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For her Broadway debut in “Coram Boy” (alongside Two-Time Tony Award Winner & fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Jan Maxwell), Xanthe Elbrick received a Tony Award Nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play, a Drama Desk Award Nomination for Best Performance, and won the Theatre World Award. She received her second Drama Desk Award Nomination for her performance in George Bernard Shaw’s “Candida.” Xanthe trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and the Actors Studio Drama School in NYC where she received her Acting MFA. Prior to this, Xanthe graduated the University of Edinburgh with a Bachelor of Psychology and Master of Philosophy as well as being the Director of the Edinburgh Footlights Theatre Company. In 2001, Xanthe won the BBC Drama “Act Up” Award and made her television debut as “Miriam Jacobs” on “Doctors” (BBC). She is the voice of “Sith Sorceress” for Lucas Arts’ “Star Wars.” When not on stage or television, Xanthe can be heard on many audio recordings including Kristin Cashore’s young adult novel “Fire” and Cornelia Funke’s critically acclaimed “Igraine The Brave” for which she received the Publisher’s Weekly Listen Up Award. She can also be found photographing her many contemporaries and other clients at Xanthe Elbrick Photography.

Photo by Jimmi Kilduff

Photo by Jimmi Kilduff

Currently, Xanthe can be seen in The Active Theater’s “Venus Flytrap” playing at the WorkShop Theater Company’s Mainstage Theater through November 14. (312 West 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC, between 8th & 9th Ave). For tickets, click here!

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? My father.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Dame Judi Dench.

3. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? To doubt oneself is an integral and necessary part of an actor’s business. (Cate Blanchett)

4. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? Veterinarian.

5. Favorite place to rehearse on your own? My friend Allison’s lake house.

6. Favorite play/musical? “The Pillowman” by Martin McDonagh.

7. Favorite skin care product? La Mer face cream.

8. Favorite way to spend your day off? Walking my dog in the country.

9. Favorite website? www.bbc.co.uk

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Superman!


11. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Katherine Hepburn.

12. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? I can whistle with my mouth closed.

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With the talent and personality, it’s no wonder Jan Maxwell is a 4-time Tony Award nominee, with her two most recent nominations this current season for “The Royal Family” and “Lend Me A Tenor.” She is also a Drama Desk Award winner (updated: Jan won her 2nd award tonight for “The Royal Family”) and 5-time nominee as well as a 2-time Outer Critics Circle Winner & 5-time nominee. Jan is one of the few performers with the most impeccable comedic timing of our times. When Jan is on stage, the audience is paying attention. She can make your theatre experience one you will never forget! Her other Broadway credits include “Coram Boy” (Tony & Drama Desk Nominee), “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (Drama Desk Award Winner, Tony & Outer Critics Circle Nominee), “Sixteen Wounded” (Drama Desk Nominee), “A Doll’s House” (Outer Critics Circle Nominee), “The Sound of Music” (Outer Critics Circle Nominee), “The Dinner Party” (Outer Critics Circle Award Winner), Brian Friel’s “Dancing At Lughnasa” and “City of Angels.” Off-Broadway, Jan has delighted audiences in Howard Barker’s “Scenes From An Execution” (Drama Desk Nominee) and “Camille,” Anton Dudley’s “Substitution,” “Entertaining Mr. Sloane” (Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle Nominee), Tina Howe’s translation of lonesco’s “The Bald Soprano,” Jules Feiffer’s “A Bad Friend,” Israel Horovitz’s “My Old Lady” (Lortel Award winner, Drama Desk Nominee), “Opening Doors,” Alan Ayckbourn’s “House and Garden,” and “The Seagull.”  Jan’s television credits include PBS’ “AIDS: Changing the Rules,” “Law & Order,” and “Gossip Girl.” Jan can currently be seen in the 2010 Tony Nominated revival of “Lend Me A Tenor.”

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Both my mother and father. My father is quite the ham. He did community theatre in Fargo, ND, where I was born and also wrote sketches and plays. My mother, though, did the leg work for the few opportunities there were for me to experience the arts in the area. She would find theatre and dance programs and tell me about them; then call, sign me up, and drive me back and forth.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? I don’t know. Christopher Guest, Steve Buscemi, Edward Albee . . . too many to list.

3. Is there ever a time you thought about quitting? If so, what career would you choose? Umm . . . I think this business quits you before you quit it.  But I’ve always wanted to be in a lot of different professions. I think that’s why I act, so I can be all those things I want to be:  marine biologist, veterinarian, junkie . . .

4. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Shakespeare – I like epic dreams.

5. What’s the best advice you’ve given someone, but not taken for yourself? Don’t go into acting.

6. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I can tie a cherry stem into a knot in less than 15 seconds.

7. Favorite skin care product? I wish I could find one. I keep trying different ones, which is probably the worst thing you can do.

8. Favorite play/musical? Too hard to choose.

9. Favorite website? Google.

10. “Mary” or “Rhoda”? Mary . . . Hartman, though.


11. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Neither. Caffeine is banned after noon. Once, my stage manager, Matthew Melchiorre at Coram Boy, wouldn’t allow me to have it at all. Especially if I have a smaller part. I become a bit obnoxious start trouble backstage.

12. Favorite hobby? Staring at an empty wall (unless I have coffee, and then it’s bouncing off that wall . . . )

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