School of Theatre and Dance
Beth Grant

Beth Grant

Professional Acting
Class of 1973

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To view Beth returning to the home from the feature film, Rain Main, where the infamous "Judge Wopner" scene was filmed, click here.  Also, click here to see the extensive list of projects our distinguish alumna is working on.

A list of "chameleon" actors, including our own Beth Grant, that will make your appreciate the craft.

Congratulations to alumna Beth Grant and the entire cast of James Franco's, As I Lay Dying, for their Best Performance by an Ensemble Cast award at the 20th annual Chlotrudis Award ceremony.
(As I Lay Dying)

Read about SoTD aluma Beth Grant's latest project by clicking on the link below.
(Bad Words)

Click on the link below regarding SoTD alumna Beth Grant and The Mindy Project, in which she is a contract leading character.
(The Mindy Project)

Click the link below to read important character acting advice from theatre alumna, Beth Grant.
(Key advice)


Recently, Beth sent along some wonderful news,

"I'm so happy and proud to let you know that our film, William Faulkner's AS I LAY DYING - adapted, directed and starring courageous James Franco --  wonderfully received in Cannes and New York -- comes home tomorrow, Friday, October 18 to Sundance Cinemas in West Hollywood! 

Hope you can see the film, also if I may ask for your help, anything you can do to spread the word is greatly appreciated.  We are grateful for all the love and support!

So proud of my cast mates Ahna O'Reilly, Jim Parrack, Logan Marshall-Green, Tim Blake Nelson, Danny McBride and James Franco, this was truly a labor of love."

A couple of reviews:

NY Times

The Hollywood Reporter

Read the NY Times review of James Franco's latest motion picture, As I Lay Dying, starring SoTD Alumna, Beth Grant.
(As I Lay Dying)

Click on the link below to read exciting character acting advice from theatre alumna, Beth Grant.
(Key advice)

Click below to read the latest interview with SoTD alumna, Beth Grant.  In it she discusses her roots and her long, illustrious career.
(Beth Grant)

Click below to view an video of The Mindy Project, season 2 cast featuring SoTD alumna, Beth Grant.
(The Mindy Project)

Click below to read the latest interview with SoTD alumna, Beth Grant.  In it she discusses her roots and her long, illustrious career.
(Beth Grant)

Congratulations to SoTD alumna, Beth Grant, for her starring role along side of Octavia Spencer in the Del Shores directed film, Blues for Willa Dean; joining the cast of James Franco's, As I Lay Dying; and her latest venture as series regular in the Fox series, The Mindy Project.


Keep it up, Beth!!   Great work!!
Beth Grant recently directed Oscar winner Octavia Spencer in "The Perfect Fit", a short which won the Short Film Audience Award at the 2012 SoHo International Film Festival.  Keep it up, Beth!! 

Click here to see the trailer.  Click here the view the film.

Raised in the South, Beth Grant moved frequently as a child and enjoys claiming several towns and cities in Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina as home. She was a Page in the North Carolina Senate, attended the North Carolina Governor's School for Gifted and Talented students, and received a governor's appointment at the age of nineteen.

Grant was president of the East Carolina University College Democrats for two years, receiving the Outstanding College Democrat Award from then Senator Edmund Muskie. She is a graduate of ECU with a BFA in Acting and Directing.

One of Hollywood's most recognizable faces, she has starred in over seventy feature films including this year's Best Picture Academy Award nominated Little Miss Sunshine (2006). She delighted in creating the character you love to hate, Pageant Official Jenkins, making Grant the happy recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble Cast In A Feature Film.

She has starred in over seventy feature films including two Best Picture Academy Award winners, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, and RAIN MAN. She received the Screen Actors Guild Ensemble Award for LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE and NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN.

Grant received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, the L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award, and The Backstage West Garland Award for Lead Actress in Del Shores' "The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife," now a feature film due out in 2012. She recently won her third L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Lead Actress in a play for 2010's "Grace and Glorie" by John Zeigler at The Colony Theatre.

Other theatre credits include world premieres of "On a Southern Journey" by Maya Angelou; "Holy Ghosts" by Romulus Linney; "The Day Emily Married" by Horton Foote; and "Cornelia" by Mark V. Olsen at The Old Globe in San Diego. Grant also enjoyed two stints at The Ahmanson in "Picnic" and "Summer And Smoke," directed by Marshall Mason.


Favorite television roles include "Pushing Daisies," "The Office," "Jericho," "Six Feet Under," "My Name is Earl," "Malcolm in the Middle," "King of the Hill," "Coach," "Wonderfalls," "Friends," "The X Files," "Angel," "Medium," "Criminal Minds," "CSI," "Delta," "Coach" and "Yes, Dear."

Grant has written a play with Judy Nagy, "The New York Way," with music by Rupert Holmes, about her coming of age in New York City in the 1970's, set for production in New York next year. It stars her daughter, Mary Chieffo, who is a freshman at The Juilliard School, Drama Division. Grant has been happily married to fellow actor Michael Chieffo for twenty-five years.