Renée Elise Goldsberry has been nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in “Hamilton”. On Broadway now, “Hamilton” dominated the 2016 Tony Awards nominations, breaking the record for the most with 16.
Renée was a popular soap opera actress who made her Broadway debut as Nala in “The Lion King” in 2002 and went on to play the final Mimi Marquez in the beloved musical “Rent” in 2008. She has also starred in “The Color Purple” and “Good People.
When asked how she felt when the cast of “Hamilton” performed at the White House for President Obama, she said, “It had been a dream of mine—the idea of performing for a president, in particular that president. I remember when he first became president and went to see Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, I thought, ‘Oh my God, can you imagine what it’s like to be those actors?’ I thought it was the biggest thing that could happen to any performer doing any show ever, so the fact that it happened to me is an example of what God can do in your life in terms of dreams coming true.”
Renée’s encouraging words, “… you have to do it if it’s your passion. Never stop yourself if it’s what you really want and need to do, and if anyone tells you not to, they are wrong. I want that for my kids, whether it’s science or visual arts or politics, I want them to follow their passion and their dreams.”