Barrett Wilbert Weed is an American stage actor and singer who rose to prominence after playing 'Veronica Sawyer' in the ‘Off-Broadway’ play 'Heathers: The Musical' and 'Janis Sarkisian' in the ‘Broadway’ play 'Mean Girls.' A fine arts graduate from 'Elon University,' she began her career in 2011 and has recently made an appearance in an episode of an 'HBO' show. Weed has also appeared on the late-night talk shows 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' and 'Saturday Night Live.' She delivered a remarkable performance as 'Sally Bowles' in the adapted play 'Cabaret,' for which she received a 'Helen Hayes' award. She subsequently went on to win several awards for her performance in 'Mean Girls.' Weed is a philanthropist, too, and has been associated with various causes.
Childhood & Early Life
Weed was born on November 6, 1988, in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., and was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
She was 5 when she began performing with the 'Boston Children's Opera.' She then attended the 'Long Lake Camp for the Arts' in Long Lake, New York, and a private preparatory school. Weed eventually went to the 'Walnut Hill School' for high school, a place she later credited for her eventual success.
Weed is a fine arts graduate in musical theater from 'Elon University'(2011).
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Weed began as an actor on ‘Broadway.’ She made her debut with the musical 'Lysistrata Jones,’ in November 2011. The play was adapted from Aristophanes's comedy 'Lysistrata' and was staged at the 'Walter Kerr Theatre.' She was cast as an understudy for many other female roles.
She played the prominent role of 'Nadia' in the revised version of 'Bare: A Pop Opera' (now titled 'Bare: The Musical'), a coming-of-age rock musical staged at the 'New World Stages.'
Weed was the first to play the protagonist 'Veronica Sawyer' in the 2013 rock musical 'Heathers: The Musical' (later ‘Off-Broadway’), adapted from the 1988 acclaimed film 'Heathers.' The musical ran its first show at the 'Hudson Backstage Theatre' in Los Angeles. She bagged nominations for the 'Lucille Lortel Award' and the 'Drama Desk Award' for her performance in the musical. Weed quit the show in June. The show eventually ended on August 4, 2014.
In September 2014, Weed began portraying 'Denise' in 'FOUND The Musical.' The ‘Off-Broadway’ musical was all about the origins of 'Found' magazine, created by Davy Rothbart. The show concluded on November 9, 2014.
Weed was part of the reading sessions for the stage musical 'Dear Evan Hansen' in 2014. Unfortunately, she was not included in the final stage performance.
She performed as 'Sally Bowles' in the musical 'Cabaret,' produced by 'Signature Theatre.' The musical was a revised version of the 1966 musical about cabaret singer Jean Ross, which was, in turn, an adaption of Christopher Isherwood's 1939 short novel 'Goodbye to Berlin.' The show ran from May 12 to June 28, 2015, in Washington, D.C. Weed won the 'Helen Hayes Award' for her performance in the musical.
Weed was the narrator of Goldy Moldavsky's novel 'Kill The Boy Band' on 'Audible.com' and audio CDs, which released on March 1, 2016.
Her most recent stage appearance was as 'Janis Sarkisian' in the musical 'Mean Girls,' adapted from the 2004 film of the same name. The musical had its world premiere on October 31, 2017. On December 3, 2017, it was showcased at the 'National Theatre' (Washington, D.C.). The musical made its way to ‘Broadway’ on March 12, 2018. She made her final performance in the play on March 8, 2020.
Weed believes she is quite similar to 'Janis.' Both of them have an element of ''outspoken cynicism.'' She received three 'Broadway.com Audience’ awards, of which she shared one, the award for the ‘Favorite Onstage Pair,’ with co-star Grey Henson.
In 2018, she appeared in the 'NBC' late-night variety shows 'Saturday Night Live' and 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.'
In 2019, she guest-starred as 'Deborah' in the 'HBO' comedy 'Crashing.' On April 13 that year, 'Elon University' bestowed her with a 'Top 10 Under 10 Alumni Award.'
Family & Personal Life
Weed's father had passed away from cancer when she was just 7 years old. She is the niece of the late musical artist Kathi Moss, who played 'Saraghina' in the 1982 ‘Broadway’ production of 'Nine' and also performed in original ‘Broadway’ productions of 'Grease' and 'Grand Hotel.'
Weed is a strong supporter of several causes, such as female empowerment, gun control, and voting rights.
In her spare time, she enjoys giving voice and acting lessons to teenagers. She also offers master classes at various high schools.