Valerie Adams Rigsbee

Washington DC-Based EMC Actor, Singer and Dancer
Actor, Singer and Dancer


Helen Hayes Nominated for two 2017 Helen Hayes Awards

Next to Normal (Keegan Theatre) AND
James and the Giant Peach (Adventure Theatre)

The 2017 Helen Hayes Awards will be held Monday, May 15

See the Full List of Nominees     Get Tickets to the Awards    

Bonnie Bonne & Clyde

as Cumie Barrow
Monumental Theatre
Directed by Ryan Maxwell
Jul 14-31, 2017

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Theatre Experience (Partial)

Production Role Theatre
Bonnie & Clyde Cumie Barrow Monumental Theatre, Dir. Ryan Maxwell
Much Ado About Nothing Margaret/Seacol NextStop Theatre, Dir. Abbie Isaac Fine
Urinetown* Soupy Sue (Penny and Josephine u/s, perf) Constellation Theatre, Dir. Allison Stockman
Next to Normal** Diana (u/s, perf) Keegan Theatre, Dir. Mark A. Rhea and Colin Smith
James and the Giant Peach*** Spiker and Sponge (u/s, perf 10x) Adventure Theatre, Dir. Michael Baron
A Christmas Carol Mrs. Cratchit American National Tour, Dir. Scott Severance
Same Time, Next Year Doris Papermill Theatre Co., Dir. Kim Barber Knoll
Wait Until Dark Suzy Hendrix Acadia Repertory Theatre, Dir. Michael Kissen
Hansel and Gretel Gretel Acadia Repertory Theatre, Dir. Cheryl Willis
Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club Club Secretary Acadia Repertory Theatre, Dir. C. Andrew Mayer
The Merry Wives of Windsor^ Mistress Quickly Advice to the Players, Dir. Candice Clift
The Winter’s Tale Lady/Shepherdess The Guthrie Theatre, Dir. Jonathan Munby
The Merry Widow Dodo Skylark Opera, Dir. Steven Stucki
Nunsense Rev. Mother Mary Regina Papermill Theatre Co., Dir. Sharon Paquette
Henry V Katherine Theatre in the Round, Dir. Craig Johnson
The Life of Galileo Virginia Theatre Pro Rata, Dir. Carin Bratlie
Yaargh! A Pirate Musical Rosie/Toadmoor (Lead) Fortune’s Fool Theatre, Dir. Melissa Hart
Stich, Bitch n’ Die Rose (Lead) Joking Envelope Productions, Dir. Craig Johnson
Spanish Tragedy Pedringano/Ambassador Theatre Pro Rata, Dir. Carin Bratlie
Love Letters/Hate Mail Melissa/Dahlia Papermill Theatre Co., Dir. Patrick Stinson
Peter Pan-tomime Captain Hook Acadia Repertory Theatre, Dir. Cheryl Willis
Murder on the Nile Christina Grant Acadia Repertory Theatre, Dir. Cheryl Willis
Richard III Queen Margaret Advice to the Players, Dir. Andrew Codispoti
Babe: An Olympic Musical Lilly (Lead) Theatre Unbound, Dir. Carolyn Gage
The Sound of Music Sister Berthe Papermill Theatre Co., Dir. Kate Arrechi
Tommy-Gun Trouble Sadie Yawanna (Supp) Wabasha Street Caves, Dir. Cynthia Smith
Much Ado About Nothing Margaret Theatre in the Round, Dir. Craig Johnson
Frankenstein Incarnate Jane Williams (Supp) Theatre Unbound, Dir. Carin Bratlie
Hunchback of Notre Dame Jeanette le Slut (Supp) Cromulent Shakespeare Co., Dir. Leah Cooper
Le Nozze Di Figaro Marcellina Ars Musica, Dir. Gregory Stavrou
The Sound of Music Maria (u/s) Ars Musica, Dir. Heather Klung
The Horse, the Bird, the Monkey and the Dancer Ensemble Sandbox Theatre, Dir. Ryan Hill and Lisa Moreira
The Holiday Pageant Soprano Open Eye Figure Theatre, Dir. Michael Sommers
Oedipus Rex Messenger Bottom Line Theatre, Dir. Tyrus Emory
Proof Claire Bottom Line Theatre, Dir. Jacob Stoebel

Video and Voiceover Experience

Production Role Theatre
Training Video Susan The Department of Veterans Affairs
A Prairie Home Companion Featured Extra Picturehouse/Greenstreet / Dir. Robert Altman
Commercial and Voiceover Various Conflicts upon request

Educational Theatre Experience

Production Role Theatre
Into the Woods^^^ Baker’s Wife Pomona College, Dir. Diosdado Pascual
Heartbreak House^^^ Lady Utterword Pomona College, Dir. Leonard Pronko
Spoonriver Anthology Various Pomona College, Dir. Tom Leabhart
The Master Builder Kaja Pomona College, Dir. Leonard Pronko
Mother Courage Rose Song Singer Pomona College, Dir. Tom Leabhart
Shakuntala Various Pomona College, Dir. Betty Bernhard

Readings and Workshops

Production Role Theatre
Pericles Marina Shakespeare in the Pub, Dir. John Stange
Our Island Charlie Solas Nua, Dir. Amanda Forstrom
Twelfth Night Antonio/Captain Shakespeare in the Pub, Dir. Tony Karol-Evans
The Tempest Stephano Advice to the Players, Dir. Andrew Codispoti
A Matter of Honor Irene Playwright's Center, Casting Sarah Gioia

Valerie Adams Rigsbee

EMC • 5’7” • 150 lbs • Blonde Hair • Blue-Green Eyes • Soprano/Mezzo (E3-C6)

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Special Skills

Voice: Soprano (3-Octave Range: E3-C6) with Extensive Solo and Choral Experience; Linklader Vocal Training

Dance/Movement: Ballroom Dance: Social (Bronze Medal with Honors), Latin (Bronze Medal), International Standard, English Folk; Musical Theatre, Modern, Jazz, LeCoq, Laban

Combat: Recognized Actor/Combatant by the SAFD in Small Sword^^; Broad Sword, Rapier, Hand-to-Hand

Languages: English, French (Working Proficiency)

Dialects: RP British, Cockney, French, German, Scottish, American Southern, New York, Minnesotan and Others

Sports: Golf, Softball, Volleyball, Snorkeling, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Canoeing, Badminton, Snowboarding, Sailing, Swimming, Basketball, Surfing, Knitting

Run a web design and marketing company
Creative, event and wedding photographer
Own/operate Broadway Musical Home


* 6 Helen Hayes Nominations, including Outstanding Production and Direction

** 8 Helen Hayes Nominations, including Outstanding Ensemble, Production and Direction

*** 4 Helen Hayes Nominations, including Outstanding Ensemble, Production and Direction

^ NH Theatre Award Top Three Finalist: Best Supporting Actress

^^ SAFD Examiner’s Award for Excellence

^^^ Virginia Princehouse Allen Acting Awards


B.A. in Theatre Performance through Pomona College from Scripps College

London Dramatic Academy (Taught by LAMDA, RADA and BADA professors and professional West End/RSC directors/actors)

Acting: Raye Birk, Steve Hendrikson, Leonard Pronko, Alan Blumenfeld, Michael Winter, Richard Digby Day, Hilary Wood

Voice: Craig Fields, Andrew Cooke, Jennifer Goltz, Tess Dignan

Dance: Chris Witt, Sue Goodman, Laurie Cameron

Combat: Richard Ryan, Marlon Bulger

Choral and Solo Experience

42nd Street Singers: 2 years perfomring in the DC area with groups ranging from trios to octets

Mood Swing: Performed in this 12-person mixed accapella group for 3 years; featured soloist

Women’s Quintet: Performed in this 5-women accapella group; featured soloist; album recorded

Concert Choir: Toured and soloed with this 80-person mixed group for 4 years; featured soloist



"Nothing Short of Wonderful" from Dogfight

"Moments" from Into the Woods (LIVE)

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

"My Ship" from Lady in the Dark

"How Long Has This Been Going On" from Playhouse Follies (LIVE)

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


A Helen Hayes-Nominated Season

I am floored that all three of the major productions I was a part of this season were nominated for so many Helen Hayes Awards. Keegan Theatre's Next to Normal for 8, Constellation Theatre's Urinetown for 6 and Adventure Theatre's James and the Giant Peach for 4. All three were nominated for Outstanding Production and Outstanding Direction in their respective categories and James and the Giant Peach and Next to Normal for Outstanding Ensemble. I am so honored to have been a part of these incredible productions! See the Full List of Nominees

Exciting Work with an Exciting New Company

My next project, Bonne & Clyde, is with a fabulous new company in the DC area, Monumental Theatre. This company, run by Michael Windsor, Jimmy Mavrikes (both of whom I worked with on the Helen Hayes-nominated James and the Giant Peach) and the wonderful Beth Amann, has a mission of engaging with the millennial crowd that most theatres are banging their heads against the wall trying to reach. I am so excited to work with this group and to bring this musical to life under the direction of the ultra-talented Ryan Maxwell!

What They're Saying

"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 Gary DuBreuil’s incredibly engaging Borachio or Valerie Adams Rigsbee’s Margaret."
- 'Much Ado About Nothing at NextStop (review)' by RK Pendergrass, DC Theatre Scene

"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 Provocative and Pretty' by Eunice Kim, The Student Life

"Karen Vincent and Valerie Adams Rigsbee (in for Awa Sal Secka)...immediately endear themselves as the amusingly despicable villains...the sisters do a marvelous job."
- 'Review: James and the Giant Peach at Adventure Theatre MTC' by Kendall Mostafavi, DC Metro Theatre Arts

"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


I'm based out of the DC area, but am available to work anywhere in the US.

As I have no traditional day job (I am a self-employed business-owner, working as a designer, developer and marketer, webmaster and photographer to support my acting habit), my schedule is extremely flexible.

I can be contacted using the form to the right or at 651-503-5766.

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