PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

A community-driven artist committed to the uplift of stories that center marginalized voices especially inside the Black community. Track record of delivering high-quality productions and events with small budgets, community artists and students. My values are deeply rooted in making theatre a safe; culturally and economically inclusive; accessible space for all.  I am powered by my definiteness in the transformative power of live art and its ability to connect us to our greatest capacity for compassion. My greatest strengths are my aptitude for listening and story-telling, empathy for people, dedication to a better world and proclivity to serve.

 

DIRECTING EXPERIENCE

  • Citrus by Celeste Jennings at Northern Stage, VT (2020) *World Premiere*

  • Don’t forget Yeye by Nsangou Njikam at Harlem9|National Black Theatre Fest '19

  • Twelfth Night [Reading] translated by Alison Carey at Play On! Festival Classic Stage, NY

  • WHITE by James Ijames for Bulldog Ensemble Theatre, NC

  • Citrus: Workshop by Celeste Jennings at Northern Stage, VT

  • Black Nativity by Langston Hughes for The Justice Theatre Project, NC

  • Twelfth Night by Shakespeare at Shakespeare In Detroit, MI

  • A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen for The Justice Theatre Project, NC

  • Just a Bus Driver by Susan Middaugh for 10 by10 Short Play Festival, NC

  • After Orlando by Various at Playmakers Repertory Co., NC

  • The Typographer’s Dream by Adam Bock for Black Ops Theatre Company

  • The Shipment by Young Jean Lee for Black Ops Theatre Co.

  • Florence by Alice Childress for Black Ops Theatre Co.

 

ACADEMIC/UNIVERSITY

  • Fuddy Meers by David Lindsey-Abaire        Duke 

  • Citrus by Celeste Jennings                          Dartmouth

  • Twelfth Night                                                 North Carolina Central University (March 2020)

  • The Wolves by Sarah Delappe                      Dartmouth (May 2020)

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

  • Dreaming by Howard Craft/Torry Bend Duke Performances-Nov.2020

 

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

  • Merry Wives of Windsor |Oregon Shakespeare Fest |  (Dir. by) Dawn M. Williams

  • Brownsville Song | Manbites Dog Theatre | (Dir. by) Jeff Storer

  • Detroit ‘67 |  Playmakers Repertory |  (Dir. by) Lisa Rothe

  • Leaving Eden | Playmakers Repertory |  (Dir. by) Vivienne Benesch

ADDITIONAL

  • Black Ops Theatre Co. - Founder | Artistic Director, 2015 - Durham, North Carolina 

  • Bull City Black Theatre Fest - Founder | Lead Curator 2018 - Durham, North Carolina  

  • 2018 Durham Arts Council Emerging Artists Grant | Drama Panelist 

  • 2019 National Endowment for the Arts |  Theater Panelist 

  • 2019 North Carolina Arts Council | Theater Panelist 

  • The Lark Play Development Center Apprenticeship selection committee 

  • 2018 Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance | Contributor 

  • Black Theatre Commons | Advisory Committee

  • Katori Hall, The Mountaintop on Broadway and Hurt Village at Signature Theatre | Executive Assistant 2011-2013

 

AWARDS
2018 NC Indy Arts Award Winner 
2019 Governor Roy Cooper African American Arts and Culture Award
2019 Manbites Dog Theatre Fund Grant | Recipient

2019-2020 Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist Grant | Recipient

2019 Best Director, WHITE by James Ijames | Chatham Life and Style
2019 Outstanding Direction, WHITE by James Ijames | RDU on Stage

 

EDUCATION
North Carolina Central University, Theatre Management 2011
Lark Play Development Center, NY - Artistic Apprentice Spring-Fall 2011
Cape May Stage, NJ - Management Apprentice 2014
Oregon Shakespeare Festival FAIR Program, 2017

PRESENTER/PANELIST
EQUITY AND DIVERSITY: CASTING FOR YOUR STAGE, STAFF, PRODUCTION TEAMS AND BOARD - NORTH CAROLINA THEATRE CONFERENCE 2019 (NCTC)


DECONSTRUCTING AMERICAN THEATER’S GREAT WHITE WAY - DUKE PERFORMANCES W/ JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN CENTER


BUILDING COALITIONS OF COLOR - THEATRE COMMUNICATIONS GROUP


LORRAINE HANSBERRY; BEYOND A RAISIN IN THE SUN - TRIANGLE BLACK THEATRE ARTISTS MIXER


SPECIALISMS
New play development | Black Theatre History and Performance | Modern Verse Shakespeare| Community Engagement | Creating Art with communities | Anti-Racist Theatre 

REFERENCES
Torry Bend, Chair, Dept of Theatre Studies, Duke | Scenic Designer | Puppeteer 
Jonathan McCrory, Artistic Director, National Black Theatre 
John C. Eisner, Artistic Director, The Lark 

Jess Chayes, Associate Artistic Director, Northern Stage

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