Daniel Beaty is an award-winning actor, singer, writer, and composer. Last season he had an extended off-Broadway run of his acclaimed solo play THROUGH THE NIGHT produced by Daryl Roth. For this production Daniel received 2011 Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations. For THROUGH THE NIGHT, Daniel also received the 2010 AUDELCO Award for Outstanding Solo Performance and the 2010 Ovation Award for Best Male Lead Actor. His critically acclaimed solo play Emergence-See! ran off-Broadway to a sold-out, extended run at The Public Theater in the fall of 2006. For this production, he received the 2007 Obie Award for Excellence in Off-Broadway Theater for Writing & Performing and the 2007 AUDELCO Award for Solo Performance. He is the recipient of the 2007 Scotsman Fringe First Award for the best new writer at the Edinburgh Festival and was presented with a Lamplighter Award from the Black Leadership Forum in Washington D.C. In the spring of 2008,Emergence-See!, now re-titled Emergency had a sold-out seven-week engagement at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles and was awarded two 2009 NAACP Theater Awards including Best Actor. Daniel has worked throughout the U.S., Europe, and Africa performing on programs with artists such as Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Jill Scott, Sonia Sanchez, MC Lyte, Mos Def, Tracy Chapman, Deepak Chopra, and Phylicia Rashad. He holds a BA with Honors in English & Music from Yale University and an MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theatre. His ensemble playResurrection received its world premiere production at Arena Stage in Washington D.C. in August 2008 (where he was awarded the 2008 Edgerton Foundation’s new American Play Award); followed by engagements at Hartford Stage, the Philadelphia Theatre Company, and ETA Theater in Chicago. His new solo play Mt. Joy appeared at the Riverside Theatre in May 2012. In the upcoming season, his ensemble musical Breath & Imagination – The Story of Roland Hayes will premiere as a co-production with Hartford Stage and Pittsburgh City Theater. He also has a new solo play on the life of Paul Robeson – The Tallest Tree in the Forest – directed by Moises Kaufman and slated to premiere next season. He is a proud member of New Dramatists and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University. Both Emergency &Through the Night have are published by Samuel French and available online. His first children’s book based on his poem Knock Knock is slated to be released by Little Brown Books in 2013. Daniel has also written a Spoken World Ballet Far But Close that will premiere in the 2012/13 season for Dance Theater of Harlem. Follow Daniel at www.DanielBeaty.com and on Twitter at Twitter.com/DanielBBeaty.
2011 Peter Ziesler Memorial Award
2010 NAACP Theater Award – Best Solo Show
2010 AUDELCO Award – Solo Performance
2010 OVATION Award – Best Lead Male Actor in a Drama
2009 NAACP Theater Award – Best Actor
2008 Lamplighter Award from the Black Leadership Forum in Washington D.C
2008 Edgerton Foundation’s New American Play Award
2007 Obie Award for Writing & Performance
2007 Audelco Award for Solo Performance
New York Magazine awarded him a 2007 Culture Award for Best in Theater
2007 Scotsman Fringe First Award for the best new writer at the Edinburgh Festival
Devine appeared in the 1978 flop A Broadway Musical, which closed after one performance. She captured attention in Dreamgirls, a Broadway musical loosely based on the history of The Supremes, in which she originated the role of Lorrell Robinson (a fictional character based on Mary Wilson). Minor roles for Devine followed in films such as Little Nikita and Stanley & Iris. She has a cameo performance in the film version of Dreamgirls. She was a repertory character in the play The Colored Museum with Vickilyn Reynolds. Devine and Reynolds both went on to play sisters in the short-lived TV series Sugar and Spice. During the period between the play and the series, Devine appeared in the first season of the TV series A Different World as Stevie Rallen, dormitory director at fictional Hillman College.
In 1995, she landed a major role as Gloria Matthews in Waiting to Exhale, opposite Whitney Houston, Gregory Hines, and Angela Bassett. The role earned her an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, as did her next movie, The Preacher’s Wife, her second movie with Houston and Hines. She later co-starred opposite Alfre Woodard in Down in the Delta (1998) andFunny Valentines (1999).
From 2000 to 2004, Devine starred as high school teacher Marla Hendricks on the Fox drama series Boston Public. Devine won three more Image Awards for her work in the series. She also continued to work in film, playing prominent roles in Urban Legend, Urban Legends: Final Cut, and I Am Sam. Devine earned yet another Image Award nomination and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her work in the 2004 film Woman Thou Art Loosed. She also appeared in the 2005 film Crash. In 2007, she appeared in This Christmas, and in the next year had a series regular role on the ABC comedy-drama Eli Stone. Devine also was part of the ensemble casts of twoTyler Perry-directed films For Colored Girls and Madea’s Big Happy Family.
Devine had a recurring role in the Shonda Rhimes drama series Grey’s Anatomy as Dr. Richard Webber’s wife, Adele. In 2011 she won aPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her performance. She was nominated for a second time for her performance in 2012. Devine also won Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Feature Role for Grey’s Anatomy in 2012. In 2011, she also starred on the short-lived ABC Family comedy State of Georgia. In 2012, she played Hallie, a nurse, onPlayhouse Disney’s Doc McStuffins. Later that year she began starring in the Lifetime series The Client List, playing the role of Georgia Cummings, the owner of the massage parlor where the lead character Riley Parks works. The series was cancelled after two seasons.
Born “Omari Latif Hardwick,” he grew up in Decatur, Georgia. Hardwick’s parents gave him a name to set a precedent, “Omari” meaning “most high,” and “Latif” meaning “gentle.” He shares, “I in no way believe that I am the highest or most high, but I feel like my name gives me something to strive for.” Growing up, sports were Hardwick’s world, but early on he knew he had a passion for the arts. By the age of 14, Hardwick was writing poetry on a regular basis, a passion he would carry with him into adulthood. In high school, he excelled at basketball, baseball, and football, and went on to play football at the University of Georgia. Although a star on the field, Hardwick never gave up his passion for acting, and minored in theatre in college. He shares, “I hugely attribute sports to my success in entertainment business. Being on the field taught me dedication and discipline – I already came from a strict household when I was growing up, sports just took that to another level. Whenever I approach a set, I always feel as though the cast, crew, director, are all part of a team. I have always married athletics and art, two huge parts of my life.”
Leyva was born in Baracoa, Cuba and raised in the Bronx, New York City. She is of Cuban and Dominican descent and has appeared in a number of Off-Broadway productions. On television, Leyva had a recurring role of Detective Mariluz Rivera in Law & Order, and also appeared in different roles on the show and on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She has guest-starred on Third Watch, The Sopranos, The Good Wife, Girls, and Elementary.
In 2013, Leyva began starring as Gloria Mendoza, a Latina leader in the jail, in the Netflixcomedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black. Her character was recurring for the first two seasons and she was promoted to series regular in Season 3. In 2015, she co-starred opposite Viola Davis and Catalina Sandino Moreno in the courtroom drama film Custody directed and written by James Lapine.
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Jamal Joseph is a full Professor of Professional Practice and former chair of Columbia University’s Graduate Film Program. He is the Executive Artistic Director of New Heritage Theater and Films and the Founder of the acclaimed Impact Repertory Youth Theater of Harlem. He is an alum of the Sundance Directing Lab and the Third World Newsreel Film and Video Workshop. He serves on the advisory boards of the Tribeca Film Institute, Imagenation, the Ghetto Film School and the Maysles Film Institute.
Jamal credits his time spent in the Black Panther Party and Leavenworth Federal Prison as the fire the forged his creative sword. While in prison he earned two college degrees, wrote five plays, two volumes of poetry and founded a ground breaking theater company that brought prisoners together who previously been divided by race, culture and violence. .
His directing credits include “Drive By: A Love Story” and “Da Zone” for Black Starz , “Hip Hop In the Promised Land” for Comedy Central and “Hughes Dream Harlem” for PBS. His writing credits include “Knights of The South Bronx” for A & E, “The Many Trials of Tammy B” for Nickelodeon, and “Ali: An American Hero” for FOX. Jamal is the author of “Tupac Legacy” (Atria Books) and “Panther Baby” his memoir (Algonquin Books.)
Jamal is the co founder and executive artistic director of Impact Repertory Theater – a Harlem based leadership training and performing arts organization that has trained and mentored over 1,000 Harlem teens. Several hundred Impact members have gone on to colleges and graduate programs that include University of Maryland, Hunter College, Hampton, Clark Atlanta, Columbia, Brown, Yale and the City University of New York. Impact has performed its original music, drama, poetry and dance across the nation at venues that include the Apollo Theater, the Kennedy Center and the Kodak Theater at the 2008 Academy Awards.
Jamal was named one of the top twelve African American New York educators in the DAILY News Black History Month issue. He has been featured in the New York Times, ABC’s Nightline, Showtime’s “Lords of the Revolution” and HBO’s Def Poetry Jam.
His awards include a Cine Golden Eagle, a National Black program Consortium Prized Pieces Award, a Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame Award, a Union Square Award, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a best song Oscar nomination for his work with Impact in the film “August Rush.”
Cheryl Hill is the Co-Founding Partner of the Harlem Film Company (HFC), an integrated film and media company. In 2015, HFC produced CHAPTER & VERSE, its first feature, which is scheduled for a theatrical release in 2017. HFC recently produced its first feature documentary BEHIND THE GLASS about children of incarcerated parents.
Cheryl has more than 20 years experience in the film and television industry in New York and Los Angeles, and credited with bringing the Cheetah Girls property to Hollywood. She served as producer on three Disney movies: CHEETAH GIRLS, CHEETAH GIRLS 2 and CHEETAH GIRLS: ONE WORLD. With Kroyt Brandt Productions, Cheryl produced and directed the critically acclaimed CRUCIBLE OF THE MILLENIUM an award winning multi-part documentary that aired nationally on PBS. A major award from the National Endowment of the Humanities funded the series.
Cheryl’s career highlights include the position of Creative Executive / Director of Development at the Walt Disney Studios, Hollywood Pictures Division where she worked directly with Jeffrey Katzenberg and Michael Eisner. As a member of the Hollywood Pictures team, Cheryl supervises development and production of 20 feature film projects, among them: THE JOY LUCK CLUB and DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN starring Eddie Murphy.
Academy Award Winning Producer/Director, Broadway Producer, Media Advisor, Entertainment Financial Consultant. Jonathan received a Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Communications at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America, The Screen Actors Guild, The Producers Guild of America, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and The Television Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Jonathan Sanger has lead initiatives in virtually every sector of the filmed entertainment and media industry for the last forty years. He’s also produced prominent films in each of the last 4 decades. In the 80’s he produced The Elephant Man and Francis. Elephant Man, an emotionally charged film, made a strong impact on critics and audiences alike, and was rewarded with eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, as well as winning both the British Academy Film Award for Best Motion Picture and the French Cesar Award. In the 90’s he produced Without Limits, in the 2000’s Vanilla Sky, Suspect Zero and Paraiso Travel and in the 2010’s Chapter & Verse. Jonathan has supported and advised filmmakers and investors in making wise choices and innovative decisions in every part of the entertainment media space. To date his films have received 3 Academy Awards, 21 Academy Award nominations, a British Academy Film Award and a French Cesar Award.
Sanger formed Chanticleer Films and created The Discovery Program in the late 1980’s. Forty-two short films were produced, including the Academy Award winning and internationally acclaimed Ray’s Male Heterosexual Dance Hall as well as Academy Award winner Session Man. Additionally, Chanticleer received seven more Academy Award nominations, and all the Discovery Program shorts have won awards at numerous international film festivals.