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.