Mercedes Herrero has been a professional actress for more than thirty years, performing in over 100 plays and 17 film and television productions. Notable stage roles include Mrs. Shears in the 5-time Tony Award-winning Broadway play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (800 performances), Reggie Fluty in the original productions of multi-award and most produced play of the early aughts The Laramie Project, Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire at Arena Stage, Queen Elizabeth (opp Peter Dinklage and Ty Burrell) at the Public Theatre’s Richard III and Mistress Quickly/Alice in the Delacorte’s production of Henry V (opp Liev Shrieber and Bronson Pinchot).
As well as playing many classical roles, she has been a part of 15 world premieres of notable playwrights including Lynn Nottage (Las Meninas), A.R. Gurney (O Jerusalem) and Madeleine George (Seven Homeless Mammoths) in venues such as The Yale Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Center Stage, Berkeley Rep, Syracuse Stage and many others. Film and T.V. credits include 3 seasons as Director of National Intelligence Vanessa Morrison on House of Cards, Judge Martha Sirkin on Law and Order, and appearances in the films Deception, Arranged and The Vanishing of Sydney Hall. Ms. Herrero holds an M.F.A from the Yale School of Drama and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Virginia. She has been a Lecturer at her Alma Mater, the University of Virginia and a Visiting Professor at Bennington College and Middlebury College, where she taught Acting and Public Speaking. She has also taught Communication and Storytelling Skills for companies such as BSpeak! and Ovation, the former to business students entering Darden at UVA, and the latter for business professionals at Microsoft, TIAA and Raymond James. Ms Herrero has coached many students applying to acting conservatories, professional actors for auditions, and speakers for TedX events.