I am an actor and a playwright. I was born and raised in America’s heartland. I stem from a large, loving, colorful and unapologetically flawed family that seasoned my imagination. From a very young age I listened and observed my aunts and uncles, friends, neighbors, cousins and play cousins express their emotions through passionately laced vernacular not found in the pages of Webster. They were complex souls spewing a mixture of fact, fiction and myth into intricately woven tales; both humorous and tragic. Some stories they shared openly, some were deeply hidden in the rhythm of their walk or the despair in their eyes; yet they thrived. They are my tribe. I see them; the real them; the heart and soul of them. I see the extraordinary in their seemingly ordinary lives. Beautiful people with dignity and pride, who are under-served, disenfranchised and sparsely represented on stage and screen. I want to change that.
I love dramas peppered with humor. I crave authentic storylines that celebrate the vast cultures and subcultures in America. I see their worth and want to ensure that those stories are regarded as American stories; not Black stories or Gay stories or Asian stories but American stories. After all, that is what they are.
We often talk about getting our piece of the American pie but after everyone has taken their slice there are still crumbs left. Many people discard those crumbs because they don’t see the value in them; even though they come from the same pie. I see value in the crumbs; the least of us. I write about them.
My gifts are rooted in theater. I earned my B.F.A. in acting (magna cum laude) from Howard University- College of Fine Arts. I studied Meisner Technique at Playhouse West in Los Angeles and was fortunate to receive private training from the great Trazana Beverley in New York. I have performed professionally Off-Broadway, in Regional theater and in films. Selected theater credits include: FKA Meridian, Isolation Inn (2021 Moving Arts virtual platform), 90011 South Central Speakeasy (2020 Antaeus Zip Code Plays on Spotify and Appletv), Eight Nights (Antaeus Theater), Insurrection: Holding History (Celebration Theater), Private Battle (Watts Village Theater/Cornerstone Theater), Tar Beach Incidentals (Westbeth Theater), Song of Sad Young Men (Producers Club Theater/ National Black Theater Festival), Really Rosie (Edison Theater) and A Raisin In The Sun (Ira Aldridge Theater). Film credits: Riot (Showtime), The Killer Next Door (Sundance), Three Man March and Faux Pas.
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