Lindsay Michelle Mendez (born March 1, 1983) is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her work on Broadway in Wicked as the 10th Anniversary Elphaba, Godspell, Grease as Jan, and Everyday Rapture. For her role as Rose Fenny in Off-Broadway's Dogfight, she was nominated for the 2013 Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance, the 2013 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, and the 2013 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical. She has just returned to New York after previewing the show "A Little More Alive", written by Nick Blaemire, in Kansas City, where she played the role of Lizzie. Her other theater credits include The Marvelous Wonderettes, 35MM, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, and Princesses.
Mendez frequently collaborates with fellow Broadway actor Derek Klena, with whom she shares a strong friendship. The pair, popularly known as "Klendez", have appeared alongside each other in Dogfight as Eddie Birdlace and Rose Fenny, Wicked as Elphaba and Fiyero, and frequently perform together at the Broadway supper club 54 Below.
While performing at Wicked, Mendez filmed a popular series of video blogs for Broadway.com entitled "Fly Girl: Backstage at Wicked with Lindsay Mendez", giving an inside look at the smash musical involving interviews with current cast members, glimpses of costumes, sets, props, and how Mendez herself was transformed into the musical's protagonist, Elphaba, the green-skinned girl who becomes the Wicked Witch of the West.
Mendez is also a jazz and blues singer, performing at local dining areas and concerts. She and her collaborator, pianist Marco Paguia, released a jazz album entitled "This Time" in 2013.
Lindsay, along with composer Ryan Scott Oliver, founded and currently runs Actor Therapy: a five-week training experience for young actors in NYC.
She also played Naomi Rodriguez in 21 Chump Street, and Laura, in the play Significant Other.21 Chump Street - The Musical - EP (2014)
Dogfight - Original Cast Recording (2013)
Kerrigan-Lowdermilk Live (2013)
This Time, with Marco Paguia (2013)
35MM: A Musical Exhibition - Original Cast Recording (2012)
Godspell - The New Broadway Cast Recording (2011)
Everyday Rapture - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2010)
New York City Christmas, ASTEP Benefit album (2009)
Grease Revival - New Broadway Cast Recording (2008)