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Height: 5"4   |   Eye Color: Brown  |   Hair Color: Dark Brown

Richarda Abrams, AUDELCO award-winning actress/singer/playwright/producer. Performances: MultiStages, Crossroads Theater, Ivoryton Playhouse, 2ndStage, LaMama, Cherry Lane, Public Theater. Written works: First By Faith: The Life Of Mary McLeod Bethune, BETHUNE: Our Black Velvet Rose and Big Mama and Me. Richarda’s received NYSCA Theater Commissions and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Creative Engagement grants. She is a LMCC SU-CASA artist, fiscally sponsored by New York Foundation for the Arts. Memberships: Actors Studio, ART/NY, Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians co-founded by her father Dr. Muhal Richard Abrams, Episcopal Actors Guild, Dramatists Guild, AEA, SAG-AFTRA, NYWIFT, and League of Professional Theatre Women. Richarda holds a BFA with honors (Acting) New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts & a MA (Educational Theater) NYU’s Steinhardt-University of Leeds, Bretton Hall College, ENGLAND.

For more about Richarda's solo performances/written works:



ACCEPTANCE                                                   Co-Lead                                       Amanda Moresco - Dir.

I AM HERE                                               Supporting                           Francisco Solorzano - Dir.

THE SUBJECT (Chisa Hutchinson)           Supporting                           Lanie Zipoy - Dir.

OREOS WITH ATTITUDE                          Co-Lead                               Larry Carty - Dir. 

NOISES IN THE DARK                              Lead                                    Sesame Street CTW


ONE LIFE TO LIVE                                    Co-Star                                 ABC/James DePaiva      AS THE WORLD TURNS                            Co-Star                                 CBS                        COSBY                                                      Co-Star                                 CBS/John Whitesell


TELLING TALES OUT OF SCHOOL         Jessie Fauset                             NewFederalTheatre|Woodie King

LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT            Gloria                                         LaMaMa ETC.|Estelle Parsons

GUESS WHO IS COMING TO DINNER   Tillie                                           Ivoryton Playhouse

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES                  Little Coochie Snorcher           HERE Arts Center

FEAR ITSELF (World Premier)                    Ivory                                           Crossroads Theatre Company

FIRST BY FAITH                                          13 Character Solo Show           United Solo Theatre & NBTF     BETHUNE: Our Black Velvet Rose             Mary McLeod Bethune            TheaterLab

365DAYS/365PLAYS Finale                         Sin Collector                             Public Theatre

ASCENSION                                                Tillie                                           Cherry Lane Theatre

CONTRIBUTION                                         Katy Jones                                 2nd Stage Theatre

48 HOURS IN … HARLEM                          Stereo.Yooooo.Yo Actress       HARLEM9

THIS BIRD OF DAWNING SINGETH         Nancy Ferrett                            Actors Studio | Paul Calderon



CD: Song for All                                        Vocalist/ Co-Songwriter       IREC/Muhal Richard Abrams

Muhal Richard Abrams Ensemble              Vocalist                                Roulette                             

Amina Claudine Myers Generation IV       Gospel Vocalist                    WinterJazz|BRICJazz|SPAIN 

Amina Claudine Myers Voice Choir           Jazz/Gospel Vocalist            Sons D’Hiver Festival/FRANCE



*NEW YORK UNIVERSITY (NYU), Tisch School of The Arts, Experimental Theatre Wing, B.F.A. with honors in Drama

*NYU, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, M.A. (Educational Theatre)

*University of Leeds, Bretton Hall College (ENGLAND)- Drama and Theatre in Education

*Music Theory: Dr. Muhal Richard Abrams co-founder of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) 

*Voice: Amina Claudine Myers

Special Skills

Double Dutch Rope Jumper, African Dance, Roller Skating, Host, Improvisation, Singer, Teleprompter. Valid Passport. Accents: Midwestern, Standard and Southern American, British RP Local Hire: New York and Chicago

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