Richarda Abrams, daughter of the late Dr. Muhal Richard Abrams, musician/composer/visionary/co-founder of the Association For The Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), is a 3X AUDELCO award-winning actress/singer/dramatist/producer of First By Faith: The Life of Mary McLeod Bethune, receiving the 2019 AUDELCO VIV Award for Solo Performance of the Year. First By Faith SOLDOUT the National Black Theatre Festival, and was named the Best of Solo Theatre in the Last 10 Years (United Solo Theatre Festival), winning it’s 2018 Best Educational Show Award, also received an LMCC grant (www.FirstByFaith.com). Richarda recorded Song for All (Black Saint Records) with her father, & performed in Muhal Richard Abrams’ Ensemble. She is a member of Amina Claudine Myers' Generation IV, a gospel group, Myers’ Voice Choir, and has toured worldwide. Theatre: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (Ivoryton Playhouse), Last Days of Judas Iscariot (La Mama, dir., Estelle Parsons), Fear Itself (Crossroads); additional shows at the Public Theater, Cherry Lane, 2nd Stage, Acting Company, Multi-Stages, Theatre 167, 14th Street Y, Yara Arts. Film/TV: The Subject, The Riverside Bench, Oreos With Attitude (Showtime), Sesame Street, One Life To Live, As The World Turns, Cosby, & LIFETIME’s Sherri. Richarda, a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts’ Experimental Theatre Wing, received a BFA with honors in Acting, & received her MA in Educational Theatre from NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, studying drama/theatre in education at University of Leeds, Bretton Hall College, England. Memberships: AEA, SAG-AFTRA, AACM, Actors Studio, Dramatists Guild, NYWIFT, & LPTW. Currently writing Bethune, a full-length play about Mary McLeod Bethune. First By Faith: The Life of Mary McLeod Bethune and Bethune are fiscally sponsored by New York Foundation for the Arts. Bethune’s received a NYSCA grant.
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Theatre is where the stories are told. Someone must tell the stories.
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I am currently writing Bethune (working title), a full-length play about the great African American heroine Mary McLeod Bethune, a world-renowned educator and civil rights activist who founded one of the first historically Black universities in the United States.
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