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Ep. 90: Carlita Victoria on Darkness Rising, Mental Health, and More

Carlita Victoria was last seen on stage in the North Carolina Theatre production of Kinky Boots just over a year ago. She is a singer and dancer who has performed all over the world. But behind her captivating smile and infectious laugh, she has struggled like so many with us with anxiety, depression, and PTSD. And that is why she founded the Darkness Rising Project, which helps Black performers begin conversations with family, coworkers, and friends about mental health and emotional well-being.

About the Guest

Carlita Victoria is a Raleigh, North Carolina native, she attended The University of NC at Greensboro (BFA Dance Performance & Choreography, K-12 Dance Education). A committed mental health advocate, Carlita founded Darkness Rising Nonprofit for Black mental health to create a safe space and mental health resources for the Black community. Carlita has performed nationally and internationally with Chuck Davis & The African American Dance Ensemble, Madagascar Live: China, Circus Conelli Switzerland, The Glee Project Promo featuring Darren Criss, Off-Broadway with Broad Comedy, as well various regional shows. Carlita’s heart is always with North Carolina Theatre, where she’s performed in Jesus Christ SuperstarHairsprayIn The Heights, and Kinky Boots! Carlita is an active performer, certified personal fitness instructor, and mental health advocate.

RDU on Stage is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of RDU on Stage must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Make an Online Donation to RDU on Stage now.

To view my complete video interview with Victoria, click here.

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