Minifie’s theatrical dreams came true when she starred in the Broadway revival of Eugene O’Neill’s devastating drama, Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Every night, she shared the stage with Jessica Lange, Michael Shannon, Gabrielle Byrne and John Gallagher, Jr. Next to Lange, as Cathleen, she was the only woman in the cast. “Confidence can only come from yourself; we are all in the same room, the actors and the audience, so it serves us on the stage to act like it. The subconscious is present for a reason,” she says.
Given that Minifie made her Broadway debut at age 11 in The Pillowman, she was not too intimidated to share the stage with such prolific actors, who were each “marvelous in their own way and so giving and open to each other’s process.” “I got so damn lucky,” she says. Now, reflecting on her early career, she says: “I so admire these child actors that blow up and are still able to compile a body of work that is self-reflective and challenging. I think I really needed to work all that stuff out away from the public eye. I also needed a kick in the pants when I started resting on my resumé and my natural instincts too heavily. I needed to fail. I still need to fail.” Not every actor will admit to risking failure. Minifie’s words bring to mind Cate Blanchett, who once stated, “If you’re going to fail, fail gloriously.” Ironically, Blanchett is one of Minifie’s inspirations, along with Gena Rowlands (“I admire the trajectory of her career.”). Minifee has just joined a writing class, and eventually wants to write and direct, but for now, she’s focused on acting—and she’s still got much to explore in that realm. “I want to play Pippa in whatever manifestation of Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch materializes. And any part in her The Secret History. Her characters are so alive. I want to do a remake of Little Women. I want to do a movie on Henry David Thoreau and play Louisa May Alcott who, at 16, used to sit on the steps of his cabin at Walden Pond."
Minifie also co-stars in the female-centric Netflix original series Jessica Jones, which recently announced that it’s upcoming second season will be directed entirely by women. “That show sets a precedent for women in the industry. (Show-runner) Melissa Rosenberg helmed that ship with power and grace. When I met her, I remember thinking I had never met a woman with that kind of presence.” With two upcoming film roles and another Broadway show on the horizon, it’s clear that Minifie’s integrity, hunger to learn, and determination—not to mention her bright red hair and glowing smile—make her a standout in the competitive world of young actresses.
CREDITS: The Pillowman (Broadway, 2005), Long Day’s Journey into Night (Broadway, 2016), Jessica Jones (ABC/Marvel, 2015/recurring), Punk Rock (MCC Theater, 2014), Upcoming: Radium Girls, An Actor Prepares, Six Degrees of Separation (Broadway)
Colby wears a coat by DROMe, stylist’s own top and pants, Brian Atwood heels.
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Colby just finished workshopping Alexa Junge's play "Fingersmith" based on the Sarah Waters novel, directed by Bill Rauch at New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Season at Vassar College. She worked alongside Dierdre O'Connell, Nick Westrate, Elise Kibler, Rocco Sisto, Kathryn Kates, Mandi Masden, Jade Wu, Daniel Molina, Mitchell Sink, Barzin Akhavan, Steve Mellor, Alejandra Escalante, and Ripley Sobo.
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Colby has a recurring role as Jessica Jones' neighbor in "Marvel's Jessica Jones," which hits Netflix on Friday, November 20th! The show is getting stellar reviews, with 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. Check out the trailer below:
Colby's second audio book, The Radiant Road, by Katherine Catmull, is now available on SoundCloud. Listen to a snippet here:
Colby has won an Earphones Award for her first Audiobook, The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle. A sample is available on AudioFile. AudioFile states:
"Colby Minifie's accent immediately transports listeners to Cara's small Irish town. She also carries listeners into Cara's inner world, where worries about mishaps mingle with uncomfortable romantic feelings for her stepbrother. Minifie is as masterful at registering mounting tensions as Fowley-Doyle is at increasing the story's menace."
Thanks to May Wuthrich for directing the recording of the audiobook!
Colby is ecstatic to be joining playwright Meghan Kennedy, director Carolyn Cantor, and Marisa Tomei, Louis Cancelmi, Heather Lind, Naomi Lorrain, Christina Pumariega, and Chris Sullivan in a reading of Talk to Me of Love at Williamstown Theater Festival on August 14th.
Colby is currently performing in "Love Letters To A Dictator," a one-woman one-act play in Series B of Summer Shorts at 59E59 Theaters on the Upper East Side. Her picture was featured in the New York Times review for the show on Sunday. Tickets are available on the 59E59 website. Series B runs in rep with Series A until August 29th, 2015!
Colby has been cast in City Of, a new play produced at Playwrights Realm as their first alumni production. Playwright Anton Dudley's second production at Playwrights Realm, City Of follows four Americans who travel to Paris to heal and grow. Directed by Stephen Brackett, this production features Suzanne Bertish, Devin Norik, Jon Norman Schneider, Steve Rattazzi, and Cheryl Stern.
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Or here for a first look at the production!
Over a beer after one of our performances, Alexis Soloski interviewed the cast of Punk Rock about how we wind down after each show. It turned into a full-page feature in the Sunday Arts and Leisure section.
Ben Brantley's review of Punk Rock praised the direction and the performances, "Enacted by a marvelous young cast that dares to go places most grown-ups like to forget exist, this portrait of British private-school students during exam season is one of the most piercing studies of kids' inhumanity to kids since poor Piggy snuffed it in William Golding's "Lord of the Flies"."