Booked: Cleveland Play House and NYTW

I had the incredible opportunity to work with the amazing folks at the Cleveland Play House on a series of monologues that were filmed and will be shown in schools. Hopefully, I'll be able to share some clips from that piece, but it was terrific to be able to rehearse and film the piece in one day and be able to discover the comedy and the truth in the moment. Loved it!


I also spent April working at the New York Theatre Workshop on a new play by 2050 Fellow Francis Weiss Rabkin with music by Leslie Allison. Being in a room with very smart actors and creative team encouraged me to share and collaborate fully. And I discovered that I actually might have an inner writer within me! Or at least an inner script supervisor. :) I am very thankful to Francis and Leslie for letting me play with their creation.

Booked: Law & Order: SVU

After having a strong theater career in DC, I moved to New York and basically started over. During the past few years, I have pounded the pavement, forged new relationships with casting, found an acting family, and even managed to book six network roles. But when my unparalleled manager, Annette E. Alvarez, texted me: "U booked SVU!!!!" - my immediate response was, "OMG, OMG, OMG! I am a real New York actor!!!!!" 

Law & Order is a New York institution and has been a part of so many actors' careers that I admire. Though I know it is pursuing my passion that defines my success, a little validation doesn't hurt. Here's to lucky number 7!

Law & Order: SVU, Motherly Love, airs Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at 9pm ET.

Onwards and Upwards!

Four years in New York! I am celebrating:

  • Finding new shades of self as one of the leads in Kareem Fahmy and Sevan K. Greene's This Time, a NYT Critic's Pick
  • Fun TV work: Law & Order: SVU (NBC) (otherwise known as, Look! I am a real NYC actor!) and Shades of Blue (NBC)
  • Being told I was funny by Joy Behar, who wrote a new Italian-American comedy set in Queens that I read at Cherry Lane Theater and then breaking hearts in two readings of Abraham's Daughters by Emma Goldman-Sherman
  • Getting back to my musical roots in the 29h concert reading of Ocean in a Teacup, set in India
  • Strengthening my voice with Mike Maixner at Matt Farnsworth Voice and doing the one thing I adore: SINGING!
  • My tribe at AGR and studying with the gorgeous & generous Sarah Baskin
  • My wonderful team: Annette E. Alvarez of Multi-Ethnic Talent and Eddie Rabon of Take 3 Talent

Looking forward to a year hoping that we can all share in the creation of work that heals divides and gives us hope for the future.

Booked: Concert Reading of "Ocean in a Teacup"

Jay Paranada, John Krause, Salma Shaw, and Max Meyers.

Jay Paranada, John Krause, Salma Shaw, and Max Meyers.


After coming off a wonderful run of NYT Critic’s Pick This Time, I am delighted to be performing (and singing the title song) in a very special concert reading of Ocean in a Teacup by Joel Krantz, directed by Cate Cammarata and music direction by Xander Rovang. It is part of the Planet Connections Festival, and admission is free! You can make reservations at

What: Ocean in a Teacup (Part of the Planet Connections Festival)
Where: The Paradise Factory, 64 E 4th Street
When: June 29 at 2pm

Cost: FREE!

"This Time" is a New York Times Critic's Pick!

"This Time" is a New York Times Critic's Pick!

We are getting rave reviews from audiences and critics! Check out some of what they are saying below!

"“This Time” is a skillfully constructed, beautifully acted play about one woman’s quest for liberation at a time and in a place where that struggle could not have been easy.” – NY Times, Critic's Pick

"Played by a confident Salma Shaw...[h]er daughter, Janine, seems to have inherited her spunk, and commands the stage while managing her affairs with a cigarette confidently hanging from her lips.” – Theatre is Easy

"There is no doubt Rising Circle Theater Collective is a company to watch. “This Time,” is an impressive feat. Cheers to the company for an engaging piece of theater that tells a story about memory and what we choose to hold onto.” – Front Row Center

"Salma Shaw’s Janine is an involving blend of resolve, frustration, and longing..." – Culture Catch

Booked: This Time

Booked: This Time

Working on new plays is so interesting, because it is uncharted territory. But before I discuss my thoughts about this piece, I wanted to announce that I am thrilled to be part of the world premiere cast of This Time by Sevan K. Greene, directed by Kareem Fahmy! Runs May 7 to May 21 at The Sheen Center.

Booked: Blue Bloods

Blue Bloods has aired! Here is a link to the episode on CBS:

Salma Shaw on "Blue Bloods"

I just saw this on my alert, and I am thrilled to say that I'll be on my favorite TV show, Blue Bloods, on January 22 on CBS at 10pm ET! Tune in, or DVR it, and enjoy!

""Stomping Grounds" — When a well-regarded, newly retired NYPD lieutenant is accused of shooting a group of potential muggers on the subway and then disappears, Frank must deal with the fallout. Also, when a drug dealer returns to Baez's old neighborhood, she and Danny must figure out how to arrest him for a murder that Baez witnessed as a child, on BLUE BLOODS, Friday, Jan. 22 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. 

Blue Bloods stars Tom Selleck (Frank Reagan), Donnie Wahlberg (Danny Reagan), Bridget Moynahan (Erin Reagan), Will Estes (Jamie Reagan), Len Cariou (Henry Reagan), Marisa Ramirez (Det. Maria Baez), Amy Carlson (Linda Reagan), Sami Gayle (Nicky Reagan-Boyle), and Vanessa Ray (Officer Eddie Janko).

The recurring guest cast appearing in “Stomping Grounds” includes Tony Terraciano (Jack Reagan), Andrew Terraciano (Sean Reagan), Abigail Hawk (Abigail Baker), Gregory Jbara (DCPI Garrett Moore), and Robert Clohessy (Lt. Gormley).

The guest cast list for the January 22 Blue Bloods also includes Michael O’Keefe (Lt. Tim Harrison), Tam Mutu (Sgt. Ray Langley), Louie Ski Carr (Octavio Nunez), Stephen Hill (Det. Ted Foster), Saundra Santiago (Carmen Baez), Liza Colón-Zayas (Ana Baez), Kris Eivers (Gunman), Vicki Eugenis (Mary), Salma Shaw (Female Cashier), Jose Leon (Officer Vargas), Shelley Juel Scott (Brenda Cropper), Nancy Wetzel (Jenny), Brenda Perez (Terri), Mauricio Ovalle (Neighborhood Resident #1), Jenny L. Saldana (Neighborhood Resident #2), Adam Lindo (Jose Nunez), Sammy Peralta (Juan Nunez), and Adam S. Phillips (Antonio Nunez)."

Celebrating 2015 and Looking Forward

Photo Credit: David Noles

Photo Credit: David Noles

Three years in New York and much to celebrate! I am celebrating:

  • Booking and shooting three TV shows: American Odyssey (NBC), Blue Bloods (CBS), and a new HBO show with a fabulous and generous star (I can't quite divulge this one yet!)
  • People you Know premiering in Primetime after being picked up by Here! TV and seeing my name On Demand (truly exciting!)
  • Performing in a one-night-only play for the talented writer/director Mumtaz Hussain
  • Performing in the PEN World Voices Festival for the second consecutive year
  • Shooting a cute, comedic short for a fantastic MFA candidate at Columbia, Apoorva Charan
  • Dipping my toe into the VO world
  • Finding my tribe at AGR and studying with the gorgeous Sarah Baskin
  • Loving to just sing again - thank you, Jen DeRosa from Tom Burke Voice Studio!
  • My wonderful team: Annette E. Alvarez of Multi-Ethnic Talent, who continues to be my champion, and Eddie Rabon of Take 3 Talent, who has welcomed me into the family!

Looking forward to a great 2016!

Salma Shaw Signs with Take 3 Talent Agency

I am thrilled to announce that I am now working with Take 3 Talent Agency in their Legit department. The folks over at Take 3 are just so lovely, and I couldn't be happier that I am now a part of their family. I am definitely ready to ring in the new year! Through them, I got my last two bookings! Fingers crossed for many more to come.