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Nafeesa Monroe

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Nafeesa Monroe has been a professional film, television and stage actress for over twenty years in Los Angeles, New York, and DC. Credits include: Off-Off Broadway: Backhouse Theatre Co.: Hello Herman (Sheyla Duvall). Regional: Folger Shakespeare Company: Julius Caesar (Soothsayer/Artimedorus); Annapolis Shakespeare Company: Hamlet (Gertrude); Shakespeare & Company: Love’s Labours Lost (Rosaline); Mother Courage (Yvette). Paradise Theatre: Byron’s Don Juan (Hadee), Three Sisters (Olga). Shakespeare Thtr Co./ACA: King Lear (Goneril), The Malcontent (Emilia). L.A. Women’s Shakespeare: As You Like It (Jacques de Boys). Theatreworks: Miami Lights (Cookie). Robey Theatre Co.: For the Love Of Freedom Parts 1-3 (Gold / Letitia). Film/T.V.: Gridiron Gang, HBO’s Def Poetry, The Bold and the Beautiful, I’m Through with White Girls, and Jamie Foxx Show.

As a spoken word artist, Nafeesa has opened for Jewel, appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry, and performed alongside bestselling author Neale Donald Walsch. She has been featured in magazines like Ave, and Sister 2 Sister, and graced the cover of the Long Beach View. She is a graduate of The Meisner School of Acting and received her MFA from The Shakespeare Theatre Company's Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University. Nafeesa’s one woman show “The Journey to Becoming Super Woman,” premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland to four star reviews and has traveled to universities and theatre festivals throughout the U.S and the U.K.

Nafeesa is a mastered martial artist and also works as a Stage Violence Designer and stage combat instructor for all ages. Most recently she designed the on stage violence for The Duchess of Malfi and Winter’s Tale performed in rep in Washington, DC.

As the founder and artistic director of Classics In Color: A Theatre Company, Nafeesa hopes to bring her decades of experience to a new vital company focused on inclusion especially in the works considered classics.

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CYRANO DE BERGERAC to Return to the Shaw Festival

Everyone’s favourite lovelorn duellist is returning to the Shaw Festival. The Chris Abraham-directed, Kate Hennig-adapted Cyrano de Bergerac, Edmond Rostand’s tale of unrequited and selfless love, begins previews Sunday, March 20 at the Royal George Theatre.

Casting And Creative Teams Announced for Shaw Festival's 60th Anniversary Season

Artistic Director Tim Carroll has announced casting and creative teams for the Shaw Festival’s 60th anniversary season.

Shaw Festival to Present OUTDOORS @ THE SHAW - A Fresh Air Summer Fête

Artistic Director Tim Carroll and the Shaw Festival have announced Outdoors @ The Shaw, a series of concerts and events scheduled to take place from July 10 to October 9, 2021 on the grounds of the Festival Theatre and Royal George Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake. 

Shaw Festival Announces Casting and Creative Teams for 2021 Main Season Productions

Artistic Director Tim Carroll has announced casting for the Shaw Festival’s upcoming productions of Charley’s Aunt, Flush, The Devil’s Disciple, Sherlock Holmes and the Raven’s Curse, A Short History of Niagara and Trouble in Mind.

BWW Review: TOP GIRLS at American Conservatory Theatre

With exceptional direction, a brilliant and moving cast, and a script that is painfully relevant, this Top Girls is top-notch.

Photo Flash: First Look At Caryl Churchill's TOP GIRLS At A.C.T.'s Geary Theater

Top Girls performing at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater now through Sunday, October 13, 2019. 

A.C.T. Kicks Off the 2019�"20 Season with Caryl Churchill's TOP GIRLS in September

Tony Award winner and American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) Artistic Director Pam MacKinnon announced today the full cast and creative team for Caryl Churchill's Top Girls, opening A.C.T.'s 2019a?"20 season.

BWW Review: A Riveting SWEAT at Pioneer Theatre Company

Pioneer Theater Company stages a riveting SWEAT. The production is more than worthy of the drama's credentials as a 2017 Best Play Tony nominee and winner of the year's Pulitzer Prize.

BWW Interview: Mary B. Robinson Directs the 'Fascinating, Thought-Provoking and Enlightening' Pulitzer Prize-Winner SWEAT at Pioneer Theatre Company

Mary B. Robinson, director of SWEAT at Pioneer Theatre Company, says the Pulitzer Prize-winner contains 'nine characters [that] are created with empathy and humanity, demonstrating the 'curiosity not judgment' mantra of Playwright Lynn Nottage.'

SWEAT Runs March 29 Through April 13 At Pioneer Theatre Company

Salt Lake City Pioneer Theatre Company presents Lynn Nottage's award-winning drama, Sweat, in its Utah regional premiere, running Friday, March 29 April 13, 2019.

BWW Review: HENRY V at Hartford Stage

In Shakespeare's day his plays served multiple purposes. In some cases, they created an escape for the people to forget their troubles and laugh or revel with and through the characters on stage. In others, the stories served as cautionary tales that made audiences think about their own lives through the lens of the troubles portrayed. Yet it was Shakespeare's history plays that aimed to take a pivotal moment in history and not only bring it to life for the audience to witness (and hopefully understand better), but to ground those stories in the present and allow those in attendance (and possibly those in power) to learn from the mistakes of the past. Thus, is the case with HENRY V, the current production being mounted at Hartford Stage.

Review Roundup: HENRY V at Hartford Stage

Henry V is the first Shakespeare production, and the second play overall, in Hartford Stage's 55-year history to be staged in the round. In addition to Grush, the ensemble cast - comprised of half men and half women - features Karen Aldridge as Exeter, Miles Anderson as Pistol, Kate Forbes as the Constable of France and Burgundy, Peter Francis James as the Chorus and Sir Thomas Erpingham, Felicity Jones Latta as the Archbishop of Canterbury, Nym and Alice, and Baron Vaughn as Fluellen and Mistress Quickly. Hartford Stage Associate Artistic Director Elizabeth Williamson will helm the production, which marks her Shakespeare directorial debut for the Tony Award-winning theatre.

Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsals For HENRY V at Hartford Stage

Check out rehearsal photos for Henry V at Hartford Stage below!

Stephen Louis Grush to Lead HENRY V at Hartford Stage

Hartford Stage Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak and Managing Director Michael Stotts announced today the cast and creative team for Henry V, which will be performed Thursday, October 11, through Sunday, November 11. Stephen Louis Grushportrays the English king.

Project1VOICE Honors The Lifetime Achievements Of Vinnette Carroll, Hope Clarke, Harold Wheeler And Hattie Winston-Wheeler

Project1VOICE One Play One Day 2018 is set with national staged readings of Pearl Cleage's Flyin' West on Sunday, June 17, and Monday, June 18. Theater companies, museums, colleges and universities around the country unite for this eighth annual theater celebration that revives and re-introduces forgotten classic plays in the American theater. Check your local listings for exact dates and times in your area.

Much Ado About Classics In Color

Classics in Color: An INclusive Theatre Company (CiC) brings the classical story of 'Much Ado About Nothing' in Shakespeare's words to present day New York City, March 21st - 25th, 2018. 'Much Ado' is CiC's first full solo production as a company, allowing its mission to shine in every aspect of the production: inclusive casting, inclusive producing team, inclusive team of designers, performed in a fully accessible venue, for audiences and actors with, or without, disabilities.

PTC presents World Premiere of /i/ by Jeff Talbott

Pioneer Theatre Company presents the World Premiere of i by Jeff Talbott. The new play was featured in our 2016-2017 Play-by-Play new play reading season and will take the main stage Friday, Feb. 16 through Saturday, March 3, 2018.

Cast Announced for REBEL VOICES at Culture Project

Culture Project, New York's home for socially conscious theater, announces the cast and creative team of REBEL VOICES: Stories, Speeches, and Songs of Resistance, written by Rob Urbinati and directed by Will Pomerantz.

Cast Announced for REBEL VOICES at Culture Project

Culture Project, New York's home for socially conscious theater, announces the cast and creative team of REBEL VOICES: Stories, Speeches, and Songs of Resistance, written by Rob Urbinati and directed by Will Pomerantz.

Photo Coverage: On the Red Carpet for the 62nd Annual Drama Desk Awards!

The 62nd Annual Drama Desk Awards, hosted by Michael Urie, were held at The Town Hall (123 W. 43rd Street) just last night, June 4th.

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