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Lindsay Michelle Mendez (born March 1, 1983) is an American actress and singer, best known for her work in American musical theatre.

Lindsay Mendez
Mendez as Rose Fenny in Dogfight
Lindsay Michelle Mendez

(1983-03-01) March 1, 1983 (age 36)
EducationOrange County High School of the Arts
OccupationActress, singer
Known forWicked, Dogfight, Band Geeks, 21 Chump Street, Godspell, Grease, Carousel
Michael Borth
(m. 2008; div. 2014)
Philip Wakefield (m. 2016)
AwardsTony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical (for Carousel)

Mendez won the 2018 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Carrie Pipperidge in a Broadway revival of Carousel. Her other credits on Broadway include Elphaba in Wicked (performing during the production's tenth anniversary), Godspell, and Grease as Jan.[3]


Life and careerEdit

Mendez was born in Norwalk, California. Her father is of Mexican descent and her mother is of Russian Jewish ancestry.[4] She played Lizzie in a preview of "A Little More Alive", written by Nick Blaemire, in Kansas City. Other credits include roles in The Marvelous Wonderettes, 35MM, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, and Princesses.[5]

In 2012, Mendez appeared opposite Derek Klena in Dogfight as Eddie and Rose, and in Wicked as Elphaba and Fiyero. The two frequently perform together at the Broadway supper club 54 Below.[6] Mendez sings jazz and blues at other cabarets and dining clubs with pianist Marco Paguia. The two released a jazz album entitled "This Time" in 2013. Mendez, along with composer Ryan Scott Oliver, founded and runs Actor Therapy: a five-week training experience for young actors in NYC.[7] For her role as Rose Fenny in Off-Broadway's Dogfight, she was nominated for the 2013 Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance, the 2013 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, and the 2013 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical.[8][9][10]

In 2014, she also played Naomi Rodriguez in 21 Chump Street and then in 2015, Laura in the play Significant Other.[citation needed]

While performing in Wicked, Mendez filmed a series of video blogs for entitled "Fly Girl: Backstage at Wicked with Lindsay Mendez", giving an inside look at the smash musical, including interviews with current cast members, glimpses of costumes, sets, props, and how Mendez herself was transformed into the musical's protagonist, Elphaba, the green-skinned girl who becomes the Wicked Witch of the West.[11]

Mendez played Carrie in the 2018 Broadway revival of Carousel, for which she won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. The production also starred Jessie Mueller and Joshua Henry.[12]




Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2019 All Rise (fka Courthouse) Sara Upcoming series


  • Band Geeks: A New Musical - Studio Cast Recording (2018)
  • Carousel - 2018 Broadway Cast Recording (2018)[15]
  • 21 Chump Street - The Musical - EP (2014)
  • Dogfight - Original Cast Recording (2013)
  • Kerrigan-Lowdermilk Live (2013)
  • This Time, with Marco Paguia (2013)
  • 35MM: A Musical Exhibition - Original Cast Recording (2012)
  • Godspell - The New Broadway Cast Recording (2011)
  • Everyday Rapture - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2010)
  • New York City Christmas, ASTEP Benefit album (2009)
  • Grease Revival - New Broadway Cast Recording (2008)

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result
2013 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Dogfight Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Nominated
2014 Audience Choice Award Favorite Replacement (Female) Wicked Won
2017 Audience Choice Award Favorite Featured Actress in a Play Significant Other Won
2018 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Musical Carousel Won
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Won
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Won
2019 Grammy Award Best Musical Theater Album[16] Nominated


  1. ^ "Lindsay Mendez". Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  2. ^ "How "The Green Lady" Brought Lindsay Mendez and Her Husband Together - Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Lindsay Mendez - Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  4. ^ "In 'Carousel,' Broadway's Lindsay Mendez Helps Raise The Bar For Latina Inclusion". 5 June 2018. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Lindsay Mendez and Derek Klena: #Klendez". Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Home". Actor Therapy. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  8. ^ "2013 Drama League Awards Nominees Announced". Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-05-01. Retrieved 2013-04-29.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ Cox, Gordon (22 April 2013). "'Pippin' Hot With Outer Critics Circle Nominators". Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Fly Girl: Backstage at 'Wicked' with Lindsay Mendez". Retrieved 11 June 2018 – via
  12. ^ "Official: Lindsay Mendez and John Douglas Thompson Join Broadway's Carousel!",, October 12, 2017
  13. ^ "The Rose Tattoo - Williamstown Theatre Festival". Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  14. ^ Lefkowitz, Andy (March 25, 2019). "Lindsay Mendez & Ruthie Ann Miles Join CBS Legal Drama Pilot Courthouse".
  15. ^ McPhee, Ryan (June 8, 2018). "Carousel Revival Cast Recording Available Digitally June 8". Playbill.
  16. ^ Desk, TV News. "THE BAND'S VISIT, CAROUSEL & More Nominated for 2019 GRAMMY AWARDS". Retrieved 2018-12-07.

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