Valerie Adams Rigsbee

Washington DC-Based Actor, Singer & Dancer

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

Currently

Upcoming

Faust

42nd Street Singers

Soprano Caroler

Through Dec 30


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Skin of Our Teeth

The Skin of Our Teeth

Mrs. Antrobus/Ensemble u/s

Constellation Theatre Company

Mary Hall Surface

Jan 11 - Feb 11


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About

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, imbuing...an 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




Proud member of the 2017 Helen Hayes Award-Winning Ensemble of James and the Giant Peach and the Outstanding Musical-Winning Next to Normal!

Theatre Experience

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

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

Margaret/Seacol

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

Urinetown

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

Doris

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

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

Lady/Shepherdess

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

Dodo

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

Virginia

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

Nunsense

Rev. Mother Mary Regina

Papermill Theatre Co.

Sharon Paquette

Henry V

Katherine

Theatre in the Round

Craig Johnson

Spanish Tragedy

Pedringano/Ambassador

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

Melissa/Dahlia

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

Margaret

Theatre in the Round

Craig Johnson

The Horse, Bird, Monkey, Dancer

Ensemble

Sandbox Theatre

Ryan Hill and Lisa Moreira

Sherlock Holmes...Hamlet

Gertrude/Player

Advice to the Players

Mark Woollett

Oklahoma!

Vivian

Lakeshore Players

Janice Murphy Roman

The Holiday Pageant

Soprano

Open Eye Figure Theatre

Michael Sommers

Shakespeare's Land of the Dead

Soldier/Zombie

Walking Shadow Theatre

Amy Rummenie

Foreman's Paradise Hotel

Flight Attendant

The BRiNK

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

Heartbreak House

Lady Utterword

Pomona College

Leonard Pronko

Virginia Princehouse Allen Acting Award

Oedipus Rex

Messenger

Bottom Line Theatre

Tyrus Emory

Spoonriver Anthology

Various

Pomona College

Tom Leabhart

The Master Builder

Kaja

Pomona College

Leonard Pronko

Proof

Claire

Bottom Line Theatre

Jacob Stoebel

Le Nozze Di Figaro

Marcellina

Ars Musica

Gregory Stavrou

Mother Courage

Rose Song Singer

Pomona College

Tom Leabhart

Mikado

Peep-Bo

MITY

James McKeel

OTHER EXPERIENCE

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)

SPECIAL SKILLS

  • 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

EDUCATION

  • B.A. in Theatre Performance through Pomona College
  • London Dramatic Academy
  • 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, video and/or voiceover resumes and conflicts available upon request.

Media

"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

Contact

Based out the DC area, but open to projects around the country!


Working as a designer, webmaster and photographer to support my acting habit, my schedule is extremely flexible.
Get in touch today!