- The Skinny - 20130926- Alicia Witt

Actor/ singer songwriter Alicia Witt has a lot going on in 2013. This April she co-starred opposite Peter Bogdanovich and Cheryl Hines in the independent family dramedy Pasadena, which begins its festival run at the Sarasota Film Festival and the Newport Beach Film Festival. She also can be heard on the closing credits song, which she wrote and sings with Ben Folds. I Do, which finishes its festival run after over 25 festivals worldwide and 10 awards, and opened nationwide in May. Alicia has two songs featured in this film as well.

Other indies set for release in 2013 include Away from here opposite Nick Stahl: and ‘Bronx Bull’ with William Forsythe and Penelope Ann Miller.Earlier this year, Alicia finished shooting Tyler Perry‘s feature ‘ A Madea Christmas‘, which is being released through Lionsgate on December 14, 2013. She will also be seen that month in the Hallmark film ‘Merry Mix-Up’, shooting currently in Toronto, in which she stars as a girl who goes home to spend Christmas with her fiance for the first time, only to discover that she may or may not be about to marry the wrong guy. Last year she was in the Samuel Goldwyn film Cowgirls and Angels with James Cromwell, which premiered at the Dallas Film Festival in April 2012 and opened in theatres on May 25. She appeared in the Emmy award winning series finale of Friday Night Lights on NBC, in which she reprised her Season 4 role of Cheryl, and has been recurring on CBS’ The Mentalist as blind pianist Rosalind.

Last year she also appeared in the independent feature Joint Body opposite Mark Pellegrino as an exotic dancer and rape victim who finds herself running from the law after her attacker is murdered. She was also seen in The Pond, an award winning short film in which Alicia starred as a woman grieving the sudden loss of her husband. It was screened extensively on Shorts HD after a nearly 2 year festival run and also stars David Morse. Before that she appeared in Peep World, an independent ensemble comedy starring Sarah Silverman, Michael C Hall and Rain Willson.

Alicia appeared in 88 Minutes opposite Al Pacino

Alicia appeared in 88 Minutes opposite Al Pacino for director Jon Avnet. Witt played a graduate student and teaching assistant with whom Pacino’s character, a forensic psychiatrist, has a complicated relationship. She starred for half a season opposite Chris Noth on Law & Order Criminal Intent as Detective Nola Falacci; was featured on Two and a Half Men as a teacher turned stripper, and on CSI Miami as a serial killer.

Witt was also seen in Paramount’s Last Holiday with Queen Latifah. She also starred in New Line’s critically acclaimed film The Upside of Anger. Witt appeared in the film opposite Joan Allen, Kevin Costner, Erika Christensen, Evan Rachel Wood and Keri Russell. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Witt appeared on-stage in fall 2006 at Royal Court Theatre in Terry Johnson’s Piano/Forte. She made her West End debut in spring 2004 with Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things. She was also seen on stage in the new play Dissonance at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. This April 2013, Alicia will once again be part of the 24 Hour Musicals off-Broadway. This will mark her 3rd time performing in them. She has previously taken the stage in the 24 Hour Plays on Broadway and in the West End.

In 2002, Witt appeared in the Warner Bros. romantic comedy, Two Weeks Notice, opposite Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock. She was also seen in the John Waters film John Waters film Cecil B. Demented, also starring Stephen Dorff and Melanie Griffith, as well as director Cameron Crowe’s Vanilla Sky, opposite Tom Cruise.

 

Alicia is an accomplished singer/songwriter.

A classically trained pianist, for the past five years she has been performing her original piano-driven rock all across the world, and has opened for Ben Folds Five, Jimmy Webb and John Fullbright. Her self-titled first EP was released in June 2009 and her Kickstarter funded first full length album, 'Live at Rockwood', which was recorded at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC, was released following a self-booked national tour last spring. Witt performed live as the musical guest on CBS’ Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. She is currently working on her next release, spending much of May 2013 in the studio. Her music and videos can be seen at www.aliciawittmusic.com.

 

Playing Mona Lisa (2000) official trailer

Witt combined her acting talents with her skills as a classically trained pianist in the romantic comedy, Playing Mona Lisa. For this role, she won a Best Actress Award at the US Comedy Arts Festival.

On television, Witt has made guest appearances on the phenomenally successful HBO series, The Sopranos and the Emmy award winning Ally McBeal , on which she sang with Randy Newman. She previously starred for four seasons as Cybill Shepherd’s daughter Zoey on the hit CBS sitcom Cybill.

Fun

In 1994, Witt appeared in the critically acclaimed Fun, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. The film, directed by Rafal Zielinski, depicts a tale of two disturbed young girls whose quest for fun leads them to murder. Witt received the “Special Jury Recognition” Award at Sundance and a nomination for an Independent Spirit Award. In 1998, she starred in Columbia Tristar’s hit movie, Urban Legend.

 

Lynch cast her in his cult classic television series, Twin peaks

Alicia made her film debut in David Lynch’s Dune, and by the age of fourteen, received her high school diploma and moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting full time. Once in Los Angeles, Lynch cast her in his cult classic television series, Twin Peaks, as Gersten Hayward, a part that he had written specifically for Witt. Following this, Lynch utilized Alicia’s talents once again in his HBO trilogy, Hotel Room, in which she portrayed a young woman with multiple personality

disorder.

 

Clarinet Scene - Mr. Holland's Opus

Alicia made her directorial debut with the short film Belinda’s Swan Song, which she also wrote. The film premiered at the 2006 Rhode Island International Film Festival and was screened at 9 additional festivals around the world, including the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival.

Alicia also appeared in Mr. Holland’s Opus, opposite Richard Dreyfuss, as well as Four Rooms( Miramax) with Tim Roth, Madonna, and Lili Taylor, and directed by Quentin Tarantino, Allison Anders, Robert Rodriguez, and Alexandre Rockwell.

Other film credits include Mike Figgis’ Liebstraum, Bodies, Rest and Motion, starring Eric Stoltz and Bridget Fonda, and Bong water opposite Luke Wilson.