BIPOC Artist Directory (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill)
Are you a BIPOC artist living and/or working in Raleigh, Durham, or Chapel Hill? Click here to have your information included in the RDU on Stage BIPOC artist directory. Having trouble accessing the form? E-mail rduonstage[at]gmail.com.
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When Keyanna isn’t watching anime, you can find her serving as the Associate Artistic Director of Women’s Theatre Festival, the Vice Chair of the Southeastern Theatre Conference Women+ in Theatre Committee, and the Assistant Director of Logistics for the National Black Theatre Festival. She discusses the transition of virtual theatre and the intersectionality of identity and arts advocacy through her talk show, Theatre’s NOT Dead with Keyanna Alexander, which updates every Tuesday on YouTube.
Christopher Bailey, Sr.
“When you seek to serve yourself you live a life of mediocrity. But when you seek to serve others you enter into the realm of greatness.”
Maria L. Barber
Favorite past credits include: “Ragtime”, “Color Purple” (Sofia), “Black Nativity”, “Porgy and Bess”, “Caroline, or Change” (Washer), “Motown Christmas”
Founder and Producer of The Show Must Go On, and Social Media Strategist/Blogger/Writer of TCP Magazine. She also formed The Cultural Arts Ministry at Poplar Springs Christian Church, which comprises drama, dance, and mime.
She has held city, state, and regional titles in beauty pageants and is the nationally reigning Ms. Black USA! Family and friends have cut a path for her on this journey as an Artist, Wife, Mommy, Advocate, Educator and Queen and she is grateful for every opportunity that head led her to this very spot.
Joy L. Bryant
Theater artist and classically trained vocalist. Repertoire includes classical, traditional Negro spirituals and Broadway genres.
I bring if energy to everything I do ! I smile a lot an I enjoy new experience. My most recent project was “Steady Eddie” in Theater Raleigh’s production of “Bud not Buddy” & “The know it all kid” in The Warner Bros. Production of the Polar express.
Stephan has danced and performed for the North Carolina Theatre Conservatory, Carolina Ballet, North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre, etc. He also was accepted into the Dance Theatre of Harlem Upper School, on the 5H Level.
Jessica is an actor, singer, stage manager, and theatre educator. She received her BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Michigan-Flint and has over a decade of professional experience.
Derrion Is a Actor, Dancer, and Singer as well as a walking Production Team all in one. His work has been seen by the masses up and down I95 from the 757 to the 919. Company Affiliates include: GENERIC Theater, Pure Life Theatre, Zeiders American Dream Theatre, NRACT, and The Virginia Opera Association.
J. Madrice Henderson
J. Mardrice remains active in the local theatre and film scene. His work as Richard Wright with Ebzb Productions has recently provided him the chance to be inducted into the Actor’s Equity Association.
I am a non-equity actress and singer. I perform through out the Triangle area. Some of my theatre credits include, Andromache in Trojan Women with Bare theatre, Men on Boats at
Justice Theatre Project, several Women’s Theatre Festival productions and most recently Lucrece in the staged reading of The Rape of Lucrece at PureLife Theatre.
Director, dancer, choreographer, and dance instructor.
Barbette Hunter holds a BA in Speech/Communications from NC State University and did graduate work in acting at UNC-Greensboro. She has earned three performance awards and two technical theatre awards from RLT.
Naima Yetunde Ince
Naima Yetunde Ince is an emerging playwright whose signature is distinct through the medium of spoken word. Ince earned an MA degree in of Professional Studies in Arts and Cultural Management degree from Pratt Institute and a BA degree in Theatre Studies from SUNY Purchase College.
Juan Isler is originally from Kinston NC. He has a degree in music from Winston-Salem State University and has been part of the theater scene in Wake County since 2014. He has worked with various theater companies as an actor and sound designer and was most recently seen in the Women’s Theatre Festival production of “Call and Response.” Juan is also the Founder of TORN (Theater on Racist Negativity).
Natasha A. Jackson
Equity – Stage Manager
Kristi Vincent Johnson
Kristi Vincent Johnson, a Louisiana native, is a performer, choreographer, creative director, and educator. She has performed and choreographed such productions as Black Nativity, The Color Purple, Ragtime, Fiddler On The Roof and Crazy For You. Her work has been commissioned by the Ernie Barnes Foundation and the American Dance Festival. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at North Carolina Central University and the artistic director of The Repertory Dance Company at NCCU.
Brilyn is a 12 year old Raleigh native. She traveled for 14 months with The Lion King’s National Broadway Tour as Young Nala. Brilyn loves to dance, sing, act and enjoys all things Broadway.
Faith Jones is a singer-songwriter based out of Durham, North Carolina. She’s a recent graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, completing a B.A. in Music and a minor in African, African American, & Diaspora Studies. At UNC, she performed in several theatrical productions, including Playmakers Repertory Company’s productions of Ragtime and She Loves Me, as well as Company Carolina’s production of The Wild Party as Queenie.
In 2018 he received a Bachelor of Music degree from Western Carolina University and decided to pursue learning the craft of acting. Over the past 2 years, he has been apart of multiple regional, community, and educational theatrical productions and has started his vocal/acting training. Going forward, Tyrone is interested in making art that challenges perspectives, reflects the current culture, and evokes emotional responses.
Connie McCoy Leach
Connie MCCoy Leach has been wowing audiences for over 25 years. Her works include: Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, The Color Purple, A Raisin in the Sun, Porgy & Bess, Motown Christmas and many more. Her first feature film, Malicious Intent can be found on most digital outlets. She is also the lead vocalist for Mo’ Jazz. One of the hottest bands in the Triangle area. http://www.mojazzmusic.com
I have been acting for 4 years, photographing for 8 years. I’m represented by KU Talent in Raleigh , North Carolina.
Yamila Monge has been working as a local Stage Manager since graduating from NC State in 2015. She has worked with several local theaters including Theatre in the Park and University Theatre. She has also worked as a dresser for NCT.
Adrienne Earle Pender
Adrienne was named a Tao House Fellow by the Eugene O’Neill Foundation; she completed her Artist-in-Residence residency in September 2015. She holds an MA and an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University, and is a member of the Dramatist Guild.
Works professionally as an actor in both straight plays and musicals, stage management, cabaret production, and acting coaching for teens and adults. She also has performance experience with aerial dance, burlesque, and emceeing.
I am a South Asian-American actor/playwright/activist. I aim to focus my work around the intersection of race, femininity, and Americanness. My greatest goal is to contribute to making the spaces I get to be in not only diverse and inclusive, but equitable.
Germôna Sharp is a vocalist, actress and writer originally from Pittsburgh, PA; currently resides in Raleigh, NC. She has appeared in many different productions such as Blood Done Sign My Name, Sister Act: The Musical, Steel Magnolias and so many more.
Pimpila Violette is a Durham based actor with a degree in Theater from UNC-Chapel Hill. She is currently a Virtual Technical Director with Women’s Theater Festival of NC.