About Helen Cespedes
Helen is excited to join The Civilians this spring as Flora Swan in their immersive production of Paul Swan is Dead and Gone. She recently appeared as May Welland in the world-premiere adaptation of Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence by Doug McGrath, directed by Doug Hughes and starring Boyd Gaines.
Helen made her Broadway debut in The Cripple of Inishmaan and has appeared Off-Broadway in productions including The School for Scandal opposite Mark-Linn Baker and Dana Ivey with Red Bull Theater and A Picture of Autumn at the Mint. Helen is a champion of new plays, having starred in world premieres by Beth Henley and Jose Rivera (among others) at the Goodman, Two River, Studio Theatre in DC, and New York Stage and Film. She has also developed new work with New York Theatre Workshop, The Lark, New Dramatists, Primary Stages, Ma-Yi Theater Co., and New Georges.
Other favorite credits include Rosa in The Rose Tattoo in a staged reading directed by Doug Hughes and opposite Patti LuPone and Bobby Cannavale; Cecily in the Importance of Being Earnest at The Old Globe directed by Maria Aitken and the same role at Williamstown directed by David Hyde Pierce opposite Tyne Daly; and Kitty in Taking Steps directed by Sam Buntrock at Barrington Stage.
Her film and tv credits include The Way I Remember It starring Christine Ebersole and Stephen Soderbergh’s The Knick (Cinemax).
Helen graduated from Juilliard where she was awarded the John Houseman Prize.