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Maya Angelou

 
Date Of Birth:
April 04, 1928
Date Of Death:
May 28, 2014 (86)
Birth Place:
St. Louis, MO, USA
Bio:
Maya Angelou (1928-2014) was an influential American poet, writer, and activist. She worked various jobs before finding success as a writer, many of which influenced her works. She is best known for her series of seven autobiographical works, the first of which, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: April 04, 1928
Date of Death: May 28, 2014 (86)

Birth Place: St. Louis, MO, USA

Bio:
Maya Angelou (1928-2014) was an influential American poet, writer, and activist. She worked various jobs before finding success as a writer, many of which influenced her works. She is best known for her series of seven autobiographical works, the first of which, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
1973
Elizabeth Keckley

Productions

 
[Off-Off-Broadway, 1979]
Director

Writing

Writer
Bookwriter
Lyricist

Maya Angelou Biography

Maya Angelou (1928-2014) was an influential American poet, writer, and activist. She worked various jobs before finding success as a writer, many of which influenced her works. She is best known for her series of seven autobiographical works, the first of which, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", established her as the first African-America woman to write about her personal life publicly, and endures as one of the most extensively studied works in American schools. Angelous has received over 30 honorary degrees from universities all over the world.

While Angelou's autobiographies are considered to be her most successful works, she also wrote plays, poetry, and screenplays, and was chosen to recite her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at Bill Clinton's inauguration in 1993. She received a Pulitzer Prize nomination for her 1971 volume of poetry entitled "Just Give Me A Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie" .

Angelou also enjoyed a successful acting career and was nominated for a Tony Award in 1973 for her role in the play "Look Away". She appeared as a regular on the television series "Roots" and directed productions in both New York and London.

A one-woman show based on Angelou's life titled "Phenomenal Woman: An Evening With Maya Angelou" will premiere on Broadway in 2021. The show will draw influence from her writings and will include new, never heard before stories about her life. Her son, Guy Johnson, will work with producers David Michael Rich and J. Todd Harris to bring the show to Broadway.

Maya Angelou Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 1973 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play Gold Star
Maya Angelou, Look Away

Maya Angelou News

The Big Funk Company Presents Joanna Pickering's THE ENDGAME in Paris Photo The Big Funk Company Presents Joanna Pickering's THE ENDGAME in Paris
by Stephi Wild - Nov 30, 2022

The Endgame, a new play written by Joanna Pickering, is on the roster for The Big Funk Company (American Theatre in Paris) for their American Friday play reading evening on December 2nd, at Le Pave D’Orsay in Paris. 

Cloud 21 & Kultura PR's Fifth Annual PRODUCTION WITHOUT BORDERS Showcase Set for Nove Photo Cloud 21 & Kultura PR's Fifth Annual PRODUCTION WITHOUT BORDERS Showcase Set for November
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 26, 2022

Cloud 21 International and Kultura PR International will present the fifth Annual Production Without Borders Showcase, a special event to be held on November 6, 2022 at Threshold Entertainment Studios in Santa Monica. The announcement was made today by Gotham Chandna and Nicole Goesseringer Muj.

Review: THE COLOR PURPLE at The Woodlawn Theatre Photo Review: THE COLOR PURPLE at The Woodlawn Theatre
by Bryan Stanton - Oct 16, 2022

Review: ST. LOUIS WOMAN at The Midnight Company At .Zack Theatre Photo Review: ST. LOUIS WOMAN at The Midnight Company At .Zack Theatre
by James Lindhorst - Oct 7, 2022

Hanrahan’s script provides a nostalgic look at St. Louis through the 1900s and the compelling lives of incredibly talented woman. His script is more than just a historic look at some famous St. Louis Women. It is an important lesson in St. Louis Black history, examining the lives of strong African American women who helped shape and improve this world for all women, especially women of color. Laka’s effective portrayal of more than a half-dozen real live artists is due to her ability to disappear into these women, allowing their spirit to inhabit her body. Her versatility allows her to span a century of music performing gospel, jazz, blues, R&B, and rock-and-roll. When she rips into the Music of Tina Turner, Fontella Bass and Ann Peebles at the beginning of the second act, her vocals blow the roof off the theater.

Shriver Hall Concert Series Presents Bass-Baritone Davóne Tines & Pianist Adam Niels Photo Shriver Hall Concert Series Presents Bass-Baritone Davóne Tines & Pianist Adam Nielsen In Tines' Original Program RECITAL #1: MASS
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 29, 2022

Shriver Hall Concert Series (SHCS) — Baltimore's premier presenter of chamber music ensembles and solo recitalists — presents the Baltimore debuts of bass-baritone Davóne Tines and pianist Adam Nielsen in Tines' original program Recital #1: Mass on Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 5:30pm. A pre-concert talk takes place at 4:30pm and is open to all ticket holders.

Harold Sanditen Debuts I GOT RHYTHMS at London's Crazy Coqs Photo Harold Sanditen Debuts I GOT RHYTHMS at London's Crazy Coqs
by Stephi Wild - Sep 26, 2022

Harold Sanditen, international jazz and cabaret favourite, and charismatic host of the Crazy Coqs's longest-running show, his smash hit Open Mic Party, is finally back with a new solo show. I GOT RHYTHMS was originally slated for April 2020, and is finally hitting the Crazy Coqs stage on 8 & 15 October, 2022.

Textile Museum Of Canada to Present 'Simone Elizabeth Saunders: U.n.i.t.y.' Photo Textile Museum Of Canada to Present 'Simone Elizabeth Saunders: U.n.i.t.y.'
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 21, 2022

The Textile Museum of Canada (the Museum) will present Simone Elizabeth Saunders: u.n.i.t.y., an exhibition of works by Simone Elizabeth Saunders, evoking personal history, Afro diaspora, and Black sisterhood through portraits created with bold, colourful textiles.

Ayad Akhtar Will Deliver Lecture On Arts & Public Policy at the Kennedy Center This W Photo Ayad Akhtar Will Deliver Lecture On Arts & Public Policy at the Kennedy Center This Week
by Stephi Wild - Sep 19, 2022

Americans for the Arts announced that acclaimed novelist and playwright Ayad Akhtar will deliver the 34th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts & Public Policy. Akhtar will be introduced by Rockefeller Brothers Fund President and CEO Stephen Heintz, and the evening will feature a performance by artists Rez Abbassi and Kiran Ahluwalia.

Review: Alric Davis' BASHFUL, AND THE NOIZE Creates an Emotional Journey at Sankofa C Photo Review: Alric Davis' BASHFUL, AND THE NOIZE Creates an Emotional Journey at Sankofa Collective
by Armando Urdiales - Sep 14, 2022

Where to begin to explain Alric Davis' semi-autobiographical play Bashful, and the Noize. Equal parts Michael R. Jackson's A Strange Loop, Pasek and Paul's Dear Evan Hansen, and Simon Stephens A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Davis' play is an amalgamation of storylines that are equal parts celebratory of black American life, but also is a play that needs some improvement. While I know this has been a 9 year journey for young Davis, this play has the guts to one day truly be outstanding. There is some polishing that can be done to have the play truly excel and eventually become as iconic and discussed as James Ijames Fat Ham, or Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Gloria.

Harlem Stage Announces 2022-23 Season Featuring BLACK ARTS MOVEMENT: EXAMINED & More Photo Harlem Stage Announces 2022-23 Season Featuring BLACK ARTS MOVEMENT: EXAMINED & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 13, 2022

Harlem Stage has announced highlights of its 2022-2023 season, whose centerpiece is a seven-event series devoted to deepening and unpacking understandings of the Black Arts Movement, its intersections with the larger Black Power Movement, and its historic and cultural relevance in today’s America.

Maya Angelou Videos

VIDEO: Cleo Wade Talks Writer's Block on TODAY SHOW Videoplay
VIDEO: Cleo Wade Talks Writer's Block on TODAY SHOW

by Stage Tube - Oct 28, 2020

Cleo Wade opens up about her experience with writer’s block and shares her favorite quote from Maya Angelou on this episode of “Quoted By” with Hoda Kotb.

VIDEO: Jay Shetty Shares the Maya Angelou He Lives By on TODAY SHOW Videoplay
VIDEO: Jay Shetty Shares the Maya Angelou He Lives By on TODAY SHOW

by Stage Tube - Oct 13, 2020

Jay Shetty explains how a quote from Maya Angelou changed his life and the importance of “love and compassion” on this episode of “Quoted By” with Hoda Kotb.

Rapsody and Vevo Share Live Performance of Serena Videoplay
Rapsody and Vevo Share Live Performance of Serena

by Kaitlin Milligan - Sep 4, 2019

Vevo announces Rapsody as the next artist in their new Ctrl series with a performance of 'Serena' premiering today. 

BWW Review: 17 Years Later RENT Revivals in Brazil
by Claudio Erlichman - Jan 16, 2017

Universal, translated into more than 22 languages and presented in more than 100 cities, RENT gets a new Brazilian production with presentations on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. How do you count one year of your life? The winner of the 4 Tony Awards (Best Musical, Best Song, Best Original Score and Best Supporting Actor), RENT tells a year in the lives of eight young people who have to face the adventures and misadventures of their loves, friendships, conflicts, financial problems, sexuality and the struggle with human finitude. More than a musical, RENT is a chain of love!

VIDEO: THE COLOR PURPLE's Danielle Brooks Brings Maya Angelou Poem to Life in Short Film
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2016

Maya Angelou's poem, 'Phenomenal Woman,' is brought to life in a short film from actress Elizabeth Masucci, starring THE COLOR PURPLE's Danielle Brooks. Check it out below!

STAGE TUBE: Jonathan Groff, Joshua Henry, the Keenan-Bolgers & More Sing for Freedom!
by Stage Tube - Jul 23, 2014

The 12th annual Broadway Stands Up for Freedom benefit concert was a bona fide smash. A cast of Broadway's finest - including Lena Hall, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Condola Rashad, and Robin de Jesus took the stage at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, July 21, 2014 to celebrate the work of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - Arianna Huffington Set for OWN's SUPER SOUL SUNDAY Today
by TV News Desk - May 11, 2014

Oprah sits down with entrepreneur and media mogul Arianna Huffington, founder of “The Huffington Post,” in an all-new episode of “Super Soul Sunday” airing today, May 11 at 11 a.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - Arianna Huffington Set for OWN's SUPER SOUL SUNDAY, 5/11
by Caryn Robbins - May 8, 2014

Oprah sits down with entrepreneur and media mogul Arianna Huffington, founder of “The Huffington Post,” in an all-new episode of “Super Soul Sunday” airing this Sunday, May 11 at 11 a.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

VIDEO: Fergie, Patti Austin, Judith Hill & More Sing to Encourage Voter Registration
by Robert Diamond - Sep 23, 2012

In celebration of National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 25, The Voter Participation Center joins with Balcony Films for a release of a new music video and original song, 'L.O.V.E. (Let One Voice Emerge),' urging women and other unregistered voters to head to the ballot box on November 6. 'Let one voice emerge, let your voice be heard' at the voting booth, the song reminds voters. Unmarried women, persons of color and young people - the Rising American Electorate - comprise 53 percent of the voting eligible population, and yet represent 63 percent of all unregistered citizens.

VIDEO: Dr. Maya Angelou Talks Education & More on MSNBC
by Robert Diamond - Sep 17, 2012

Dr. Maya Angelou sat down for an exclusive interview with her former student turned educator and MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry yesterday to talk about her life and accomplishments, the meaning of courage and the importance of education in forming one's identity. The interview, in two parts, can be viewed and embedded at the below links, and a transcript is also available. If used, kindly credit "Melissa Harris-Perry."


Maya Angelou Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Maya Angelou been in?
Maya Angelou has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

How many West End shows has Maya Angelou been in?
Maya Angelou has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Maya Angelou been nominated for?
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Look Away .

What awards has Maya Angelou won?
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Look Away.

How many shows has Maya Angelou written?
Maya Angelou has written 3 shows including Phenomenal Woman: An Evening With Maya Angelou (Writer), And I Still Rise (Bookwriter), King (Lyricist).