Lady in Orange
Amara Granderson (Lady in Orange) is a Brooklyn native thrilled to be making her Broadway debut in “for colored girls…” Training: MFA UC San Diego, BA Oberlin College. Selected Theater Credits: Fly (La Jolla Playhouse), Romeo ‘n’ Juliet (Classical Theatre of Harlem), Stick Fly (Intiman Theater). Selected Film/TV: Ford commercial (dir. Chloe Zhao). She is eternally grateful to her family, friends, & Ms. Caroline for getting her to this impactful milestone.
Lady in Brown
Tendayi Kuumba (Lady in Brown) International dancer, choreographer, singer, & songwriter, Tendayi Kuumba is a graduate of North Atlanta High School of Performing Arts and Spelman College. Recently, Tendayi performed as a background vocalist/dancer & original cast member of Special Tony Award®-Winning “David Byrne’s America Utopia on Broadway” as well as its World Tour since 2018 and HBO Film adaptation directed by Spike Lee.
Former touring company member of Urban Bush Women, Tendayi is also longtime collaborator w/ partner Greg Purnell under the alias UFLYMOTHERSHIP with sonic/choreographic projects Heroiné, Incog-negro, U.F.O: Unidentified Fly Objects, U.F.O: Stardust Melanin, & U.F.O “The Mixtape”. Other solo/collaborative choreographic works have been featured at Gibney Dance, in partnership with Stephen Petronio Residency Center, Live Ideas: Drexciya Redux – An Afrofuturist Cabaret at NYLA, Movement Researches’ Spring Festival, Czech Republic of NY, “ Prague Effects” Residency, Dancespace “Collective Terrains” platform, Spelman Colleges’ “Toni Cade Bambara Scholar – Activism Conference, Harlem Stage E-Moves 2019, Hi-ARTS: Critical Breaks Residency, BRICLab, Dance Mission Theaters’ D.I.R.T Festival 2021 & Park Armorys’ 100 Women/ 100 Years and Lincoln Center’s Restart Stages.
She’s worked with choreographers T. Lang, Marjani Forte’-Saunders (7NMS), ASÉ Dance Theater Collective, Nathan Trice/ Rituals Performance Project “StrangeLove”, Jim Findlay’s “Electric Lucifer” workshop & Philadelphia Operas’ “We Shall Not be Moved” directed by Bill T. Jones. She continues to build her pedagogy as a teaching artist occasionally at NYU Tisch and as a B.O.L.D Facilitator for Urban Bush Women.
Currently commissioned by the Petronio Residency Center to create upcoming UFLYMOTHERSHIP work for spring 2022, she gives thanks and blessings for life, love, breath, and the pursuit of happiness through creativity.
Kenita R. Miller
Lady in Red
Kenita R. Miller (Lady in Red) Broadway: Come From Away (Hannah), Once On This Island (Mama Euralie/ Grammy Nom.), The Color Purple (Celie), Xanadu (Erato/Kira understudy) Off-Broadway: Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (Granny) Encores!, Bella: An American Tall Tale (Miss Cabbagestalk/Mama), Merrily We Roll Along (Encores!), Wild Party (Encores!), Langston In Harlem (Zora Neale Hurston -Drama Desk Nom./ Audelco Award), Working (Drama Desk Award), Avenue Q Regional: Parade (Minnie McKnight, Angela/2014 Barrymore Award Outstanding Featured Actress), Once On This Island (Timoune/ Mama Euralie), Ragtime (Sarah) Film/TV: Tick Tick Boom, “Sesame Street”, “Bull”, “Hostages”, “Blacklist”.
Lady in Green
Okwui Okpokwasili (Lady in Green) is a Brooklyn-based performer, choreographer and writer creating multidisciplinary performance pieces. The child of immigrants from Nigeria, Okpokwasili was born and raised in the Bronx, and the histories of these places and the girls and women who inhabit them feature prominently in much of her work. Her highly experimental productions include “Bessie” Award winning Pent-Up: A Revenge Dance, “Bessie” Award winning Bronx Gothic, Bronx Gothic: The Oval, Poor People’s TV Room, Poor People’s TV Room Solo, When I Return Who Will Receive Me, and Adaku’s Revolt. Recent works include installations in the exhibitions: “Grief and Grievance, Art and Mourning in America” at the New Museum, “Witchhunt” at The Hammer Museum in LA, “Sex Ecologies” at Kunsthall Trondheim in Norway. Commissions include the performance“On the way, undone” at the Highline in NYC and at Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn as part of FIAF’s Crossing the Line Festival, the film“Returning” for Danspace Project, and the site-specific performances “Swallow the Moon” at Jacob’s Pillow.
She has worked with film and theater directors: Carrie Mae Weems, Ralph Lemon, Arthur Jafa, Terence Nance, Josephine Decker, Mika Rottenberg, Mahyad Tousi, Charlotte Brathwaite, Jim Findlay, Annie Dorsen and Peter Born.
She has worked at the newly re-envisioned Flea Theater, the Public, TFANA, Soho Rep, HERE Arts Center, and the Kitchen.
Okpokwasili’s residencies and awards include The French American Cultural Exchange (2006-2007); Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography Choreographic Fellowship (2012); Baryshnikov Arts Center Artist-in-Residence (2013); New York Live Arts Studio Series (2013); Under Construction at the Park Avenue Armory (2013); New York Foundation for the Arts’ Fellowship in Choreography (2013); Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Program (2014-17, 2019-20); ICPP at Wesleyan (2015), The Foundation for Contemporary Arts’ artist grant in dance (2014); BRIClab (2015); Columbia University (2015), the Rauschenberg Residency (2015), UNC Chapel Hill CPA Fellow. Okpokwasili was the 2015-2017 Randjelovic/Stryker New York Live Arts Resident Commissioned Artist (RCA.) She was a 2018 Princeton University Hodder Fellow, a 2018 Herb Alpert Awardee in Dance, an Antonyo Awardee, a 2018 Doris Duke Artist Awardee, and a 2018 MacArthur Fellow.
She will be the inaugural artist for the Kravis Studio Residency program at MOMA.
Lady In Blue
The child of a Trinidadian father and Tobagonian mother, Stacey Sargeant was born & raised in the East New York section of Brooklyn. She is a graduate of LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts and received her BFA in musical theater from Syracuse University.
Stacey can currently be seen in the critically acclaimed Netflix film, The Forty-Year-Old Version, and in the third season of Nat Geo’s, “Genius: Aretha” as Dinah Washington. She most recently guest-starred and recurred on CBS’ Blue Bloods and Bull, respectively.
Sargeant received Drama Desk, Drama League, and Lucille Lortel nominations for her work in the NYTimes Critic’s Pick, Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future at Ars Nova. She is the recipient of the South Korea Daegu International Musical Festival’s Best Supporting Actress Award, as well as New York Musical Theatre Festival’s Outstanding Individual Performance Award. In addition, her filmmaking debut, Though I’m Not Perfect, a documentary short about the physical and psychological dangers of the ballet world to young girls, won the Honolulu Film Award for Best Educational Film.
Credits include: Film: Come Sunday, Top Five, Obvious Child; TV: “Blue Bloods,” “Bull,” “Elementary”, “The Blacklist”, “Gossip Girl”, “Glee”, “Law & Order: SVU”; Theater: Nantucket Sleigh Ride (Lincoln Center Theater), Homos, Or Everyone in America (Labyrinth), Two Gentlemen of Verona and the all-female The Taming of the Shrew (Delacorte Theatre), Eclipsed (Public Theater, Curran, Yale Rep, McCarter Theatre (workshop), Our Lady of Kibeho and Big Love (Signature Theatre), Legally Blonde (1st Nat’l Tour).
Lady in Purple
Alexandria Wailes (she/her) received a 2020 Obie Citation for Sustained Excellence as an Artist and Advocate and a Lortel nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play For Colored Girls.. at The Public.
Broadway: Deaf West’s Spring Awakening, Big River (Tony Honoree for Ensemble). Off-Broadway: Playwright Horizons’ I Was Most Alive with You, A Kind Of Alaska, Film: ‘The Hyperglot’; TV: ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent’, ‘High Maintenance’, ‘Little America’, ‘Nurse Jackie’.
Alexandria is an actor, director, dancer, choreographer, and director of artistic sign language. She has worked on stage, in front of the camera and behind the scenes on numerous on and off-Broadway and regional theaters, television and film. She worked with Deaf West Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, Playwrights Horizon, The Public, Pasadena Playhouse, City Center NY, Ars Nova and more. As director of artistic sign language, she worked on the revival of Broadway’s Children of a Lesser God and King Lear; This Close S.1 & 2, Quantico S.3, A Quiet Place 1 & 2, Wonderstruck and 2021’s Sundance Film Festival darling, CODA.
Over the years she has worked as an advisor for ASL theatre interpreted teams for on and off-Broadway with Hands On and TDF, as a teaching artist bringing theatre into classrooms, and is an educator at several museums in NYC- notably the Whitney Museum, The Jewish Museum, and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. She danced and performed with the Heidi Latsky Dance company. She is a co-founder of BHo5.org and a member of the Forest of Arden company.
Ms. Wailes has spent many years advocating for Deaf and disability rights within the performing arts. She currently serves on the Dance/NYC disability task force. She received a Tony Honoree for Ensemble in the Deaf West revival of Big River along with numerous nominations and accolades. A proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA & the SDC.
Lady in Yellow
D. Woods is a multi-hyphenate performing artist who excels in all facets of entertainment. Prior to her chart-topping and multi-platinum success with the pop/R&B recording group Danity Kane, she trained at Tri-Cities High School for Visual and Performing Arts and the Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble of Atlanta (YEA). She continued her studies at The Ailey School, trained at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and graduated from The Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
She is the Founder of Woodgrane Entertainment and has been consecutively recognized as a Grammy Nomination contender. She has performed multiple roles in the Off-Broadway run of Ntozake Shange’s “for colored girls…” at The Public Theater, Christopher Green’s “Prurience” at The Guggenheim Museum and her semi-autobiographical play “Trouble In Paradise”. Additional credits include Patrick Ian Polk’s acclaimed film “Blackbird” and the AllBLK series “Stuck With You”. D.Woods is grateful for making her Broadway debut. Follow @yagirldwoods on all social media.
Standby for Lady in Red
RACHEL CHRISTOPHER (Standby for Lady in Red). Broadway debut! Select theatre: What to Send Up…(BAM/Playwrights Horizons/The Public); Bad News! (Skirball), Sonic Life (Play Co.), An Iliad (Long Wharf Theatre), Intimate Apparel (Shakespeare & Co.), The Winter’s Tale (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis), Yellowman (Trinity Rep). TV/film: The Girl on the Train, “Billions,” “Madam Secretary,” “Blindspot,” “Instinct.” For Mom, Leah, Sabel and Brooklyn.
u/s Lady in Purple
TRESHELLE EDMOND (u/s Lady in Purple) is known for her Broadway debut in Deaf West Theater’s revival of Spring Awakening; Mark Medoff’s Children of a Lesser God revival. Her theatre credits: The Colored Museum, Another Kind of Silence, What Came After. Television/film: “House M.D.,” “Glee,” “Master of None” (season 2); Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. Orange). Broadway debut! Off-Broadway: Syncing Ink, Wig Out!, River Deep. Regional: Huntington Theatre, Alley Theatre, St. Louis Black Rep, Kennedy Center. Film/TV: wishing…, The Stronger and “Law & Order: SVU.” BFA, Howard University. Gratitude to all that have poured even the slightest bit into my spirit. God is good!
u/s Lady in Brown/Yellow
KALA ROSS (u/s Lady in Brown/Yellow) is excited to make her Broadway debut! She attended the University of Louisville and Tennessee State University. Kala recently performed with the Alliance and True Colors Theatre. “Thank you to my family, Baron Kelly and Hudson Artists Agency.”
u/s Lady in Red/Green
ALEXIS SIMS (u/s Lady in Red/Green) Broadway debut! Select regional credits include Cinderella (ASF), Prince of Egypt (Tuacahn), Matilda (Northern Stage), Dreamgirls (Dallas Theater Center), Revival: The Resurrection of Son House (Geva), Once on This Island (Lyric Theater). Special thanks to family, friends & Take 3 Talent. University of Michigan. Proud member of AEA.
u/s Lady in Blue/Orange
Broadway debut! Off-Broadway: Syncing Ink, Wig Out!, River Deep. Regional: Huntington Theatre, Alley Theatre, St. Louis Black Rep, Kennedy Center. Film/TV: wishing…, The Stronger and “Law & Order: SVU.” BFA, Howard University. Gratitude to all that have poured even the slightest bit into my spirit. God is good!
When Ntozake Shange, acknowledged worldwide as a master writer in many genres, left our world for a better place, she bequeathed for future generations an extensive body of work, including 15 plays, 19 poetry collections, seven novels, five children’s books, three collections of essays, a partial memoir, and major achievements in music and dance.
Her “choreopoem” for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf is Shange’s masterwork, acclaimed as a theater classic and acknowledged as foundational in the history of theater. Written in 1975, it combines the spoken word with poetry, music and dance. Much of her work was made or adapted for performance onstage, for it was theater where her radical explorations combining form and genre could be realized. Shange’s major contribution, the “choreopoem”, was a new theatrical genre she invented that incorporates the spoken word as a prominent element – thereby widening the creative palette and transforming theater.
The piece first opened on Broadway in 1976. It became a hit show and stands as the longest-running play by an African American writer in Broadway history. It is also credited as the first feminist play to succeed on Broadway. The play has been performed continuously ever since as part of the canon and was made into a major motion picture by Tyler Perry in 2010. A revival of for colored girls … produced by the Public Theater in 2019 received awards for best revival, musical composition, choreography, and more, including five Antonyo Awards, the 2020 Outer Critics Circle Award, two 2020 Lucille Lortel Awards, three Audelco “Viv” Awards, and “THE 2020 DRAMA DESK AWARD”.
A major Broadway revival is coming in April, 2022.
Dance We Do: A Poet Explores Black Dance, is the first work of Ntozake Shange published posthumously in 2020 by Beacon Press. Shange was an insightful dancer and choreographer. In Dance We Do she reveals her personal as well as an historical perspective of the roots of much of today’s American dance. The book chronicles for the first time some of the greatest and most influential dancers and choreographers of the latter part of the twentieth century. As a teacher and theorist, Shange charts the living history of Black dance, drawing on her own past to celebrate the Black body in movement and in art and the connection between body and brain. Her work was a precursor to racial justice movements of today as she demonstrated that Black bodies, Black minds and Black lives matter.
In this book, Shange exhibits a lifelong passion for dance akin to her passion for words. Indeed, critic Jennifer Dunning, author of Alvin Ailey: A Life in Dance, sees Ntozake Shange “a dancer first” who “writes of her art with passion and humor.” The book has been widely reviewed with acclaim and is currently available.
Camille A. Brown
director & choreographer
CAMILLE A. BROWN (director & choreographer) is a prolific Black female director / choreographer, who has received numerous honors including a Guggenheim Award, Bessie Award, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award, Doris Duke Artist Award, United States Artists Award, two Audelco Awards, five Princess Grace Awards, and a New York City Center Award. She has received a Tony nomination, three Drama Desk nominations, three Lortel nominations and an Obie award for her work in theater. She is an Emerson Collective fellow, a TED fellow and the recipient of a Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship. Brown is the 2021 Distinguished Artist, presented by The International Society for the Performing Arts.
Broadway and off-Broadway credits include: Choir Boy, Once On This Island, Toni Stone, A Streetcar Named Desire, Much Ado About Nothing, for colored girls… Film/Television: Academy Award-winning Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Emmy Award-winning “Jesus Christ Superstar Live.” Ms. Brown choreographed the critically acclaimed Porgy and Bess for The Metropolitan Opera and this September became the first Black woman director for the main stage at the MET with Fire Shut Up In My Bones. Brown is the founder and Artistic Director of Camille A. Brown & Dancers.
Jiyoun Chang (Lighting Designer) Credits: Slave Play (Nominations for Tony, Drama Desk, Henry Hewes, Broadway), Marry Wives (Delacorte Theatre), Letters of Suresh (2nd Stage), Bina’s Six Apples (Lloyd Suh, Children’s Theatre Company), The Chinese Lady (Long Wharf Theatre, The Public), For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf (The Public), Marys Seacole (Henry Hewes Nom, LCT3). More credits at 2nd Stage, Roundabout, ATC, NYTW, BAM(ObieAward), MCC, Signature, Guggenheim, Berkeley Rep, Cal Shakes (TBA Nom), Guthrie, The Old Globe, OSF(Falstaff Award), Studio Theatre.
Special thanks to David and Eva.
Sarafina Bush (Costume Designer) Broadway: For Colored Girls…, Pass Over. Off-Broadway: Heroes of the Fourth Turning (Obie Award: Playwrights Horizons), Plot Points, Pass Over (LCT3), Broadway Bounty Hunter (Greenwich House). Regional: Afterwords (5th Avenue), Life After (Goodman Theatre), Nina Simone: Four Women (Berkshire Theatre Group), Slow Food (Geva Theatre), Cry It Out and The Royale (Kitchen Theatre Company), Not Medea and Grace, or The Art of Climbing (Art House Productions). Education: BA, Adelphi University.
Redbone and Whitby
Redbone and Whitby (Composers) are the 2020 Drama Desk Award recipients for Outstanding Music in a Play and the 2020 Audelco Award recipient for Outstanding Composer of Original Music and Score for Public Theater revival “for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuff” by Ntozake Shange. Their recent works and song contributions include Bone Hill: The Concert, commissioned by Joe’s Pub/Public Theater, NEFA. NPN, Lincoln Center. “Stars”– NY Theater Workshop- Jim Nicola, “Primer for a Failed Superpower”, Rachel Chavkin, and Black Mountain Women, currently in development at The Public Theater.
Martha Redbone is a vocalist/songwriter/composer/educator. She is known for her music gumbo of folk, blues and gospel from her childhood in Harlan County, Kentucky infused with the eclectic grit of pre-gentrified Brooklyn. With songs and storytelling that share her life experience as an Afro-Indigenous woman and mother navigating in the new millennium, Redbone gives voice to issues of social justice, bridging traditions, connecting cultures, celebrating the human spirit. Redbone’s recordings, touring and cultural preservation workshops are a partnership she shares with longtime collaborator/husband Aaron Whitby.
Aaron Whitby is a London-born pianist/composer/producer. Whitby has recorded and/or performed with George Clinton, Luther Vandross, Natalie Cole, Randy Brecker, Lisa Fischer, David Amram and more.
Deah Love Harriott
Deah Love Harriott (Music Director) Raised as a Cornhusker in Lincoln, Nebraska from age 2, Deah Love Harriott is a native of Buffalo, NY. A classically trained musician and pianist from the age of three, Deah was later heralded as fostering an appreciation for cultural music throughout the state of Nebraska, Ms. Harriott is the recipient of the prestigious Mayor’s Art Award, Cultural Celebration (Nebraska). Hailed as one of the youngest artists to receive a grant from the Nebraska Arts Council, Ms. Harriott toured throughout the Midwest with her gospel group Deah Harriott & Images. She was most recently an honoree and recipient of the Concerned Women of Brooklyn Inc.’s Outstanding Leadership Award where she was recognized for her contributions to the community of Brooklyn, NY. Deah Love was also recognized by her alma mater, Nebraska Wesleyan University with the Outstanding Music Alumni Award. Currently a proud resident of New York, NY, Deah is the Minister of Worship & Fine Arts at Bethany Baptist Church in Brooklyn, a traveling vocalist, adjudicator and educator, specializing in voice, piano and organ (Hammond and pipe), with focuses in classical, gospel, jazz, and r&b.
Some of Deah’s most memorable accomplishments: Currently the music director for the award winning off-Broadway revival of Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Isn’t Enuf,” (The Public Theater) and also music directing a 75-plus person cast for the Tony Award winning musical “The Wiz,” (LCP). The studio project “Sacrifice,” by gospel music group Deah L. Harriott & Images is one of many projects which she has written, produced and contributed to. The project is currently available on all social media projects. She was also the music director and pianist for the award winning off-broadway production, “Marie and Rosetta” (Atlantic Theater), and performing keys and vocals with award-winning Jon Batiste.
Christina Franklin (Associate Director) is a theatre artist, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Recent directing and associate credits include; Fire Shut Up In My Bones (The Met), The Niceties (ChesterTheatre), Once Upon A Pandemic (Waterwell), The Last Five Years (OOTB), Don’t Stay Safe (ProspectTheatre Company), The Wolves (The Professional Performing Arts School), Coal Country, For Colored Girls, and White Noise (The Public Theater), Slave Play (NYTW). She has written and directed for Royal FamilyProductions and TADA! Youth Theater, earning several National Youth Theatre awards and nominations. Christina is an alumna of The Professional Performing Arts School and The University of The Arts where she earned a BFA in Directing, Playwriting, and Production. Many thanks to those who contributed to this journey. Endless thanks to my family and friends who have been an unshakeable support system. Matthew 5:14! All for you Ma.
Myung Hee Cho
Hair, Wig and Make-up Design
Director of Artistic Sign Language
Michelle Banks (Director of Artistic Sign Language) is grateful for the opportunity to work with the remarkable talented creative team and cast of for colored girls… DASL credit: Olney Theater Company’s The Music Man. Artistic director of Visionaries of the Creative Arts (VOCA).