Amirah Vann currently stars as ‘Ernestine’ on the hit WGN America Series Underground, which has been renewed for a second season.
An actress and singer-songwriter from Far Rockaway, New York, Amirah began performing at a young age, making her debut as a background dancer at a local talent event featuring comedian, Tracy Morgan. She went on to follow her passion for performing, graduating with a BA in acting from Fordham University at Lincoln Center, and a MFA in Acting from NYU Tisch. Soon afterward, she began work with The Continuum Company under the direction of Jim Calder. She traveled with the company to Florence, Italy, performing in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Hermia), while collaborating as a vocalist with Jonathan Batiste (newest band leader for “The Late Show”) to develop original music for the production. She also performed in the company’s production of “Pericles,” directed by Mark Wing Davey.
Upon graduation, Vann went on to participate in a variety of developmental musical workshops, including “Kingdom,” “Holler If You Hear Me,” “Sweethearts of Swing,” “The Lady Killers Love Story,” and “Cubamor,” which was presented at the 26th annual National Alliance for Musical Theatre Festival. She also participated in the development of several pieces by playwright Dominique Morriseau (“Detroit ’67”).
Vann made her Off-Broadway debut in “Laughing Pictures” at the Flea Theatre, and continued her stage career performing off-Broadway and regionally in pieces such as “Trouble In Mind,” “The Mountaintop,” “Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike,” “Wax Wings” and “Blueprint.”
Among her accolades, Vann is a recipient of the Princess Grace Award in Acting, Best Actor by the UJAMAA Black Theater, and The ARTS Musical Theater Award.
Vann began her television career in roles on “Girls" (HBO), “Believe" (NBC) and "Mozart in the Jungle” (Amazon). Her ﬁlm credits include "And So It Goes", "Don’t Worry Baby", "Once More with Feeling” and "Three and a Half Thoughts". She was most recently seen in "Tracers", opposite Taylor Lautner, which premiered in the spring of 2015.