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Abena Mensah-Bonsu

 
Bio:
Abena is a New Jersey native and a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. Inspired by her mother's musical background, Abena began singing and writing songs at the young age of 8. After appearing in her first musical during her junior year of high school, Abena was bitten ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Abena is a New Jersey native and a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. Inspired by her mother's musical background, Abena began singing and writing songs at the young age of 8. After appearing in her first musical during her junior year of high school, Abena was bitten ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
MCC Off-Broadway Return Engagement, 2018
Nana
  [Off-Broadway]
MCC World Premiere Production, 2017
Nana
  [Off-Broadway]
Ellis Island Developmental Concert Production, 2016
Ensemble

Photos

Charlie Hudson III, Abena Mensah-Bonsu, Emana Rachelle, Nana Mensah, Sandra Okuboyejo Photo

Charlie Hudson III, Abena Mensah-Bonsu, Emana Rachelle, Nana Mensah, Sandra Okuboyejo, Ade Otukoya

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Abena Mensah-Bonsu

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Abena Mensah-Bonsu

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Charlie Hudson III, Abena Mensah-Bonsu, Emana Rachelle, Jocelyn Bioh, Saheem Ali, Nan Photo

Charlie Hudson III, Abena Mensah-Bonsu, Emana Rachelle, Jocelyn Bioh, Saheem Ali, Nana Mensah, Sandra Okuboyejo, Ade Otukoya

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Bernard Telsey, Charlie Hudson III, Abena Mensah-Bonsu, Ade Otukoya, William Cantler, Photo

Bernard Telsey, Charlie Hudson III, Abena Mensah-Bonsu, Ade Otukoya, William Cantler, Emana Rachelle, Jocelyn Bioh, Nana Mensah, Sandra Okuboyejo, Saheem Ali, Blake West

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Stage

Performances
  [Off-Broadway]
MCC Off-Broadway Return Engagement, 2018
Nana

  [Off-Broadway]
MCC World Premiere Production, 2017
Nana

  [Off-Broadway]
Ellis Island Developmental Concert Production, 2016
Ensemble

Abena Mensah-Bonsu Biography

Abena is a New Jersey native and a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. Inspired by her mother's musical background, Abena began singing and writing songs at the young age of 8. After appearing in her first musical during her junior year of high school, Abena was bitten by the acting bug and the rest is history. She went on to join prestigious, award winning choirs and has participated in numerous theatrical productions.

?Abena has been fortunate enough to work with the likes of the wonderful Marcia Milgrom-Dodge (Tony Award nominated director for the Broadway revival of 'Ragtime') and the outstanding Jason Chaet (director, writer & producer of award-winning film 'Putzel') as well as numerous admirable directors and educators during her time at AMDA. Her talents have been presented across the United States as well as international waters. Abena is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association and she is based out of New York City.

Abena Mensah-Bonsu Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2018 - Ensemble Award Gold Star
Abena Mensah-BonsuSchool Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play

Abena Mensah-Bonsu News

BWW TV: The Cast and Creatives of NOLLYWOOD DREAMS Meet the Press Photo BWW TV: The Cast and Creatives of NOLLYWOOD DREAMS Meet the Press
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 28, 2020

Nollywood Dreams begins performances on Thursday, March 19th, 2020, in the Newman Mills Theater at The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space (511 West 52nd Street), with official opening night set for Monday, April 13th. The cast and creatives of Nollywood Dreams recently met the press and chatted with us about the show.

Photo Coverage: Meet the Cast of MCC's NOLLYWOOD DREAMS Photo Photo Coverage: Meet the Cast of MCC's NOLLYWOOD DREAMS
by Jennifer Broski - Feb 27, 2020

MCC Theater will soon present the World Premiere of Nollywood Dreams by Jocelyn Bioh (MCC Theater's Burnt Umber Playwright-In-Residence) with direction by Saheem Ali. The cast will feature Charlie Hudson, III (A Raisin in the Sun), Outer Critics Circle and Lortel Award nominee Nana Mensah (Man From Nebraska), Sandra Okuboyejo (Hamilton, Chicago), Ade Otukoya ('Shades of Blue'), Emana Rachelle ('Insecure'), and Abena Mensah-Bonsu.

Denise Manning and Abena Mensah-Bonsu Join Cast Of THE FARI CHRONICLES at Joe's Pub Photo Denise Manning and Abena Mensah-Bonsu Join Cast Of THE FARI CHRONICLES at Joe's Pub
by Stephi Wild - Jan 29, 2020

Musical Theatre Factory announces complete casting for The Fari Chronicles: A Metropolis Story, showcasing work from the new afrofuturist musical, Metropolis, in concert on Sunday February 2, 2020, at 9:30pm. Created by AriDy Nox and Brandon Webster this will be a riveting evening featuring songs and scenes from the genre-bending score and time-twisting book of this brand new dystopian musical - It is the night before the Apocalypse and Fari, an Android-Unit turned space-time-continuum anarchist is at the center of the devastation. The Fari Chronicles is a concert rendition of the First Act of the afrofuturist musical Metropolis.

Photo Coverage: The New Group Celebrates Opening Night of ONE IN TWO Photo Photo Coverage: The New Group Celebrates Opening Night of ONE IN TWO
by Jennifer Broski - Dec 11, 2019

The New Group presents Donja R. Love's one in two, featuring Jamyl Dobson, Leland Fowler and Edward Mawere. Directed by Stevie Walker-Webb, one in two just opened last night, December 10. A limited Off-Broadway engagement is slated through January 12 at The Pershing Square Signature Center (The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre, 480 West 42nd Street).

Phoenix Best, Amber Iman, and More Among Latest Vassar Powerhouse Casting Photo Phoenix Best, Amber Iman, and More Among Latest Vassar Powerhouse Casting
by Julie Musbach - Jul 16, 2019

Vassar & New York Stage and Film have announced additional casting for the highly anticipated 35th Powerhouse Season in Poughkeepsie, NY, which continues through Sunday, July 28.

SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY Will Be Filmed for WNET-TV Photo SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY Will Be Filmed for WNET-TV
by Julie Musbach - Dec 5, 2018

MCC Theater announce the last day of school-the final performance of the encore production of the critically acclaimed , award-winning play School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play, written by 2017/18 Tow Playwright-in-Residence, Jocelyn Bioh, and directed by Tony Winner Rebecca Taichman will be December 9, 2018.

MCC Extends SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY Through December 9th Photo MCC Extends SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY Through December 9th
by Julie Musbach - Nov 1, 2018

MCC Theater announced today the extension of the run of the encore production of the critically acclaimed, award-winning play School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play, written by 2017-2018 Tow Playwright-in-Residence, Jocelyn Bioh, and directed by Tony Winner Rebecca Taichman. The encore production opened at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street) on October 22nd and was set to end performances on November 25th. Due to popular demand, the production will now play through December 9, 2018.

Photo Coverage: On The Opening Night Red Carpet for SCHOOL GIRLS Photo Photo Coverage: On The Opening Night Red Carpet for SCHOOL GIRLS
by Jennifer Broski - Oct 23, 2018

MCC Theater's return of the critically acclaimed, sold out, extended, award-winning play School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play, written by 2017-18 Tow Playwright-in-Residence Jocelyn Bioh, and directed by Tony Winner Rebecca Taichman opened last night, October 22nd. The encore production will be performed at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street) from October 16th through November 25th.

Photo Coverage: SCHOOL GIRLS Celebrates Opening Night Photo Photo Coverage: SCHOOL GIRLS Celebrates Opening Night
by Jennifer Broski - Oct 23, 2018

MCC Theater's return of the critically acclaimed, sold out, extended, award-winning play School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play, written by 2017-18 Tow Playwright-in-Residence Jocelyn Bioh, and directed by Tony Winner Rebecca Taichman opened last night, October 22nd. The encore production will be performed at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street) from October 16th through November 25th.

BWW Review:  MCC Encores Jocelyn Bioh's Colorism Drama  SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN Photo BWW Review: MCC Encores Jocelyn Bioh's Colorism Drama SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY
by Michael Dale - Oct 23, 2018

As the grand finale of their fourteen year residency at Christopher Street's Lucille Lortel Theatre, before moving to their brand new Hell's Kitchen digs, Manhattan Class Company brings in an encore engagement of Jocelyn Bioh's Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning drama from last season, the endearing and poignant School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play.

Abena Mensah-Bonsu Videos

BWW TV: The Cast and Creatives of NOLLYWOOD DREAMS Meet the Press VideoBWW TV: The Cast and Creatives of NOLLYWOOD DREAMS Meet the Press
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 28, 2020

Nollywood Dreams begins performances on Thursday, March 19th, 2020, in the Newman Mills Theater at The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space (511 West 52nd Street), with official opening night set for Monday, April 13th. The cast and creatives of Nollywood Dreams recently met the press and chatted with us about the show.

BWW TV: Class is in Session! Meet the Company of MCC's SCHOOL GIRLS, OR THE AFRICAN M VideoBWW TV: Class is in Session! Meet the Company of MCC's SCHOOL GIRLS, OR THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY
by TV - Press Previews - Oct 14, 2017

MCC Theater will soon present the second show of its 2017-18 season: the World Premiere of School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play, written by 2017-18 Tow Playwright-in-Residence Jocelyn Bioh, and directed by Tony Winner Rebecca Taichman.


Abena Mensah-Bonsu Frequently Asked Questions

What awards has Abena Mensah-Bonsu been nominated for?
Ensemble Award (Drama Desk Awards) for School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play .

What awards has Abena Mensah-Bonsu won?
Ensemble Award (Drama Desk Awards) for School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play.