Valerie Adams Rigsbee

Actor, Singer & Dancer

Valerie Adams Rigsbee, Washington DC-Based EMC Actor and Singer


Exciting New Project (TBA Shortly) - Fall of 2018


Equity Membership Candidate (EMC)
5’7” • Blonde Hair • Blue-Green Eyes
Soprano/Mezzo (E3-C6 - 3 Octaves)
Ballroom Bronze Medalist
SAFD-Certified Actor/Combattant

"Simultaneously relatable, sarcastic, sassy and endearing, [Valerie] represents the perfect combination of singer and actor, skillfully making her presence known in every scene without ever stealing the show." 'Into the Woods: Provocative and Pretty'
"Rigsbee positively sparkles on stage, inner strength and self-possession that makes the character's development completely believable." 'Murder Most "Nile"'

Awards and Nominations

  • Helen Hayes Winner for Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical (James and the Giant Peach)
  • NH Theatre Awards Top 3 Finalist for Best Supporting Actress (Merry Wives of Windsor)
  • Virginia Princehouse Allen Departmental, Underclass Acting and Acting Awards (Into the Woods and Heartbreak House)
  • SAFD Examiner’s Award for Excellence in Stage Combat

Theatre Experience

The Skin of Our Teeth

Mrs. Antrobus/Ivy u/s

Constellation Theatre

Mary Hall Surface

Helen Hayes Recommended

"All praise to Constellation for bringing off a seemingly impossible task with supreme aplomb. You’ll be dazzled and delighted."
‘The Skin of Our Teeth’ Review: Tending the Fire of Civilization, The Wall Street Journal

Doctor Faustus

Evil Angel/Martino/Duke/ Cardinal/Devil

Brave Spirits Theatre

Paul Reisman

"A stellar ensemble cast of seven play all the remaining multiple tracks to great effect. There are standout moments...from Valerie Adams Rigsbee. Overall, it’s a striking story, presented beautifully."
Review: ‘Doctor Faustus’ at Brave Spirits Theatre, DC Metro Theatre Arts

Bonnie & Clyde

Cumie Barrow/Stella/ Governor Miriam Ferguson

Monumental Theatre

Ryan Maxwell

"Many of the actors played numerous parts and their range was beyond remarkable.... Valerie Adams Rigsbee['s] attention to physicality and vocal patterns make[s] the multiple rolls believable."
'Review: ‘Bonnie & Clyde The Musical’ at Monumental Theatre Company' by Kendall Mostafavi, DC Metro Theatre Arts

Much Ado About Nothing


Next Stop Theatre

Abbie Fine

"The acting in this show is superb. Each actor shows so much attention to emotional nuance...Even the smaller parts were expertly played, such as...Valerie Adams Rigsbee's Margaret."
'Much Ado About Nothing at NextStop (review)' by RK Pendergrass, DC Theatre Scene


Soupy Sue (Penny Pennywise and Jo Strong u/s, perf)

Constellation Theatre

Alison Stockman

4 Total Helen Hayes Nominations

"The big cast snaps smartly across the small stage in number after number."
''Tis the (campaign) season for 'Urinetown'' by Nelson Pressley, Washington Post

Next to Normal

Diana u/s, perf

Keegan Theatre

Mark A. Rhea and Colin Smith

Helen Hayes Winner for Outstanding Musical and Direction of a Musical (8 Total Nominations)

"Directors [and] cast have honored Kitt and Yorkey's revelatory work with an unforgettable production."
'Next to Normal at Keegan Theatre (review)' by Ben Demers, DC Theatre Scene

James and the Giant Peach

Spiker/Sponge u/s, perf 10x

Adventure Theatre

Michael Baron

Helen Hayes Winner for Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical (6 Total Nominations)

"Karen Vincent and Valerie Adams Rigsbee immediately endear themselves as the amusingly despicable villains."
'Review: James and the Giant Peach at Adventure Theatre MTC' by Kendall Mostafavi, DC Metro Theatre Arts

Same Time, Next Year


Papermill Theatre Co.

Kim Barber Knoll

"Valerie Adams Rigsbee DuBreuil spent time with [Jean's Playhouse] in 2014 summer and fall and winter shows before that. This is absolutely her best role ever. Don't miss this show."
Ken Chapman, Facebook Review

Wait Until Dark

Suzy Hendrix

Acadia Repertory Theatre

Michael Kissen

Hansel and Gretel


Acadia Repertory Theatre

Cheryl Willis

Sherlock...Suicide Club

Club Secretary

Acadia Repertory Theatre

C. Andrew Mayer

"We saw a production of Sherlock Holmes and the Suicide Club. This was one of my son's first memorable experiences with a theatre production, and he was completely engrossed from the first scene. Small theatre, quality cast, very enjoyable evening."
adventureplanner3, Trip Advisor Review

A Christmas Carol

Mrs. Cratchit

U.S. National Tour

Scott Severance

National tour venues included:

Ferguson Center for the Arts (VA), The Grand Theatre (KY), Tilson Auditorium (IN), The Grand 1894 Opera House (TX), Strand Theatre of Shreveport (LA), Reynolds Performance Hall (AR), Leach Theatre (MO), Arkansas State University (AR), The Villages (FL), Flagler Auditorium (FL), Largo Cultural Center (FL), Delray Beach Center for the Arts (FL), The Palace Theatre (PA)

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Mistress Quickly

Advice to the Players

Candice Clift

NH Theatre Awards Top 3 Finalist for Best Supporting Actress as Mistress Quickly (6 Total Nominations)

The Winter's Tale


The Guthrie Theatre

Jonathan Munby

"The talented cast makes music with his poetic language, while the designers deliver one interesting idea after another."
'Theater review: 'The Winter’s Tale'' by Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press:

The Merry Widow


Skylark Opera

Steven Stucki

"Neu and Freeh manage to dress a small stage with lots of performers who move about with admirable precision. The overall result is homage to traditional operetta as well as to the winking broadness of old-style musical theater."
'Skylark Opera's 'Merry Widow' charms, produces chuckles' by David Hawley, Pioneer Press

The Life of Galileo


Theatre Pro Rata

Carin Bratlie

"Valerie Rigsbee gives a touching performance as Galileo's daughter, demonstrating the human cost of this clash between science and politics when she is jilted by her fiancé."
'Galileo vs. the Church' by Lisa Brock, Star Tribune

Richard III

Queen Margaret

Advice to the Players

Andrew Codispoti

New Hampshire Theatre Award Finalist for Best Actor

"Much of the cast is very strong...Valerie Rigsbee gives a suitably crazed and over-the-top performance as Queen Margaret."
Advice to the Players offers compelling take on 'Richard III' by Alec Kerr, The Conway Daily Sun


Rev. Mother Mary Regina

Papermill Theatre Co.

Sharon Paquette

Henry V


Theatre in the Round

Craig Johnson

Spanish Tragedy


Theatre Pro Rata

Carin Bratlie

“…a giddy, blood-soaked amusement park of a story that careens wildly from dark humor to romance to one outrageous killing after the next.”
TC Daily Planet

Love Letters/Hate Mail


Papermill Theatre Co.

Patrick Stinson

Babe: An Olympic Musical

Lilly (Lead)

Theatre Unbound

Carolyn Gage

"The emotional heart of the play is Didrikson's focus on striving for success at the price of intimacy and love with other women. Gage shows Didrikson's emotional foundation with her mother (Amy Lithander) and sister, Lilly (Valerie Rigsbee), who both turn in strong performances."
'Babe' hits the pin' by Lydia Howell, TC Daily Planet

Peter Pan-tomime

Captain Hook

Acadia Repertory Theatre

Cheryl Willis

Murder on the Nile

Christina Grant

Acadia Repertory Theatre

Cheryl Willis

"Valerie Rigsbee positively sparkles on stage, imbuing the long-suffering Christina Grant an inner strength and self-possession that makes the character's development completely believable, something that is often missed by actors in this role."
'Murder Most "Nile"' by Melinda Rice, Mount Desert Islander

Stich, Bitch n’ Die

Rose (Lead)

Joking Envelope Productions

Craig Johnson

“With Scrimshaw caricaturing the critic and the detective in strokes broader than 8-gauge yarn, the remaining cast members took the cue to make similarly merry with their characters—gulping at box wine and sarcastically sniping at one another.”
Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet

Yaargh! A Pirate Musical

Rosie/Toadmoor (Lead)

Fortune’s Fool Theatre

Melissa Hart

The Sound of Music

Sister Berthe

Papermill Theatre Co.

Kate Arrechi

Frankenstein Incarnate

Jane Williams (Supp)

Theatre Unbound

Carin Bratlie

Hunchback of Notre Dame

Jeanette le Slut (Supp)

Cromulent Shakespeare

Leah Cooper

Much Ado About Nothing


Theatre in the Round

Craig Johnson

The Horse, Bird, Monkey, Dancer


Sandbox Theatre

Ryan Hill and Lisa Moreira

Sherlock Holmes...Hamlet


Advice to the Players

Mark Woollett

The Holiday Pageant


Open Eye Figure Theatre

Michael Sommers

Shakespeare's Land of the Dead


Walking Shadow Theatre

Amy Rummenie

Foreman's Paradise Hotel

Flight Attendant


George McConnell

Into the Woods

Baker’s Wife

Pomona College

Diosdado Pascual

Virginia Princehouse Allen Acting Award

"The star of the show is unmistakably Rigsbee as the Baker’s Wife. Simultaneously relatable, sarcastic, sassy and endearing, she represents the perfect combination of singer and actor, skillfully making her presence known in every scene without ever stealing the show."
'Into the Woods', The Student Life


Singing/Choral Experience

  • 42nd Street Singers (mixed caroling group, 3 years and counting)
  • Women's Quintet (featured soloist, album released)
  • Mood Swing Acappella (mixed acappella group, featured soloist, 3 years)
  • Ars Musica SATB Choir (featured soloist) & Jazz Choir (dance captain)
  • MPA Chamber Choir (touring group), Concert Choir & Women's Chorale

Staged Readings

  • Solas Nua (Our Island)
  • Pinky Swear Production (Blight)
  • Shakespeare in the Pub (Edward II, Pericles, Twelfth Night)
  • Playwright's Center, MN (A Matter of Honor)
  • Playwright's Forum (Princess Georgie)
  • Advice to the Players, NH (The Tempest)

Film/Voiceover Experience

  • Robert Altman's A Praire Home Companion (Featured Extra)
  • Industrials, TV Commercials, Web Videos & Voiceovers (conflicts on request)


  • Voice: 3-octave singing range; skilled sightreader; Linklader vocal training
  • Dance/Movement: Ballroom dance: social (bronze medal with honors), Latin (bronze medal), international standard, English folk; musical theatre, modern, jazz; LeCoq and Laban movement training
  • Stage Combat: Recognized Actor/Combatant by the SAFD in small sword; broad sword, rapier, hand
  • Languages: English, French (working proficiency)
  • Dialects: RP British, Cockney, French, German, Scottish, American Southern, New York, Minnesotan and Others


  • B.A. in Theatre Performance through Pomona College
  • London Dramatic Academy
  • Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory: Character and Emotion
  • Acting: Raye Birk, Leonard Pronko, Alan Blumenfeld, Michael Winter, Richard Digby Day, Hilary Wood
  • Voice: Craig Fields, Jennifer Goltz, Tess Dignan
  • Dance: Chris Witt, Sue Goodman, Laurie Cameron
  • Stage Combat: Richard Ryan, Marlon Bulger

Complete theatrical, vocal, commercial and voiceover resumes and conflicts available upon request.


"Moments" from Into the Woods (LIVE)

"My Ship" from Lady in the Dark

"Let the Boys Lead the Dance" from Babe, An Olympic Musical (LIVE)

"Nothing Short of Wonderful" from Dogfight

"Mr. Sandman" (Lead Vocals) with Women's Quintet


Based out the Washington, D.C. area, but open to projects around the country!