Tracy Weller is an actress, writer and founder/director of the experiential theatre company, Mason Holdings (http://mason.holdings). She has performed throughout New York City and abroad at festivals in Germany, South Korea and Italy. She received her graduate training and MFA from Columbia University, with additional training from Ann Bogart and the SITI Company. She has extensive classical ballet training and experience in flamenco, modern, mime, and biomechanics. Some NYC credits include Down Range at The Mint, A Christmas Carol: A New Musical at Vortex Theater, Heist at The Sargent Theatre, Spectre Box’s Amuse Bouche at INTAR, Touched at Uncle Ming’s, Twelfth Night (Olivia) and House of Bernarda Alba (“Best Ensemble of the Year,” New York Observer) at Riverside Theatre, Family Picnic (Best Actress, New York Winterfest) She was a co-founder of Spectre Box, where she wrote, developed and produced Touched and Amuse Bouche, and she was a co-writer/collaborator of A Christmas Carol: A New Musical. She wrote and performed the play Jarring, as well as its short film adaptation (both directed by Kristjan Thor). She also wrote and performed Holiday House: Christmas Bends (featured in the New York Times, Design Live and Chance Magazine). She curates, produces and hosts Mason Holdings’ monthly playwrights’ series, Unseen & Unheard, which has produced over twenty-five playwrights in almost three years. At Project Y’s 2017 Women in Theatre Festival, she presented her short film, Jarring (Finalist, Blow-Up International Arthouse Film Festival), along with the first act of her in-development play, Most Sincerely, Edward Albee. This spring, she will return to Project Y’s 2018 WIT Festival to present The Love & Death Traveling Circus, written by Devin Burnam, conceived/developed by Tracy Weller & Mason Holdings. In the fall of 2018, she will perform in Consumption, written by Devin Burnam, conceived/developed by Tracy Weller & Mason Holdings. She is currently at work on a podcast, The Mason Holdings Radio Hour, featuring the lost diaries of Elena Hoyos. Future projects include her full-length version of Most Sincerely, Edward Albee and Hart Island, the story of New York City’s potter’s field, as well as Doll Life (a coffee table book for folks who don’t like coffee table books). Tracy also is the proud and grateful recipient of a Puffin Foundation grant. Check out: tracyweller.land email: tracy@masonholdings
At four, Tracy started composing and singing opera in her mother’s garden. These operas could go on for hours and the neighbors noticed. Her voice was enormous but her pitch was off.
In fifth grade, she wrote and directed a series of ghoulish murder mysteries to perform for show and tell. The violence was spectacular. The teachers pulled the plug on show and tell.
A bunch of other complicated stuff happened (she got hit by a car, her brother ran away, her dad moved into the basement) and she got lice – chronic lice.** There wasn’t any point in washing or brushing her hair anymore, so she pulled it all back into a permanent bun and studied ballet (thank you Boston Ballet and School of American Ballet) — very seriously (a little too seriously). Bow-legged but exceptionally devout, she worked harder than any of the pretty legged girls. Late adolescence revealed that not even a masochistic work ethic and two years in a hideous corrective brace could straighten her crookedness.
So she took her ugly legs and auditioned for a play. What a wonder – like being back in the garden, four years old. Then she wrote some stories that people seemed to like. She performed in big places (The Met, Italy, Germany, South Korea) and little places (Uncle Ming’s, The Vortex, the 2 train, Bowery Poetry Club, The Ohio, etc.)
Nowadays…she is still exactly who she always was: an actress, writer and sometime painter, doodler and puppet-maker. If you want to make something interesting, she’ll come running and skipping. Storytelling is the holy game and she will play with anyone who believes.
**She also had scabies. You might not have guessed that.