Liba Vaynberg is an actor, writer and singer. She has performed in plays and musicals in New York at 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 Madam Secretary and appeared on Billy & Billie as well as in several independent films, multiple web-series and national commercials. Regionally, she has performed at Yale, the Williamstown Theater Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Contemporary American Theatre Festival and the Huntington Theatre.
Her show Scheiss Book was premiered at the United Solo Festival where it won Best One Woman Show as well as the Backstage Audience Choice Award. Scheiss Book has also been produced by Dixon Place and Stonewall Inn. Her play Round Table was programmed as part of Fault Line Theater's IRONS IN THE FIRE and workshopped at Hunter College. It was produced by Fault Line Theater and 59E59 Fall of 2019. It has also been a Semi-Finalist for both Sanguine Theater and the Gary Marshall Theater New Works Festival. The Russian and the Jew, which she co-write with Emily Louise Perkins, has been selected as a 2017-2018 COJECO (Council of Jewish Émigré Community Organizations) BluePrint Fellowship and was produced by the Tank. She is currently a playwright in residence and commissioned by Rattlestick and the Working Theater as well as a LABA 14STY fellow.
She 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 is currently working on a companion piece to Scheiss Book called Queen's Quest (a solo piece about romance and RPGs which was named a 2018 SPACE ON RYDER FARM finalist.
Bilingual in English and Russian, Liba grew up in California by the Pacific Ocean and studied Molecular Biology & International Studies at Yale. She has completed the Advanced Program (501) at Upright Citizen's Brigade. She studies voice with Patricia McCaffrey.
Karen in '62, '63, '64 (short film), written & dir. Maggie McLaughlin