Jon Agee'd always dreamed of becoming an actress.

I've loved performing since I was a little girl, when I was regularly chosen to give the biggest, most dramatic speech in the Christmas and Easter pageants at church.

Years later, after graduating from the Yale School of Drama I went back home to New York City where the legendary Joe Papp cast me in my first role as a professional actress. I went on to do several shows at The New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater as well as shows at other theaters Off-Broadway and around the country.

I find myself telling lots of people's stories, from Shakespeare to contemporary playwrights my own age. I've worked with famous writers that are household names as well as unknowns. Some stories are very moving and compelling, others not so much.

It was while sitting onstage at the Public Theater during a break from a long technical rehearsal, writing about my character--creating her back-story, that I realized I had been helping breathe life into other people's words while I had my own stories I wanted to tell. Right then I turned to a fellow actor and confided that I was going to start to write about my childhood, growing up living in a public library. That was 20 years ago. The writing took a back seat while I appeared in more productions Off-Broadway, in regional theater, in film and television, and finally on Broadway. I received a 2013 Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play. I'm living my dream of being an actress and along the way have had the opportunity to work with and learn from master storytellers.

A few years ago my husband got so tired of hearing me talk about writing--he's a film director/producer and believes in getting things done--that he said if I didn't do something about it he didn't want to hear it anymore. So I did. I took a writing class. It was a memoir class. We would get a prompt and write for 15 minutes. Don't think; just write. That was all I needed. The process was so familiar because it was what I'd been doing for years, except this time I was writing my own back-story. I was hooked. I've been writing ever since, all those stories held inside of me all those years spilling out onto the page.

How lucky am I to be able to fulfill another dream?

And you just might see me perform my story on stage someday, too...

Sharon Washington is represented by Holly McGhee.
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