The Juilliard School
Theodore Roosevelt High School
Cast in the crime drama "Rampart" opposite Woody Harrelson
Returned to Broadway to star in a new production of the George Gershwin and DuBose Heyward opera "Porgy and Bess" at the American Repertory Theater
Reprised role for the ABC television adaptation of "Raisin in the Sun"; earned an Emmy nomination for Supporting Actress
Cast in the Broadway revival, "110 in the Shade"; received sixth Tony nomination
Joined the "Grey’s Anatomy" spinoff series, "Private Practice" (ABC) as Dr. Naomi Bennett; replaced Merrin Dungey, who played the role in the series pilot
Sang two solo one-act operas at the Houston Grand Opera
Cast opposite Sean Combs in the Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry's "Raisin in the Sun"
Cast in the short-lived NBC drama "Mister Sterling"
Co-starred with Emma Thompson in Mike Nichols' adaptation of the award-winning play "Wit" (HBO); received an Emmy nomination
Featured in a one-night only benefit concert staging of "Dreamgirls"
Performed in concert with Patti LuPone at the Hollywood Bowl (July)
Cast as a psychologist in two episodes of the NBC drama "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
First starring role in the musical "Marie Christine"; received Tony nomination as Actress in a Musical
Dramatic TV debut, playing the young Bessie Delany in the CBS TV-movie "Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years"
Played secretary Grace Farrell in the TV remake of "Annie" (ABC)
Appeared in the final episode of the NBC drama series "Homicide: Life on the Street"
Recorded first solo album, Way Back to Paradise
Had a small role as a singer performing at a wedding in "The Object of My Affection"; directed by Nicholas Hytner
Made film debut as an opera singer in "Seven Servants"
Cast as a student of Maria Callas in the original Broadway production of "Master Class"
Originated the role of Sarah in the Toronto production of "Ragtime"; also appeared on Broadway in 1998
Made Broadway debut in revival of "Carousel" as Carrie Pipperidge; first association with Nicholas Hytner
Joined the touring production of the musical "The Secret Garden"