My name is Sonora Chase and I am a fun-loving truth seeker. From a young age I have used comedy to point out the truth, and theater to examine the greater issues of humanity. My first punch line went like this:
Dad’s fun office friend: “Here, Have sucker.”
Me: “Dad, can I?”
Dad: “Okay. But you have to brush your teeth right away.”
Me: “Well can I at least wait until the taste goes away?!”
Awkward beat, followed by roaring laughter from the room, leading to a lifelong journey of truth and humor…
As a writer, I am interested in universal struggles and I play on the Truth in Comedy. Like many actors, I went through the strike, failed pilots, and shortened-too-soon series, which really feeds the fear of never working again! So, with like-minded yet inspired peers, I began to produce original content. And I started a blog about actors who self-produce. This year I have had a blast engaging actors, writers, and directors in this conversation. Approximately 1,200 viewers a month read, re-Tweet, or comment on my blog.
I graduated from Upright Citizens’ Brigade in New York and teamed up with fellow improvisers to produce several videos for FunnyOrDie.com. These videos have received hundreds of views and are hanging at 90% funny. Airport Douchery has one three awards and is currently on the festival circuit.
I have an MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College and work in TV in NYC and L.A. I played Betty on Romantically Challenged, directed by James Burrows on ABC with Alyssa Milano and Kyle Bornheimer, currently available on iTunes. I have also appeared on Boardwalk Empire on HBO, directed by Martin Scorsese, Chuck on NBC, How I Met Your Mother on ABC, directed by Pam Fryman, Mom with Allison Janney on CBS, and Trophy Wife with Malin Ackerman on ABC.
I played Laura in My Best Day by Erin Greenwell, an official selection of the 2012 Sundance International Film Festival. The filmmakers inspired me and the movie was a total joy to work on. I met a lot of great producers and writers in Park City and fell in love with the town. My Best Day won Best Film at the Portland Women’s Film Festival and received a glowing Variety review.
In 2014 I was a grateful recipient of the Brooklyn College Theater Department’s Alumna of the Year Award; here’s my speech.
My acting work is inspired by my personal life and causes. I support and participate in The Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBTQ Youth, The Human Rights Campaign, Equity Fights Aids, The Trevor Project, AIDS Walk, and AID for AIDS. I also work towards abolishing slavery and raising awareness about the 30 million slaves world wide, namely through Girls Are Not For Sale, IAbolish.org and Somali Mam.
As much as I love my work and telling other people’s stories, I am also compelled to tell my own. My solo show, ”Have You Seen This Girl?” is a comedic coming of age story wrapped in an adoption mystery. After several readings and workshops, I performed it at One Woman Standing, the developmental festival at Emerging Artists Theater, Off Off Broadway in NYC.
What’s your story? What film do you want to see made? Tweet at me @SonoraChase or leave a comment below and join me on my Facebook Page!
Sonora Chase was most recently seen on Mom starring Allison Janney, Ana Farris, and Octavia Spencer. She played a red herring ‘Mother’ on Fox’s How I Met Your Mother and had parts on Trophy Wife, Chuck, and Boardwalk Empire, directed by Martin Scorsese. She was Karl Bornheimer’s secretary, Betty, in Romantically Challenged on ABC with Alyssa Milano.
She played Laura in My Best Day, an official selection of The 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Her solo show, Have You Seen This Girl? was work-shopped at One Woman Standing and played Off Off Broadway in 2011. In Los Angeles, she originated the role of Brianna in The Chalk Boy in 2008, published by Original Works.
Her commercials include campaigns for H&R Block, Nescafe, and Extended Stay Hotels. She records audio books and specializes in Scottish, Boston, and Texas dialects.
She was the development director for Company of Angels, the oldest non-profit theater in L.A., and currently helps nonprofits with their Kickstarter campaigns and social media.
Sonora graduated from Brooklyn College in 2007 with an MFA in Theater with an emphasis in Acting and holds a BA Theater with an emphasis in Acting from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. She studied under Alla Pokrovskaya at The Moscow Art Theater, attended The American Conservatory Theater’s Summer Congress, and trained extensively with Catherine Fitzmaurice and Patsy Rodenberg. She studied at improv at The Groundlings and graduated from Upright Citizen’s Brigade in NYC.
Her acting work is inspired by her personal life and causes. She supports The Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBTQ Youth, The Human Rights Campaign, & Equity Fights Aids. She also works towards abolishing slavery and raising awareness about the 30 million slaves world-wide, namely through Girls Are Not For Sale, IAbolish.org and Somali Mam.
She is in pre-production for her feature film, The Opposite of Everything, about an exodus from NYC, living off the grid, and reclaiming a small town destroyed by The Wall Mart Effect. She collects books over 100 years old, is an avid hiker, and lives with her wife in New York and Los Angeles.