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About Shawna

Shawna Hamic is a multi­faceted artist with a body of work which spans over 2 decades. As a performer, Shawna has been seen on TV most notably as C.O. Ginger on the groundbreaking Netflix original show Orange is the New Black. Recent 2021 appearances include portraying 'Pat Ast' in Ryan Murphy's HALSTON on Netflix and 'Homegrll Tammy' on That Damn Michael Che on HBOMax. 2021 will also bring the release of Shawna's first major motion picture role in the feature film Bruised starring and directed by Halle Berry. She has also been seen on such shows as New Amsterdam on NBC, Bull on CBS, Watch What Happens Live on Bravo, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon & Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,­ also on NBC. 


On Broadway, she played Mrs Dees in the musical The Last Ship, written by rock icon Sting. Sting even wrote a song to open the second act (titled Mrs Dees Rant) just for Shawna. She’s toured the country as Madame Thenardier in the 25th Anniversary production of Les Miserables and as Trish in Kinky Boots. Once crowned the winner of the New York Musical Theater Festival’s Next Broadway Sensation,­ Shawna won a solo cabaret show produced at the famed Joe’s Pub in NYC. Shawna's next appearance on Broadway will be as 'Richard Henry Lee' in the upcoming gender inclusive revival of 1776 at the American Airlines Theater in Spring of 2022.


As a photographer, Shawna has been published in Time, Rolling Stone, Elle, Dance, & Arrive magazines. As an visual artist Shawna creates works called Altered Books, recycling hardback books into original works of art. To check out Shawna’s photography and Altered Books please visit her creative website at


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Shawna Hamic has joined the award winning cast of Netflix's original show Orange is the New Black! Catch her on Season 6 streaming now!

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Quiara Alegría Hudes and Erin McKeown’s new musical Miss You Like Hell has had its New York premiere at the Public Theater, and Shawna Hamic is part of this ...

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The announcement is official! Shawna Hamic will be joining the cast in its second year of the National Tour of Kinky Boots, the smash-hit musical that brings...

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