Debra Messing is best known for her role on NBC's Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated comedy series Will & Grace. She will discuss her award-winning work in TV, film, and theater, including the recent reprisal of her role as Grace Adler after 11 years, her advocacy as a Global Health Ambassador, the Women's March, LGBTQ causes, and being a positive example for Jewish women and moms onscreen and off. VIP Tickets available: includes a 7:00 PM meet-and-greet reception and photos with Ms. Messing and best-of-house seating. This special event opens the 2019 SeaJAM Festival, Sept. 13-15, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stroum Jewish Community Center. View all events and buy tickets at www.sjcc.org/seajam
In Fall 2017, Messing reprised her role as Grace Adler after 11 years on NBC's revival of Will & Grace, alongside the entire original creative team. Season one of the revival series premiered to over 10 million viewers, prompting an early season 2 and season 3 pickup. The series is currently shooting its third season. Messing was nominated for a 2019 Golden Globe Award in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series Musical or Comedy, as well as a 2019 Critics Choice Award in the category of Best Actress in a Comedy Series on behalf of her role.
Other TV credits include starring in the NBC series The Mysteries of Laura, for two seasons and as Julia Houston in NBC's Smash (2012-2013), a musical drama about the creation of a new Broadway show. In 2007, Messing starred in the successful acclaimed miniseries, The Starter Wife, for the USA Network, which then returned as a regular series in 2008. She received a Golden Globe and Emmy nomination for her performance as Molly Kagan. Additionally, in 2017, Messing starred in ABCs three-hour remake of Dirty Dancing, as Marjorie Houseman.
In 2018, Messing starred in the feature film thriller Searching, alongside actor John Cho. The film, directed by Aneesh Chaganty, won the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Her other film work includes the box office hit Along Came Polly and The Wedding Date, The Women and the family comedy, Nothing Like The Holidays. She co-starred in Woody Allen’s Hollywood Ending, and The Mothman Prophecies. Messing won a Best Featured Actress Award for her work in the 2015 Indie drama Like Sunday Like Rain.
In 2014, Messing made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award-nominated production of John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar. Other theater credits include Donald Marguiles Pulitzer Prize finalist Collected Stories, and Paul Rudnick's Off-Broadway play The Naked Truth. In the Spring of 2020, Messing will return to Broadway in the New York premiere of Noah Haidle's play, Birthday Candles, at the Roundabout Theatre.
Messing is the Global Health Ambassador for Population Services International (PSI) focusing on HIV/AIDS. She has traveled extensively in Africa in this role and in 2010 testified before the House Foreign Affairs sub-committee on Africa and Global Health. She was also a key speaker at the 2012 AIDS conference in DC. Other charities Messing supports include HRC (Human Rights Campaign), Everytown for Gun Safety, and Joyful Heart Foundation. She was honored with The Trevor Life Award for her contributions to the LGBT community.
Messing attended Brandeis University and received her MFA from NYU. She resides in New York.