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The Realness

Cast

Terrell Donnell Sledge

Terrell Donnell Sledge (Thomas, aka T.O; he/him), is a dual ivy leaguer who embodies the visionary agency for the creation of conscientious artistic expressions that influence social connectedness in ways that facilitate the reimagining of values in order to harness emotional intelligence, healthy communication, cultural integrity, as well as individual and collective power.  Drawing on his many passions and experience in expressive arts, non-profit community development and writing, some of Terrell’s past and current work includes [writing] Pride: Mortal BEINGS pt 1 (theatrical), SOUL, The Graphic Novel, Blesser Watts (fiction), upcoming animated projects [education  and mentorship] Re-imagining and Elevating: Artistic Concepts and Talent (RE:ACT), Quarantine Complex, partnerships with Trinity College, Point Loma Nazarene University, UCSB and Grossmont Community College.  #storyistheanswer  More info: www.terrelldonnellsledge.com | ig: @soul_thegraphichovel | www.reactcollective.org

Analisa Velez

Analisa Velez (Prima; she/her) recent credits include The Purists (Elliot Norton Award), TV: @Monsterland, @SneakyPete, @almostlovemovie

Marcus John

Marcus John (Lord Style; he/him) Broadway Tours: Hamilton: An American Musical (swing), RENT 20th Anniversary (Benny), Mamma Mia! (Ensemble); NY/Regional Theatre: iLLA (NYMF), Kill Move Paradise (Interact Theatre Co.), Jungle Book (Arden Theatre Co.)

BFA: The University of the Arts

“Pray Often, Worry Not!” @BroadwyBriddell

Moya Angela

Moya Angela (Prof Brown & others; she/her) is and international broadway singer and actress and teacher. Got her Broadway start In The Lion King on Broadway. Other broadway credits include Effie in Dreamgirls National Broadway Tour and the Apollo, Ghost the Musical and InTransit the Musical. Tv credits include America’s Got Talent and Portia in 30 Rock. Moya Angela is an NAACP Award winner and a LA Ovation Awards for her role of Effie White in Dreamgirls. She went to school at Kentucky State University for music education and acting. Currently she is taking some time to teach and do more outreach work and philanthropy.

Héctor Flores, Jr.

Moya Angela (Prof Brown & others; she/her) is and international broadway singer and actress and teacher. Got her Broadway start In The Lion King on Broadway. Other broadway credits include Effie in Dreamgirls National Broadway Tour and the Apollo, Ghost the Musical and InTransit the Musical. Tv credits include America’s Got Talent and Portia in 30 Rock. Moya Angela is an NAACP Award winner and a LA Ovation Awards for her role of Effie White in Dreamgirls. She went to school at Kentucky State University for music education and acting. Currently she is taking some time to teach and do more outreach work and philanthropy.

Creative Team

Idris Goodwin

Idris Goodwin (Playwright; he/him) is a creative voice for change impassioned by the power of art for social good. He uses story to inspire and incite new audiences across culture and generation. His critically acclaimed plays like And In This Corner Cassius Clay, How We Got On  and Hype Man : a break beat play are widely produced across the country at professional theatres, college campuses and non-traditional spaces alike. He’s been honored to receive commissions and developmental support from institutions like The Kennedy Center, The Eugene O’neill Conference, Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s American Revolutions Series, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, and Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor Residency. He’s currently writing Scarfoot Lives, a new play co commissioned by Arena Stage’s Power Play Program and The Playwright Center’s McKnight Fellowship. In addition to the recently released poetry collection Can I Kick It?, he’s had several publications with Haymarket Books including Inauguration, Human Highlight: Ode To Dominique Wilkins and the controversial play This Is Modern Art co-written with Kevin Coval. His words, voice and sometimes entire body, have shown up on HBO Def Poetry, Sesame Street, NPR, BBC radio, and the Discovery Channel. Idris is the Director of The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. A frequent public speaker at conferences and educational spaces, Idris is one of the leading voices in his field, committed to using art to cultivate more diverse and equitable spaces. Visit Idris on the web and social media

Megan Sandberg-Zakian

Megan Sandberg-Zakian (Director; she/her) is a theater director with a passion for the development of diverse new American plays & playwrights, and a co-founder of Maia Directors, a consulting group for artists and organizations engaging with stories from the Middle East and beyond. Her book There Must Be Happy Endings: On a Theatre of Optimism and Honesty is available from The 3rd Thing Press. Megan is a graduate of Brown University and holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. She lives in Jamaica Plain, MA, with her wife Candice. megansz.com

Glenn Bruner

Glenn Bruner (Production Stage Manager)

Ido Levran

Ido Levran (Technical Director)

Mathew DeVore

Mathew DeVore (Sound Supervisor)