Shara Ashley Zeiger


Shara Ashley Zeiger is a working actor/writer/director/producer/teaching artist  from Philadelphia residing in NYC. She recently did roles on the new Tracy Morgan Show “The Last O.G.” on TBS, “Bull” on CBS, and in the film “Weight” (with Randy Quaid and Kathy Najimy). As a performer Shara’s done work on camera with ABC, MTV, VH1, National Geographic, CollegeHumor, and with many festival running films including “Aphasia” (Tribeca Film Festival/Palm Springs) “Gasp!” (Claremont-Ferrand, ), “High Deny” (Buffalo Niagra Film Festival), and “Girl Clown” (Big Apple Film Festival). Shara was in the National Tour of Imaginary Invalid, and has worked at many theaters Off-Broadway and regionally. Shara is the founding artistic director of The Platform Group in NYC where she produces her work in film and Off-Broadway theatre. Shara is the playwright behind “Roughly Speaking” her critically acclaimed play with rap about the homeless (she was also in) that ran in NYC Fall 2016. It was hailed by Broadwaybox as one of the top 6 plays to see after the election (included with Hamilton & Sweat) and one of the top 6 shows to see with a limited run by Playbill. Her play “The Dark Place” was part of the Emerging Artist Theater’s New Works Festival in 2014. She is the screenwriter behind films  “Tupperware Party” (produced by Orange is the New Black’s Miriam Morales), “JOE” ( Sedona International Film Festival/Newport Beach Film Festival, Oaxaca Film Festival etc.), “The Red Lotus”(NY Shorts International Film Festival, Golden Door International Film festival, etc.) , “Faustess” ( Northeast Film Festival, New Filmmakers Festival NY, etc), “White Elephant”, “IMustacheYou”, and ‘Secret Feminism.” Shara acts in most of her films, often produces them and sometimes directs. She’s currently working on the new series “Oy…a new comedy series”, “Yo Sidekicks!” and developing “JOE” into a series and pitching the feature version of “The Red Lotus”. Shara devised dozens of new works with students through The Queens Theatre, as a company member with Hivemind Collective, and recently an adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland” she then directed for students in Chengdu, China. Shara’s taught through many residencies with the NYC Public & Charter Schools, with Serious Fun NYC, Broadway Bound Kids, Queens Theatre’s Showstoppers, The Actors Green Room, Catholic Charities, and Story Pirates. Last year Shara consult produced 30 new films with first time producers, and currently coaches many actors privately in NYC. She’s a reader for The O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference, and sits on the board for NY’s Educational Theater Association. Shara is alum of Ithaca College, The O’Neill Center’s National Theater Institute, The Upright Citizens Bridage, Studio 5, and AGR. She is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA & The Dramatists Guild.

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