The next time you stay in for a “Netflix and Chill,” be sure to celebrate alums Uzo Aduba, Sara Chase, Baron Vaughn, and Reed Birney stars of Orange is the New Black, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Grace & Frankie, and House of Cards.
Uzo Aduba (CFA’05) has emerged as a breakout star for her impressive work in television and theater. Aduba currently stars as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in the critically acclaimed Netflix Original Series Orange is the New Black. For her role, Aduba received the 2015 Emmy Award in the category of “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.” For her performance in season one, she won the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards for “Outstanding Actress in a Comedy” and was a part of OINTB’s win for “Best Ensemble in a Comedy.”
Additionally, Aduba won the 2014 Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy Award for “Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy” and the 2014 Broadcast Television Journalists Association Award for “Best Guest Performer in a Comedy.” She was also nominated for the 2015 Golden Globe Award for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie.” Aduba was recently cast in NBC’s production of The Wiz Live! In film, Aduba was recently cast in Ewan McGregor’s American Pastoral, and recently wrapped production on Sian Heder’s Tallulah and Michael Wilson’s Showing Roots Aduba made her television debut in 2012 on the hit CBS show Blue Bloods.
Read an interview with Uzo Aduba from Esprit, the alumni magazine
As former mole woman Cyndee Pokorney on the ensemble comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Sara Chase (CFA ’05) plays Kimmy’s best friend from the bunker. Chase has also starred in Broadway’s First Date the Musical and off-Broadway in The Toxic Avenger and can be heard on their original cast albums.
Chase has also appeared as a regular on Comedy Central’s Michael and Michael Have Issues opposite Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black. Other appearances include “The Office” “Mercy” “Arrested Development” and in the films “The Other Guys” “Arthur” “Hello I Must Be Going” and “Little Black Book.”
Baron Vaughn (CFA ’03) plays Nwabudike “Bud” Bergstein, adopted son of Frankie and Sol on the series Grace and Frankie, now in its second season. Vaughn was also a series regular on USA Networks Fairly Legal (2010-2012), and is an accomplished standup comedian. He will also be voicing Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo on the reboot of MST3K.
MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU LEARNED AT BU? I learned what it means to collaborate with people. Stand-up is a control freak’s domain. We go up there. It’s us alone. We wrote it. We’re saying it. Our voices are magnified. Yours are not. So stand-up is “Shut up and listen.”
Read an interview with Baron Vaughn at Improper Bostonian
Reed Birney,(CFA’76) has had an active and diverse career on stage and screen, earning the 2016 Tony award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor for his work in The Humans. On House of Cards, Birney plays Vice President Donald Blythe. Birney’s other Broadway credits include Gemini (1976), Picnic (2012) and Casa Valentina (2014). He has also appeared on The Blacklist, Law & Order, Gossip Girl, and The Good Wife.
Read a profile of Birney on BU Today