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:: AN ARTIST'S DUTY, AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED, IS TO REFLECT THE TIMES ::

Nina Simone

 

ACTOR // FiLmmaker

 

WRITER

 

EDUCATOR

Based in Chicago, I perform as an actor on both stage and screen in town and regionally. I have worked with Steppenwolf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, A Red Orchid Theatre, and The Second City in Chicago, as well as Woolly Mammoth and The Studio Theatre in her native Washington, DC. A member of SAG-AFTRA, I also work in film and television, appearing in independent film and in a guest star role on NBC's Chicago Med. I am the writer, producer, and lead actor of the independent film Olympia, which will make it's world premier at the 2018 LA Film Festival. I earned her MFA in acting from The Theatre School at DePaul and is represented by Actors Talent Group.

I am an accomplished writer and poet, with publications in PANK, Crab Fat Magazine, The Fem, Juked, Sundog Lit, and elsewhere, and have been nominated for Pushcart, Best New Poets, and Best of the Net awards.

I am 1/3 of the poetry collective Growing Concerns, with fellow poet and hiphop artist Mykele Deville and musician Jeff Austin. The group released its inaugural album WE HERE: Thank You for Noticing with two sold-out performances at Steppenwolf's 1700 Theatre in 2017, and published its first book FIVE FIFTHS in 2018 through Candor Arts. I perform with the collective and solo throughout Chicago.

I believe in the power of art and performance to not only shape a better world, but to transform the lives of young people. I have taught acting, voice, and poetry to high school age students at Goodman Theatre, as well as poetry workshops with  She Crew, 826CHI, and New Trier High School. I am available to lead acting, voice, and poetry workshops for groups, as well as individual artist coaching.

 

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Selected Poems

what if tomorrow | Juked

the time of your life & renaissance blk | Crab Fat Magazine

relaxer: | PANK

h o l y / w a r | Sundog Lit

poem for my niggas | on Peace, Fam by Mykele Deville

white feminism & what i love about washing my natural hair | The Fem

searchlight :: invocation | Rogue Agent Journal

african, american |Voicemail Poems

 

 

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