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LISAGAY HAMILTON (Jennifer Ayers-Moore) is a graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts and the Juilliard School of Drama. Her extensive theater credits include Isabella in "Measure for Measure” and Lady Hotspur in "Henry IV Parts I & II” at the New York Shakespeare Theatre Festival. She was an original cast member in the Broadway Company of August Wilson's "The Piano Lesson” and "Gem of the Ocean.” In the fall of 2007, she won an Obie Award for her performance in Adrienne Kennedy's "The Ohio State Murders” at Theater for a New Audience in New York City.

Hamilton was an Ovation Award nominee for Best Actress for Athol Fugard's "Valley Song” at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Her performance earned her an Obie Award, the Clarence Derwent Award and a Drama Desk nomination.

Hamilton's film credits include "The Truth about Charlie” and "Beloved” for director Jonathan Demme; Clint Eastwood's "True Crime”; the independent films "Palookaville” and "Drunks”; Showtime's "A House Divided” opposite Sam Waterston; Ophelia in director Campbell Scott's film version of "Hamlet”; and "Nine Lives” directed by Rodrigo Garcia. Her latest film credits include "Tourist” directed by Marcel Langenegger; and "Honeydripper” directed by John Sayles.

She co-starred for seven years on the Emmy Award-winning David Kelley drama "The Practice,” and just completed her role opposite Ray Romano and Andre Braugher in the TNT pilot "Men of a Certain Age.”

Hamilton made her prime-time directorial debut on "The Practice,” and "BEAH: A Black Woman Speaks” marked her documentary directorial debut. "BEAH: A Black Woman Speaks” received the 2003 AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, Documentary Competition, won the 2004 Miami Film Festival Audience Award, made the 2005 list of Notable Videos selected by the American Library Association and won the 2005 Fespaco Film Festival Paul Robeson Award.

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