Growing up in Jamaica, NY, Faye Yvette McQueen was painfully thin, shy, and prone to fall up and down the stairs. When the YMCA offered dance lessons, her parents swiftly signed her up. By age 12, McQueen had founded a studio where she taught dance to neighborhood children.
While in high school, McQueen studied dance at The Ailey School and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. At Goucher College, she majored in dance education and minored in Spanish. From 1984-86, she attended Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts while also dancing as a company principal with the Dallas Black Dance Theatre. She also has performed with the Liberation Ensemble and the Inspiration Dance Ensemble, both of Queens, NY; Several Dancers Core of Atlanta; and ProDanza Italia/USA of Tuscany, Italy.
In 1988, she founded The Dancer’s Warehouse, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Atlanta and dedicated to teaching dance to underprivileged youths. While still in living Dallas, she was spotted by a talent scout, which led to commercial TV spots and, over time, a new career.
In 2009, she moved back home to New York to pursue acting full time and has appeared in the TV hits, Luke Cage, The Sinner, Orange Is the New Black, Law & Order, Limitless, and Veep, as well as the movie, The Bourne Legacy, In an LA Minute, After Everything and The First Purge.
McQueen's current projects include HBO TV Series, "The Watchmen", starring Regina King. A feature film entitled, "Silent Retreat", starring Lorraine Toussaint, Isabella Rossellini and Dennis Haysbet and an independent film entitled, "Silent Bark".