A graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts and the Julliard School of Drama, Hamilton has extensive theatre, film and television credits. For the New York Shakespeare Festival, she played Isabella in Measure for Measure, opposite Kevin Kline and Andre Braugher and Lady Hotspur in Henry IV Parts I & II. She was also an original cast member in the Broadway Company of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson.
Hamilton earned the Ovation nomination for best actress for her work in Athol Fugard’s play Valley Song, at the Mark Taper Theatre in Los Angeles. For this performance she earned an Obie Award, the Clarence Derwent Award and a Drama Desk nomination.
Hamilton’s film credits include The Truth About Charlie and Beloved for director Jonathan Demme; Clint Eastwood’s True Crime; the independent films Palookaville and Drunks; Showtime’s A House Divided, opposite Sam Waterston; and as Ophelia in director Campbell Scott’s independent film version of Hamlet.
She starred for seven years on the Emmy Award winning, David Kelley drama, The Practice.
Ms. Hamilton made her prime-time directorial debut this year on The Practice, and BEAH: A BLACK WOMAN SPEAKS marks her documentary directorial debut. (09/09)
Beah: A Black Woman Speaks
A film by LisaGay Hamilton, Produced by Neda Armian, Jonathan Demme, LisaGay Hamilton, and Joe Viola, 2003, 90 min., Color/BW
BEAH: A BLACK WOMAN SPEAKS, the directorial debut of actress LisaGay Hamilton, celebrates the life of legendary African American actress, poet and pol...