Howard University Solo Performances
April 20, 2019
Howard University Solo Performances
Saturday, April 20 // 5 PM - 6:30 pm
in Woolly Mammoth's SMIth/Melton Rehearsal Hall
Join us for a series of solo performance pieces created by Howard University Senior Acting B.F.A Students! Get to know the next generation of performing artists generating their own work, inspired by a masterclass with The Peculiar Patriot playwright and teaching artist Liza Jessie Peterson.
Coconuts: Written and performed by Amanda Morris; Directed by Mari Travis
Eli’s Rock: Written and performed by Austin Farrow; Directed by Natalia Nagy; Choreography by Tatyana Ke’Ausha; Sound by Pasquel Buchanan
Worthy: Written and performed by Ashley Cruel; Directed by Naima Randolph
Black River: Written and performed by Isaiah Reed; Directed by Ricky Ramon; Choreography by Kayla Warren
Drip or Drown: Written and performed by Tre’mon Mills; Directed by Ricky Ramon and Marty Lamar; Choreography by Norman Harris
Chinna Palmer: Director of Communications and Public Affairs
Tatyana Ke’Ausha: Production/Stage Manager
Nzinga Lewis: House Manager
Naima Randolph: Program Coordinator
Jaylen Wilson: Social Media Coordinator
Taylor Hunt: Social Media Coordinator
Howard University Department of Theatre Arts
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
Liza Jessie Peterson
DJ Corey Photography
Life’s Finest Photography
About the Seniors
ASHLEY CRUEL is a graduating senior Acting major from Albany, Georgia. Her most recent theatre credits include: Breathe: The Musical (Gertie); In the Red and Brown Water (The Woman Who Reminds), and Eclipsed (Rita). She is eternally grateful to the Department of Theatre Arts for cultivating so much growth in her over these past four years. Ashley, above all, gives thanks to God for continually ordering her steps.
AUSTIN T. FARROW is a graduating Senior Acting major from Shreveport, Louisiana. Some of his Howard University credits include: Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet (Marcus); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius); and Blood at the Root (Justin). Austin has also had the pleasure of being the first Howard student to attend the London Theatre Program, which is a semester long program with the British American Drama Academy- his BADA credits include: Time and the Conways (Ernest Beevers), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck). He also recently won 1st place and took home the grand prize in this year’s Monologue Madness in DC. Other credits include: Chocolate Covered Ants (AJ McCormick); In the Blood (Chilli/ Jabber); and Different, Damaged, Damned (Chamuel).
TATYANA KE'AUSHA is a graduating senior Acting Major, with a minor in a business, from Dallas, Texas. She was recently seen in In the Red and Brown Water at Ira Aldridge Theater and in the five-star-rated musical Breathe. She is currently interning with WHUT at the Rocknewman Show and in Cramton Auditorium. After graduating, she plans to obtain her Masters in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance, in preparation for owning her own television and film company, in which she will write, produce, and direct various works, as well as start her own television network. As always, she wants to thank all of her loving family and friends for their support, and thank God for being the head and guiding light of her life.
TAYLOR HUNT is a graduating senior from Queens, New York. Previously she played in Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet and Antigone at Howard University. Her passion is to write stories that fill a necessary void within society, and that is what inspired her one-person show Redʼs Light.
NZINGHA LEWIS is a Graduating Senior, Theatre Arts - Acting major at Howard University from Tampa, Florida. Nzingha had the opportunity to perform in Marcus or the Secret of Sweet and Radio Golf at Howard University. She also performed in the five-star-rated musical Breathe that ran at The Arc. She interned with F.R.E.S.H.H Inc. as the Executive Assistant to the Director and at Mosaic Theater as a Casting and Marketing Intern. She is currently interning at Cramton Auditorium as a Sound Engineer Intern. Nzingha is blessed and excited to be able to showcase her talent for the audiences. And she gives thanks to God, her family, & friends for their unwavering support.
TRE'MON KENTRELL MILLS is a graduating senior from Blakely, Georgia. Acting is a prominent force that has guided him throughout his life. The desire to tell stories and create art has ignited strength, perseverance, and insatiable hunger in his pursuit for achievement. He passionately desires to be at the forefront of social change, working to use his stories as an agent to unite communities. Tre’mon knows through his craft he can inspire others to make lasting change in the world. He believes artistry that incites sociopolitical conversation is paramount, and can evoke long-term solutions that will heal the wounds that plague our world.“My life is a cage but on stage I am free.” Tre’mon wants to thank God, his friends, and his family for their continued support. Instagram: @king_dizzo379
AMANDA MORRIS is from Spanish Town, Jamaica and moved to Queens, New York in 2008. Amanda has performed at venues such as La Mama Experimental Theatre and the Kennedy Center, to name a few. During her time at Howard she expanded on her love for film and recently acted and produced a film, April Again, with her team at grittyvibes.com; the film is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. Amanda hopes to continue performing both on stage and in front of the camera, and as a published playwright believes it is imperative that we tell our stories with integrity, love and not sit back and wait on someone else to do so for us. Amanda likes to remind herself everyday that "one, one cocoa full basket," an old Jamaican saying which means success does not come overnight. amandamorrisactor.com
CHINNA PALMER is a graduating Senior from Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is known for her performances in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (directed by Raymond O. Caldwell), In the Red and Brown Water (directed by Eric Ruffin), and her work with the Young Playwrights Theatre- most recently seen in Silence is Violence: Mothering While Black (directed by Farah Lawal Harris). She is a Virgo to the core; the Beyoncé kind, not the Ed Gein kind. She is hardworking, detail oriented, and can hit a mean catwalk. Chinna believes “all of the fun is in the work,” and embraces every moment rooted in love and driven in purpose.
NAIMA RANDOLPH is a graduating Senior from St. Louis, Missouri. She has performed in Antigone at Howard University and recently made her professional debut in Young Playwrights Theatres production of Three Cheers to Grace. She will soon be seen in Love’s Labour’s Lost with the Shakespeare Festival of Saint Louis. Ever since she was 14, Naima has acquired a deep love of classical theatre and storytelling. Recently, she has fostered an interest in both writing and film. She hopes one day that she can apply her background of classical training both in front of and behind the camera. Her time at Howard has taught her the virtues of patience, dedication, and boldness. She wants to thank her many professors, friends, family and above all God for these past four years of enlightenment.
ISAIAH REED is an actor, singer, dancer, writer from Paterson, New Jersey. His life experiences are the driving force that motivates him to create art that brings about change and is a tool against social injustices. Currently understudying the role of Black in the production of P.Y.G or The Mis-Edumication of Dorian Belle at Studio Theatre. Isaiah is grateful to his family and friends for their continuous support on his journey. Instagram: @Isaiahqreed
JAYLEN WILSON is a Senior Acting Major from Kansas City, Missouri. His most recent shows include Antigone (Directed by Raymond Caldwell) and For the Howard Woman (Directed by Lysious Ogolo). His drive and passion for Theatre stems from his life quote "Be the Change You Wish to See." He aims to use his artistry as a tool of activism to change the world in unprecedented measures. Jaylen would like to thank God, Family, & Friends for their immense support on this journey!