Daphne Rubin-Vega

About DRV

DAPHNE RUBIN-VEGA is a two-time Tony and Drama Desk nominee (1996/2004) and recipient of the Theater World, Obie (1996) and Blockbuster (1998) awards. She has been a member of the Labyrinth Theater Company since 1992.

Ms. Rubin-Vega is perhaps best known for the roles she originated, including Mimi ("Rent") and Conchita ("Anna in the Tropics"), both Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway shows for which she was nominated for the Tony award. She has since originated countless roles, including Dolores in Aaron Mark's urban homage to Sweeney Todd, "Empanada Loca", (Labyrinth Theater Company) which has since become the grizzly podcast, "The Horror of Dolores Roach" on Gimlet media. Other originated roles: Rahmi, (Karen Hartman's "Gum"), Sofia, (Nilo Cruz' "Two Sisters and a Piano"), Canary Mary, (Suzan-Lori Parks' "Fucking A"; Lucille Lortel nomination), Lucy ("Jack Goes Boating") and, most recently, the role of Beatriz, the undocumented mother in Quiara Alegria Hudes and Erin McKeown's road trip musical, "Miss You Like Hell" (Lucille Lortel nomination). The last four mentioned all at the Public Theater.

Broadway revivals include: "A Streetcar Named Desire" as Stella, The Rocky Horror Show" as Magenta and "Les Miserables" as Fantine. Selected film credits include: "Wild Things", (Blockbuster Award for Best Supporting Actress), "Flawless", "Sex and the City" and "Fall To Rise", as well as reprising her role in Phillip Seymour Hoffman's film directorial debut of "Jack Goes Boating".

Daphne Rubin-Vega is recognized for her singing as much as her acting. She was a member of the girl group Pajama Party whose single "Yo No Se" was number one on the Billboard dance charts. They made two albums on Atlantic Records before Daphne began writing and recording solo singles for the indie dance label Maxi. In 1997, Rubin-Vega cut her first album of original music, "Souvenirs" on the subsequently defunct Mercury label and in 2006, she produced, performed, and primarily wrote "Redemption Songs" (Sh-K- Boom). Daphne has contributed to various musical projects, including her notorious version of "Feliz Navidad" for Broadway Cares and her club smash cover of "Rocketman.

In 2005, she received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Kean University. "Dr." Rubin-Vega was born in Panama and raised in New York City where she lives with her husband and son.

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Because she made the gutsy move of listing on her resume that she sang with David Bowie, Cissy Houston, and Chaka Khan--after only having belted out Happy Birthday with them at a party. Because that little white lie landed Rubin-Vega her first professional job in the early 90's girl group Pajama Party.
- Cosmopolitan Magazine, Feb 2000