Richarda Abrams* (Playwright, Co-producer, Actor) is a 4-time AUDELCO award-winning actress/ singer/playwright/producer of First By Faith: The Life of Mary McLeod Bethune. The solo show won a 2019 AUDELCO VIV Award for Solo Performance of the Year and was named the Best of Solo Theatre in the Last 10 Years United Solo Theatre Festival (USTF). Other awards include USTF 2018 Best Educational Show Award and a sold-out the National Black Theatre Festival. Memberships: AEA, SAG- AFTRA, AACM, Actors Studio, Dramatists Guild, Episcopal Actors Guild, A.R.T./New York, New York Women in Film & Television, and League of Professional Theatre Women. Richarda is fiscally sponsored by NYFA, received a NYSCA Theater Commission and LMCC grants. She has performed all over the world and recorded Song for All (Black Saint Records) with her father Muhal Richard Abrams. Member of Amina Claudine Myers’ Generation IV and Voice Choir. NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts’ BFA in Acting, and MA in Educational Theatre, NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education, drama/theatre in education at University of Leeds, England. www.richardaabrams.com. www.firstbyfaith.com
Stephanie Anuwe (actor) is a Nigerian American actor and voiceover artist. Stephanie appeared in the debut of Goldie Patrick’s “The Surrender” and more recently Paris Crayton’s “In the Middle of the Mess”. You can hear her voice in the Amazon Prime animated short “Between the Pages”. She is excited to be joining the cast of Bethune and grateful to her friends and family for their love and support. MFA: ASDS @Pace. Www.StephanieAnuwe.com
Charles Black* (actor) is very happy to be a part of this wonderful cast. He studied with Anne Jackson, Earle Hyman, and Austin Pendleton among others. Favorite roles include The Writer in Tennessee Williams’ VIEUX CARRE, Medvendenko in Seagull ’69 based on Chekhov’s THE SEAGULL”, both directed by Austin Pendleton, Scar Tissue in Jose Rivera’s MARISOL directed by Paul Mancini. Film and television appearances include various NY Soaps, several Law & Orders, THE DEPARTED, BOARDWALK EMPIRE. Proud member of SAGAFTRA & AEA.
Bryan Hickey* (actor) began at Chicago’s Second City. Then played title role in the Organic Theater’s, Candide, at Public Theater. Two Joseph Jefferson nom. – Best Actor. Title and lead roles in Chicago, NY, L.A., London, Amsterdam. Member Actors Studio. Television appearances in
Chicago and New York and several independent films. Directed and co-produced numerous plays in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York, including long running Jeff Award winning, All I Want.
Judy Jerome* (actor) is a lifetime member of The Actors Studio. Favorite roles include Flora in 27 Wagons Full of Cotton and Myrtle in Kingdom of Earth (St. Luke’s Theatre) and Sara Whitmore in Church and State (Berkshire Theatre Group). She just wrapped the indie film Four Seasons. Her film Cost Of A Soul can be viewed on Grio. Proud member of SAG/AFTRA and Actor’s Equity.
Samuel James Pygatt (actor) As a recent graduate from the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, Samuel first appeared at 3LD media and theater group playing the role of Zane in original play North Carolina, and Roger in Roger and Vanessa. Ecstatic to be back on stage performin BETHUNE: Our Black Velvet Rose, Samuel dedicates his current and future success to his mother, mentor and family located in the city of Philadelphia. Peace, love and kindness.
(*Actors Appearing Courtesy of Actors Equity Association)