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REGINA tAYLOR Actress, Director, Playwright, Activist. Golden Globe, NAACP Image, Tony, Peabody & Gracie, Hope Abelson, Helen Hayes, L.A. Dramalogue Award. First African-American woman to play Shakespeare's Juliet in Broadway's "Romeo and Juliet" A prolific playwright, Taylor penned and directed Crowns, the most performed musical in the country in 2007. The play pays homage to African-American matri- archs – and their beloved Sunday hats or "crowns" – by immersing audiences in the colorful richness of black Southern culture. Taylor has won numerous awards throughout her career and is a leading example of an artist-advocate whose work inspires humanity. Taylor is best- known for her role as Lilly Harper in the television series I'll Fly Away. She starred in the CBS drama The Unit, in films such as The Negotiator, Courage Under Fire, A Family Thing, The Keeper, Clockers, Losing Isaiah, and Lean on Me. On stage in such plays as As You Like It, Macbeth, Machinal, The Illusion and Jar the Floor. An Artistic Associate with Good man Theatre, her plays Magnolia and The Trinity River Plays have played there. Most recently Taylor wrote and directed Post Black, which is part of the Ensemble Studio Theatre's "The River Crosses Rivers" festival in NYC. It features Ruby Dee, Carmen de Lavallade, and Micki Grant. 22 A Distinctive style . com MIcKI GRANt A multi-talented actress, singer, author, composer-lyricst, playright. Grammy Award Winner, Tony Award Nominee. CLIO Award Winner for commercial jingles. The first African- American cast member of a daytime soap opera. Ms. Grant has appeared in numerous plays and musicals, on Broadway and in regional theatre, such as To Be Young, Gifted and Black, Brecht on Brecht, The Cradle Will Rock, Leonard Bernstein's Theatre Songs, and Funnyhouse of a Negro among them. Of the multiple shows for which she has been both lyricist and composer, the most notable were, Your Arms Too Short To Box With God and Working which was adapted from Stud Terkel's book of the same name. She has been the recipient of Grammy, Drama Desk, NAACP Image, Outer Critics' Circle, and Obie awards. She performed through- out the country in the mid-1990s as Sadie Delaney in the stage play Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters' First 100 Years. An enduring and remarkable talent, she additionally has historical significance, having been one of the first Black day- time contract players on network televi- sion with running performances on soap operas The Edge of Night, Guiding Light, and a seven year run as attorney Peggy Nolan on NBC's Another World. cARMEN DE LAVALLADE Legendary dancer, choreographer, professor and stage and film actress. Awarded the Black History Month Lifetime Achievement Award, the Rosie, the Bessie, the Capezio Dance Award and received her Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Julliard de Lavallade began studying ballet with at the age of 16. She studied painting, acting, music, set design and costum- ing, ballet, modern and ethnic dance. She made her Broadway debut in Truman Capote's House of Flowers. Her televi- sion debut was in John Butler's ballet Flight, and in 1957 she appeared in the television production of Duke Ellington's A Drum is a Woman. She also appeared in several off-Broadway productions, including Othello and Death of a Sales- man. An introduction to Twentieth Cen- tury Fox executives by Lena Horne lead to more acting roles between 1952 and 1955. She appeared in several films in- cluding Carmen Joneswith Dorothy Dan- dridge andOdds Against Tomorrowwith Harry Belafonte. She staged musicals, plays and operas and became a professor and member of the Yale Repertory Theater. Choreographed Porgy and Bess and Die Meistersingerat the Metro politan Opera. In 2010, she appeared in a one-night only concert semi staged reading of Evening Primrose by Stephen Sondheim.

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