Kimberly Hebert Gregory, born “Kimberly Hebert” in Houston, Texas is the baby of three.  Her family will tell you she has always had a penchant for the dramatic, thus earning her the family nickname “Glenn Close.” Kimberly found very early on that acting was something in which she could excel.  Her first performance was, as most young black actresses of her generation, in her school’s Black History program.  She played Rosa Parks at the insistence of a teacher who told her her earthy voice was mature and just what the character required. From that day onward, she was bitten by the bug.  She informed her mother that she would win her an Oscar while watching the awards ceremony at age seven, which was a ritual for the young women in the family. Her mother is holding her to that one.

Kimberly began to take her acting more seriously and attended performing arts middle and high schools.  She is a proud Alumnae of The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA). Many of the world’s greatest talents walked those halls, most notably Beyonce Knowles and Chandra Wilson. Kimberly considers herself to be in good company. After graduation, she attended the prestigious Mount Holyoke College, where she received her BA in Psychology.  While studying with truly phenomenal women, Kimberly spent a portion of her junior year abroad, studying Classical Theatre in London.  Though she always loved theatre, this is when she learned to truly respect the artistry of the craft.

Chicago was the next place where she would learn to be more and think more as an actress.  Kimberly spent a quarter at Depaul University’s MFA program, when she was swept off her feet to Hamburg, Germany to do a run of “Little Shop of Horrors.” Returning to the rich theatre culture of the Windy City was vast in learning experiences both personal and professional.  While in Chicago, Kimberly managed to get married, start a family (one son), earn a Master’s degree in Social Work from The University of Chicago, and work in all of the major regional theatre houses that are there (The Goodman, Steppenwolf, Victory Gardens, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre). She was quite busy during her time there.

It was finally her time to face New York City.  Ready to take on the challenge of the Big Apple, Kimberly was casted in the regional tour of the monumental spectacle that is Disney’s The Lion King.  She played the role of Shenzi in the Gazelle Tour for over a year and returned to her family and the city.  She has found a way to have her unique brand of talent be seen and respected by many (The Public, McCarter, Sundance Theatre Institute, New Dramatist and Lark Play Development).

Kimberly Hebert Gregory is that rare brand of talent that is honest, captivating, charming and mysterious.  Her work is precise, poignant and edgy.  She is the next rising star, because she brings such light to her work.  She is a gift that has been gifted and seeks to continue to share it.

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