Tracey Wigfield

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Tracey Wigfield
Born (1983-06-19) June 19, 1983 (age 35)
Wayne, New Jersey, United States
Alma mater Boston College
Occupation
  • Actress
  • comedian
  • writer
  • producer

Tracey Wigfield (born 1983) is an American comedy writer who won a Primetime Emmy Award in 2013 for her work on 30 Rock. She created, produced and appeared in the NBC sitcom Great News.

Early life[edit]

Raised in Wayne, New Jersey[1], Wigfield attended Catholic schools throughout grade school.[2] As a child, she was involved in both acting and dance.[1]

She graduated in 2001 from the all-girls Immaculate Heart Academy in Washington Township, Bergen County, New Jersey. In high school, she used her parents' video camera to record comedy skits together with a friend.[3]

Wigfield graduated from Boston College, a Catholic university founded by the Jesuits, in 2005, where she majored in theater and English.[1][4]

Career[edit]

After graduating, Wigfield moved back home and took an internship at CNN, then transferred to the page program at Late Show with David Letterman,[1] she was then a production assistant on the short-lived television sitcom Knights of Prosperity.[1]

Wigfield was hired as a writer's assistant on 30 Rock during the show's second season, she moved up to staff writer and then producer.[1] From other writers, she was referred to the Upright Citizens Brigade theatre where she began performing and writing.[1][5]

Wigfield and Tina Fey did much of the writing for the series finale of 30 Rock and the two went on to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for the episode, which aired on January 31, 2013.

After 30 Rock had ended, Jack Burditt brought her to California to write for The Mindy Project, for which she and Mindy Kaling were co-executive producers.[3] She appeared on the show as Dr. Lauren Neustadter. Wigfield created the NBC sitcom Great News, her first pilot, of which Fey is an executive producer,[1] the series follows a producer at a news station whose mother begins an internship at the company.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Wigfield was raised Roman Catholic and today describes herself as a "Sorta Catholic."[2] In a 2017 America magazine piece, she described being Catholic as "not a huge part of my deal... I practice what I call “Chipotle Catholicism”: I go down the line picking and choosing the parts of Catholicism that appeal to me (charity, Pope Frank, spooky stories about saints) in order to create a custom-made spiritual burrito."[2]

Wigfield married comedy writer Adam Countee on May 21, 2016 in Manhattan,[6] they have a daughter named Celine, born December 29, 2017.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "BA #180: Tracey Wigfield". the Box Angeles podcast. May 23, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "A Sorta Catholic's Very Catholic Wedding". America Magazine. 2017-04-20. Retrieved 2017-05-21. 
  3. ^ a b Winters, Debra. "Wayne native Tracey Wigfield scores Emmy for '30 Rock' writing", Wayne Today, September 27, 2013. Accessed October 27, 2013. "Wigfield graduated from Immaculate Heart Academy, an all girls school located in Washington Township, in 2001."
  4. ^ "Soaring Eagles", Boston College, October 1, 2013; accessed October 27, 2013.
  5. ^ Tracey Wigfield profile, ucbtheatre.com; accessed October 27, 2013.
  6. ^ nytimes.com; accessed March 24, 2018

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