GAYLE SAMUELS' recent television credits include Tim Daly's attorney on Madam Secretary, Matthew Rhys and

Alison Wright's social worker on The Americans, a school superintendent on Obsidian Sky and a cougar mom on

the new comedy web series Q's One Night Stands. She was thrilled to work with director Kasi Lemmons,

featured alongside stars such as Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker in Fox Searchlight's film

BLACK NATIVITY and recently made her Metropolitan Opera debut in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. She earned a

Best Actress nomination from the Conneticut Critics Circle for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in LADY DAY AT

EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL and recently received rave reviews for her portrayal of Rose in August Wilson's FENCES and

Louise in SEVEN GUITARS. She played James Avery's wife in HONEYBEE, Marla Gibbs' daughter in THE TIDES THAT

BIND, starred opposite Ruby Dee in FLYING OVER PURGATORY and played Wanda in Regina Taylor's CROWNS.

She also originated the role of Tracee (a cancer victim) in the hit stage production THE DIVORCE starring

Vanessa Bell Calloway, Dawnn Lewis and Freda Payne. Other television credits include Co-Host of Time Life's

THE SOUL STORY (opposite the legendary Jerry Butler), CUPID, THE CLASS, TWENTY GOOD YEARS and

LATE NIGHT W/CONAN O'BRIEN. Gayle also had the pleasure of working alongside Melissa Gilbert in

LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE understudying the roles of Mrs. Brewster and Miss Wilder and was thrilled

to recently work with Lewis Stadlen playing the Registered Nurse in Neil Simon's THE SUNSHINE BOYS.​


​Gayle is also a BROADWAY veteran and considers herself very fortunate to have worked with renown directors

Hal Prince, Trevor Nunn, Michael Bennett and Bob Fosse in shows such as SUNSET BOULEVARD, GRIND, DANCIN'

and DREAMGIRLS. Her Off-Broadway credits include Gloria in the latest Off-Broadway hit SISTAS, Josephine Baker

in THE DARK STAR FROM HARLEM, and Ronnette in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. Internationally, Gayle traveled the

world as a featured vocalist with Harry Belafonte, played the Phyllis Hyman role in the Russian tour of SOPHISTICATED

LADIES and toured Europe as Charlaine in AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'. Regionally Gayle won critical acclaim for her portrayal of

Tina Turner in BEEHIVE and as Kate in SHREW at the Georgia Shakespeare Festival.

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