Chanel Carroll

actress ・ writer ・ producer

bio


In Miami, Florida, I was born and raised. On a playground is where I spent most of my days. Sorry I had to. It was at a very early age when I knew that I wanted to be an actress. Any chance I got, I was always putting on performances for my family and friends. After attending both a performing arts middle and high school, I knew I wanted to study Drama at my dream school: New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Luckily, I was accepted (yay!) and spent the next 4 years studying the techniques of the Lee Strasberg Institute and The Experimental Theatre Wing. I graduated from N.Y.U. with a B.F.A. in Drama and was awarded the J.S. Seidman Award for being “The Most Outstanding Artist and Scholar” in the entire graduating class of Drama majors. 

Since graduating, I have worked with such theatrical institutions as La MaMa E.T.C., The Vineyard, The Classical Theatre of Harlem, and The Movement Theatre Company, a Harlem-based theatre company that I am a founding member of. In 2011, I spent a week in London with the TS Eliot US/UK Exchange through Old Vic New Voices. I was one of 25 actors that were chosen out of over 180 applicants to perform in an industry showcase of 7 new short plays at the Old Vic Theatre in London. While in London, I had the amazing opportunity to study with Oscar winning actor, Kevin Spacey. In the summer of 2015, I completed work on my first feature film, “How To Tell You’re A Douchebag,” which was accepted in to the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. 

In addition to performing, writing is another passion of mine and that passion grows more and more every day. Through "The Movement Theatre Company," I helped write and create “Hope Speaks,” a documentary style theatre piece about the night President Obama was elected in 2008.  Over the past couple of years , I’ve really gotten in to writing and performing song parodies and creating videos for them. Some of my most successful ones include “TUITION (Parody of ‘Partition’)” about the VERY real student loan struggle and my most recent parody “30 (Parody of ‘Hello’ by Adele)” about the anxiety of turning 30.  My parodies have been written about by Us Weekly, Marie Claire, Bustle, The Huffington Post, Mtv.com, Slate, and Cosmopolitan. 

At the end of 2015, I accomplished one of my longtime goals and joined a sketch comedy group! You can catch me and my group, First Runner Up, at our monthly show at the Pit Loft in midtown Manhattan.