I am a New York based writer that loves to tell stories about the strength of the human spirit. I live with humans fighting everyday for their civil rights, the future of their children, and too often their survival. When I write, I want to tell our stories in a way that gives us hope, and builds our resilience. I want to remind my audience that we are always stronger than we think, and that bravery comes in many forms.
I have an MFA in Acting from Binghamton University and studied Music at Converse College as an undergraduate. I am a proud member of The Honor Roll, The League of Professional Theatre Women, SDC, AEA, SAG-AFTRA, NYSUT, New Circle Theatre Company, and the Bechdel Group. In my spare time I like to people watch, hang with my friends, drink red wine, and laugh as much as possible. Life is short - choose to love.
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MORE ABOUT ME
The Alliance Theater's 1990 production of FENCES by August Wilson changed my life. It was the summer after my first year of Grad school. I was pretty burnt out and doubting my place in the theater. I went to Atlanta to visit friends and family. I knew the great Carol Mitchell Leon and John Henry Redwood were doing FENCES, so I went to see them work. I had read the play but thought "what's all the fuss about a man that cheats on his wife and asks her raise his girlfriend's baby". That night I was transfixed. The layers of sorrow, regret, and disappointment expressed by John Henry's Troy devastated my heart. The deep mournful longing and insightful wisdom of Carol Mitchell Leon's Rose haunted me. By the third act, I was living the family's loss with them - transported to that porch, never to be the same. I went back to school praying that I would one day be able to give an audience the gift that I received that night. I finished my MFA in Acting, then became the first black company ingenue at the Jean Cocteau Repertory Theatre, and funny thing, my first AEA Regional role was Rose in FENCES.
WHAT I'M WORKING ON
I am currently developing and directing a film entitled, LESS THAN OR EQUAL TO. It's a story that centers around the injustice of housing discrimination in America. And I am writing a play about my maternal grandparents.
Black, Female, Classical, People of Color, Musicals, Drama, Social Change, Family tragedy, Mystery, Justice