Anastacia McCleskey is a renaissance woman from Nashville, Tennessee and has been sharing her gifts with the world since the age of ten. She is currently playing MAY in Atlantic Theatres world premiere of "The Secret Life of Bees". She was most recently seen as the zany/judgemental Nurse Norma in the Broadway hit Waitress and Becky on the tour. She previously starred as Cherry/ Young Swann in Marcus Gardley's "A Wonder in my Soul" and as Deanie Parker in "STAX, a Soul Musical. Both at Baltimore Centre Stage. She also starred on the West End (London) in Close to You, Bacharach Re-Imagined, at the Menier Chocolate Factory in What's it all About, and was nominated for a 2015-2016 Helen Hayes Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Narrator in Murder Ballad.
She's been featured in the Broadway companies of Waitress, Violet, The Book of Mormon, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Hair, Tarzan, the 1st National tour of Hairspray, tons of local and regional theater around the world, and traveled across Asia with The New York Harlem Singers. You can also catch her weekly on the web series “I Take The Zoe” as Rhonda.
Anastacia debuted her one-woman show "I Got Love" at The Laurie Beechman Theater in 2007 to rave reviews. She’s played Radio City Music Hall, The Kennedy Center, Madison Square Garden, Yankee Stadium, MetLife Stadium, The Grand Ole Opry, The Ryman Auditorium, New York City Center, The York Theater, le Poisson Rouge, Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, Highline Ballroom, and performed with Carnegie Hall Community Sings. Anastacia is the choreographer and plays the role of Izora Rhodes in the upcoming Broadway show, Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical, which was nominated for an Off-Broadway Alliance Award in the category of Best New Musical 2014-15. Anastacia was also nominated for an Audelco Award 2015, for her work as choreographer on Mighty Real. Her voice can be heard on several cast albums (Tarzan, Violet, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and Close to You, Bacharach Re-Imagined) and demos including, Lyons and Pakchar #LOVE Live, and the 2002 theme song for the Special Olympics "Heart of a Lion”.
McCleskey has sung with Burt Bacharach and Patti LaBelle and back-up for Phil Collins, Martha Wash, Bette Midler (BBC Documentary), and Mariah Carey. She has also performed on The Today Show, The View, Good Morning America, The Early Show,The One Show, The David Letterman Show, SNL and the 2011 and 2013 TONY Awards.
TV: The Good Fight, 2019
fka TURNING POINT, 2019
Madam Secretary, 2018
Marvels Daredevil on Netflix 2018
Public Morals, 2015
Film: Sex and the City 2
Upcoming: #mytwoblackfriends (a play written and directed by Anastacia McCleskey and Gregory Haney), a reading of Her. (a play written by Anastacia McCleskey)