Sharon Wheatley is both a Broadway actress and writer. She has a nationally published memoir ‘Til the Fat Girl Sings (Adams Media).
Sharon is currently appearing as Diane in the new rock musical COME FROM AWAY at The La Jolla Playhouse.
May 29 – July 12, 2015
Book, music and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein
Directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley
A co-production with Seattle Repertory Theatre
Come From Away is an original, rock-inspired world-premiere musical based on the true story of when the isolated town of Gander, Newfoundland played host to the world. What started as an average day in a small town turned in to an international sleepover when 38 planes were diverted to Gander on September 11, 2001. Undaunted by culture clashes and language barriers, the spirited town cheered the stranded travelers with music, an open bar and the recognition that we’re all part of a global family.
As a writer, Sharon writes for actress Kristin Chenoweth, including sketches for her US and Australia tours, sketches for the Hollywood Bowl and other concerts around the country. Her highest profile project was co-writing a parody of Anthony Weiner to the song “Popular” for Kristin to sing on The Tonight Show, which aired on July 30th, 2013 and went “viral” within 24 hours. Sharon also produced, directed and co-wrote AVENUE ZOO, a 30 minute original musical written for The Bronx Zoo. It ran for four months at The Bronx Zoo in 2012 and was rewritten and performed at The Houston Zoo for four months in the summer of 2013. AVENUE ZOO was written up in the September 2013 issue of American Theatre Magazine.
A proud midwesterner and lover of malls, Sharon is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio where she attended the renowned Musical Theater program at University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music.
Sharon enjoyed 22 years in New York City as a professional actress. Her film credits include Gods behaving Badly (Release date TBA). On TV she has been seen as “Mary Jo” in My Life Is A Lifetime Movie. Her Broadway credits include Avenue Q (Kate Monster/ Lucy T. Slut, Mrs. T. Yellow Bear), the final company of Cats as it finished its record breaking run at The Winter Garden Theater (Jennyanydots, The Gumbie Cat), Les Miserables (Cosette and Eponine), and The Phantom of the Opera (Madam Firman). Sharon holds the distinction of being the only actress to appear in all three of these Broadway blockbusters on Broadway. She has also toured nationally and internationally with Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera and The Sound of Music, and also originated Avenue Q at The Wynn Casino and Resort in Las Vegas (Mrs. T/Yellow Bear/ Kate and Lucy).
In addition to her Broadway career, Sharon is a featured soloist around the country with Symphony Orchestras, including The New Jersey Symphony, Detroit, Seattle, Portland, Naples, Milwaukee and Okalahoma City.
As an author, Sharon has appeared on national radio shows, TV shows, and in numerous publications. Her book, ‘Til the Fat Girl Sings; From an Overweight Nobody to a Broadway Somebody, a memoir was released on June 1, 2006 to excellent reviews and was quickly named to the Wall Street Journal’ “Best Summer Reads” list and featured on Good Morning America. Her blog, Smash Fact or Fiction? has been featured in numerous publications including New York Magazine and Marie Claire.
When not acting or writing, Sharon also speaks to young people across the country about the importance of pursuing dreams and surviving in a society that values a small waist line over individuality. She also runs musical theater workshops for aspiring actors at both the college and high school level. Sharon serves on the advisory board of Rosie’s Theater Kids and taught at the renowned Professional Performing Arts High School in New York City.
Sharon has been married to music director Rob Meffe for 19 years and is the proud parent of 16-year-old, Charlotte Meffe and 6-year-old Beatrix Meffe. She wrote a parenting column for Equity News, the Actors’ Equity Association newspaper which attracted the attention of The New York Times and they featured Sharon and her family in a story and video about a Broadway Childcare project with The Actors’ Chapel. It can be seen here (Click on the photo on the page to watch the video). Sharon is a contributing blogger for Weight Watchers.
Sharon and her family recently fulfilled a life-long dream and moved to southern California in the San Diego area. She now has the dishwasher, washer and dryer and golden retriever she’s always wanted. She finally has a room to write in.