Audra McDonald

Musical Theatre Singer and Actor
Born July 3, 1970

Fast Facts

  • Audra McDonald was born in Berlin, Germany and raised in Fresno, California.
  • At age 9, she started taking voice lessons and performing at a local dinner theatre.
  • In 1988, She graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in Fresno and went on to study classical singing at The Juilliard School in New York City, graduating in 1993.
  • One year after graduating, she earned a Tony Award for her role in the musical Carousel.
  • By age 28, she had earned 3 Tony Awards, becoming the youngest actress ever to do so.
  • Today, Audra McDonald has 6 Tony Awards and is the only performer to have earned awards in each of the four main acting categories (Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, and Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical.)
  • In 2015, She was named one of Time magazine’s most influential people.
  • Outside of performing, She is a passionate advocate for equal rights and homeless youth.