mellon University where she took classes in acting, dancing, singing, and theatre. As only 1 of 5 black students of color in her program, Jesmille hopes to see more women of her identity and culture in performing arts programs.

 

All throughout school, Jesmille worked and hustled to make money to support herself. She worked at Banana Republic, Applebee's, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., and worked the front desk at The Standard hotel in NYC. While working in the restaurant industry, Jesmille served some of the biggest names in entertainment like Cameron Diaz, Robert De Niro, Patti Labelle, Ben Stiller, Derek Jeter, and Billy Porter. Jesmille woke up at 5:00 am frequently to go to open calls to try to book work in NYC. She was a part of regional theatre productions, worked on a cruise ship for 6 months, appeared in Netflix's "Jessica Jones," and landed her first big role in The Unsinkable Molly in 2017.

 

Jesmille didn't make her debut until the age of 35 in 2019, when she was in the Tony-nominated Broadway musical Kiss Me, Kate (directed by Scott Ellis, choreographed by Warren Carlyle, and starring Kelli O'Hara). She was also an understudy in the Tony-nominated play BETRAYAL, starring Tom Hiddleston in 2019.

 

When the Pandemic hit in 2020, Jesmille had her second child and went back to school for nursing. She booked a Hallmark Channel film in 2021 and later began teaching at Marymount Manhattan College. In 2022, Jesmille had dinner with the A Doll's House associate director about the Broadway show and expressed her desire to understudy. She submitted a self-tape audition and three weeks later received a call back that she got the main role as 'Kristine Linde.'

Jesmille is also an acting coach for professional actors and a proud member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA. She is married with two children, her daughter Grace (5) and her son Elliot (2). In her free time, Jesmille enjoys watching ballet, concerts, TV, and film, listening to classical music, reading, and traveling. She is passionate about fitness, incorporating HIIT, kettlebell workouts, and weight training into her exercise routine.

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