Liba Vaynberg is an actor, writer and singer. She has performed in plays and musicals in New York at Baruch Performing Arts Center, Classic Stage Company, HERE, NY Int'l Fringe Festival, La MaMa's Ellen Stewart Theatre, WP Theatre, Working Theatre, Ars Nova, the Lark, Primary Stages, New Dramatists and NYTW. She recurred on New Amsterdam and Madam Secretary and appeared on Billy & Billie, The Deuce and The Plot Against America as well as in several independent films and national commercials. Her performance as Annie Blumberg opposite Ed Asner and Tovah Feldshuh in The Soap Myth was televised for PBS. Regional highlights include Yale, Williamstown Theater Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Contemporary American Theatre Festival and the Huntington Theatre. She is also the co-founder of Anna & Kitty, Inc., a non-profit devoted to female leadership in and through the arts.
Scheiss Book premiered at the International United Solo Festival where it won Best One Woman Show as well as the Backstage Audience Choice Award and holds the record number of encores at Theater Row. It has since been reprised at Dixon Place, Stonewall Inn and the Wild Project (with Wheelhouse Theatre Company). The sequel Queen's Quest was named a 2018 SPACE ON RYDER FARM finalist and premiered with Tikkun/LABA Fest in 2020. Other plays include Round Table, produced by Fault Line Theater and 59E59 (Times Square Chronicles' Best of 2019). She was the recipient of the COJECO (Council of Jewish Émigré Community Organizations) BluePrint Fellowship to co-write The Russian and the Jew which was then produced by the Tank. Previously commissioned by Xavier University to write The Oxford Comma, she is currently commissioned by Rattlestick and the Working Theater as well as a LABA 14STY Fellow. She contributes regularly to Lilith Magazine and writes and performs with Allison Minick in Main Wench Records with whom she created Tales of Toverud (an official selection at the LA Comedy Festival & Screenplay Competition and the Amsterdam International Film Festival). She has been blogging at TYPECASTING MYSELF for over ten years.
Bilingual in English and Russian, Liba grew up in California by the Pacific Ocean and studied Molecular Biology & International Studies at Yale. She toured the country and performed with the improv group The Purple Crayon at Yale University and has completed the Advanced Program (501) at Upright Citizen's Brigade. She studies voice with Patricia McCaffrey.
Recent & Upcoming: Maggie In The Attic (lead) written/dir. Kim Krohn
Simone de Beauvoir, The Plot Against America (HBO)
Nurse April Kosloff (recurring) on New Amsterdam Seasons 1 & 2
Queen's Quest + Scheiss Book at 14STY with LABA Fest
The Gett with Rattlestick Playwright's Theater & CBE
Contrition: A Long Voicemail (streaming on Spotify), dir. Tova Wolff