actor & improviser

abigail byrne

"They say my acting is not
traditional. But what is tradition?
Each actor brings his own traditions."
-sarah bernhardt


Abigail Byrne (she/her) is a New York based actor, improviser, and writer. As a wee lass she was a competitive Scottish Highland Dancer and spent her free time listening to the Michael Crawford albums passed down to her by her mom. Abigail earned her BFA in Acting with a Musical Theatre minor from Michigan State University, where she was named the Outstanding Senior in Theatre.

Abigail is a versatile actor, having worked on a wide variety of projects including: movement-based plays, musicals, devised pieces, short films, and immersive theatre. She is certified by the SAFD in Unarmed and Quarterstaff Combat, and has assisted in fight direction and intimacy coordination. Abigail is also a highly accomplished Scottish Highland Dancer, holding regional and national titles, and accolades from the British Association of Teachers of Dance as well as the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dance.

Abigail greatly enjoys learning about the craft of acting and its history; her recent inspirations are Sarah Bernhardt and Charlotte Cushman. She's fascinated by the women who played breeches roles in American Theatre, particularly in the Victorian and Edwardian periods, and strives to be as boundary-smashing in her own work.

Abigail is most passionate about quirky characters, period pieces, gothic horrors, and women-driven media. In her free time, she enjoys trivia, mysteries, tween dramadies set at ballet schools, and chess.