2016 - Baltimore, MD The actress in me was finally awakened and I realized that not only was I born for the stage, but that the stage was born for me. I was granted the opportunity to make my theater debut as part of the cast in the production of Emancipation Revisted: Lest We Forgot - written by Ramocille Johnson and directed by Dr. Vivian G. Spencer at the Chesapeake Arts Center in Brooklyn Park, MD. Not only was this play timely in celebrating and highlighting the importance of Black History Month but I also had the honor of playing the role of Phillis Wheatley. After celebrating the embodiment of such an important historical figure, I next performed in Stella Adams' Heavy Is The Rain written by Stella Adams and directed by Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch. Turner Auditorium at Johns Hopkins showed off the sophisticated "Carey Street girl" Florence King. The rest...as they say....is history!
Ever since my acting debut, I have been on a one-way ticket to Broadway. See you there!
Fast forward to 2017 Now eight play productions later, in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Phoenix, I am on my way home to New York City! This has been the most rewarding year of my professional life. With God, anything is possible!
For nearly two decades, I have been sharing my words of poetry with the world! I performed my first spoken word poem in 2001 on a small stage at Eden Lounge in Baltimore. This was the debut of Organic Soul Tuesday's. An open mic platform for artists in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. areas hosted by the legendary Olu Butterfly. It was after that performance that I knew I would never stop writing. I'm nothing without my words. I am blessed with a gift that is more than just me. More Than Me, the title of my first collection published in 2013, officially introduced my poetry to the world. Recognizing my gift, I realized that I was born to write. I was compelled to later publish my first children's book, Brooklyn Stew, in 2015 to identify where my story all began! A little girl from Brooklyn with an imagination, a voice and a pen!
1983 - Brooklyn, NY This was the year that I performed on my first theater stage as a ballerina at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. It was there that my fate as a theater performer was sealed. My toe and tap shoes hit the wooden stage, the curtains came up and the lights hit my face. I became alive and performed before my awaiting audience. It was magical! I've never left the stage since. I continue to perform as a dancer, a spoken word poet, and as an actress. Look out for my freshman album of poetry coming to your music stream this year!
Stella Adams' Heavy Is The Rain