Vernée Watson

Acting Instructor

Vernée Watson has worked as a professional actress for over 45 years in theatre, TV, film, commercials and voice-overs. She began her acting career on stage with a Harlem based theatre group doing off-Broadway shows and when she moved to the West coast she appeared in several plays including Sistuh, Sistuh and One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest as Nurse Hatchet. TV appearances began with Welcome Back Kotter and goes on to include Sister Sister, NYPD, NCIS, The District, ER, The West Wing, Without a Trace, The Mentalist, Criminal Minds, Southland, The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, Cold Case, House MD, Ironside, A.N.T. Farm and as Will’s Mom on The Fresh Prince, to name a few. She has appeared in such films as The Kid, Boy In The Plastic Bubble, Norman Is That You? Showdown in Little Tokyo, No Turning Back, Christmas with the Kranks, and as Aunt Annette in Denzel Washington’s directorial debut film, Antwone Fisher. She is the recipient of an Emmy Award and a Clio Award.

For more than 25 years, Vernée has been working as an acting coach for young talent, writing and directing plays and presenting seminars & workshops.