Dossy Peabody - Actor and Acting Coach

Photograph by David Costa

Movie clips of Dossy Peabody appearing "In Dreams", "Mermaids", "The Crucible", and "Meet The Mobsters"; along with actors Robert Downey Jr., Cher, Bob Hoskins, Paul Scofield, Daniel Day Lewis, Minona Ryder, John Fiore, Richard Snee and Lonnie Farmer.

Dossy works with both professional and non-professional acting students of all ages. Her actors are applying to theatre school (graduate and undergraduate), preparing for an audition, working on a stage or film role, or simply studying the craft and art of acting.

Dossy coaches professional singers and actors who come to her to help improve their ability to deliver their songs in a more truthful and specific way.

Dossy’s actors have been, and are being, cast in productions at such regional theatres as: Trinity Rep, Merrimack Rep, Gloucester Stage, SpeakEasy, Actors Shakespeare Project, Lyric Stage, New Rep, Boston Playwrights Theatre, American Repertory Co, Huntington Theatre, etc. Her actors are auditioning at CP Casting, Boston Casting and Cristine Wyse Casting, and being cast in films and commercials.

They have been cast in productions at such regional theatres as Trinity Repertory Company, Merrimack Rep. Co., Gloucester Stage Co., Actors Shakespeare Project, SpeakEasy, Lyric Stage, New Rep. Theatre, Boston Playwrights Theatre, A.R.T. and Huntington Theatre among others.

"Whenever I'm asked about acting coaches in the area,
I recommend Dossy Peabody first and foremost. Always.

She's a gifted actor herself. She's been in two of my plays, so I know firsthand. She's so good that the Boston Theatre Critics opted to recognize her with their very first Elliot Norton Outstanding Actor Award.

And what she does on stage, she brings to her coaching sessions. I know it when actors have worked with Dossy because they're honest and true in their responses. They're all about the work, not about showing me how talented they are. They're professional. I want to watch actors just like Dossy--who can live out their characters truthfully, who make intelligent and spontaneous choices, and who have a seriousness of purpose. Dossy brings those qualities and more to her coaching. She's very simply the best."

Kate Snodgrass
Artistic Director
Boston Playwrights' Theatre

"Dossy Peabody has many gifts, and her gifts have been of great benefit to me. In my acting studies with her, I have focused on the plays of August Wilson, which has been a homecoming to the land of heart and soul for me. I have been able to embrace what has been the experience of most of my life as a poet and playwright from deep inside the world of the African American working class. The resonance of my work with Dossy has filled every aspect of my life. I have reached deeper places of intimacy with my creative being and sense of self, and I am totally taken with the world of acting. Dossy has helped me understand how “all the world is a stage” and how to perform on that stage from deeper places inside the world of me.”

—Afaa Michael Weaver


“The only real rules in art
are the rules that we discover for ourselves. ”

- Richard Boleslavsky