Raised in Washington, DC by a civil rights attorney and a griot, a strong sense of justice and the ability to express yourself were required in my house. A constant diet of fascinating people, art and stories made it easy to be a part of the conversation. Now as an adult, I’ve found the arts to be the most profound way I can be a part of the larger conversation.
Being intrigued by the ways in which people live (love, survive, heal, etc.) has driven me to travel extensively and explore the living habits of all kinds of people. My life in the arts has always been about work that I feel in some way helps to validate and enrich the experience of myself and/or others. It’s about helping people understand one another better. It’s about helping people cope with the pain and absurdity of being human. It’s about helping people get through their day.
As a teen, I attended the Duke Ellington high school for the Arts and spent a summer studying Commedia del Arte in Avignon and subsequently doing street theatre in France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, and Portugal. After high school I attended Fordham University’s Theatre Department where I was featured in several productions a year, including Fasutus (as Mephistophilis), The Bacchae (as Agave), and Man Equals Man (as Widow Begbick). I also spent a semester in Costa Rica working on my Spanish and learning to surf and another in London studying Shakespeare.
After graduating with a BA in theatre and a minor in sociology (I felt the two things went hand in hand), I did several shows in Manhattan before meeting Young Jean Lee. I then spent the better part of the next few years experimenting with her to make and tour new work (The Shipment, Lear) both domestically and internationally. I’ve since continued in that fashion– spending much of my time working with different actors, writers and directors to develop new plays and theatrical pieces.
Lately I’ve been busy developing and premiering new plays, shooting (short films and a little television), and auditioning for commercials, plays, movies and television.