Colette (Colie) Williams is a singer/songwriter, actor, teacher and writer born and raised in the Bronx, NY. She is currently promoting her new single “Natural” that follows the successful debut of her CD “Light Up The Darkness” released in 2011. Colette has identified her music as-“Holistic Soul”-music that infuses a variety of rhythms, feel good music that lifts and inspires. A consummate actress, Colie has appeared has worked on stages across the country, performing with the Kennedy Center and with various theater companies since the late 1990’s. A long-time member of Liberated Muse Arts group, Colie is humbled and delighted to be part of the cast of “In Her Own Words”.
“This piece is so powerful,” she says. “It is imperative to me to be a part of art that speaks truth and empowerment.” Colette continues to spread her words and music in live performance. She and her band have a 5-year music residency at Jo-Jo’s Restaurant every Wednesday night in the U Street corridor of Washington DC. “I can connect to all the ancestor artists depicted in “In Her Own Words”. Their lives and experiences reinforce my passion and dedication to using art as a vehicle for change.” Colie will portray Billie Holiday during the 2014 season. Visit her online at ColieWilliams.com
Shauntince D. Wyatt is a Maryland-based model and actress who will be portraying the original character Cass in the 2014 production of “In Her Words”. Shauntice studied theatre at Grambling State University and has performed in numerous stage productions, including Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls”, “A Mood for Mrs. Eunice” by Rahima Rice and “The Fabric of She” by Carlyncia Peck where she portrayed the legendary Dorothy Dandridge. When talking about acting on stage, she says, “… this is where I belong.” Visit her website here.
Lyn Artope returns for her second season of “In Her Words”. This season, she will be portraying writer Lucille Clifton. Lyn is originally from Brooklyn, New York, but currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland where she works creatively as an aspiring writer and an emerging actor. She began her career in 2010 in the Capital Fringe Fest production of the play Running: AMOK. DCist described her portrayal in Running: AMOK as a “pleasant surprise” with “comedic banter”.
Lyn is working on co-producing her first stage production as part of Liberated Muse Arts Group with an anticipated release in late 2014.
Dior Ashley Brown will portray Zora Neale Hurston in the 2014 season of “In Her Words”. Dior Ashley Brown is a native Washingtonian born in the District of Columbia and raised all over the country and overseas. A hip-hop artist and actor, Dior’s work focuses on the strength and tradition of young American women in the arts. She is a board member with the theater company Live Garra Theater and is a producing artist who regularly produces cultural programming throughout the Washington DC area. When asked why she chose to be a part of “In Her Words”, she says, “I am a poet, musician and actor. I believe that these women [portrayed in the production] are an extension of me, and me of them. I also enjoy the community of women, reminding themselves of past pioneers and the beauty of it, knowing that Sankofa is necessary, reaching back into the past to bring to the present.” Follow her on Twitter.
Anisha “Mama Moon” Newbill is a singer, poet and actress. She is also owner of the beauty company Shea Ma. She has performed throughout the east coast as a solo artist and part of the band Uninterrupted, sharing the stage with such greats as Saul Williams, Fertile Ground , Amiri Baraka, Kevin Powell, Ndambi, Raheem Devaughn, Fishbone, John Legend, Asheru, and a host of others.. She has been featured in The Washington City Paper, WPFW 89.3’s news show Sophie’s Parlor, Joe’s Place on WHUR 96.3 and other media outlets. Anisha is a wife and mother of two girls, dedicated to this performance, portraying a woman who she has described as one of her premiere artistic muses. She has portrayed the artist Nina Simone since 2012 and has amassed critical acclaim for her emotional performance. Visit her online HERE.
Kareema Wambuii debuts the character portrayal of dancer “Katherine Dunham” during the 2014 season of “In Her Words”. Kareema joins the cast following past work in the award-winning production of “The Color Purple” by the Tantallon Community Players, “The Laundry Room” presented by the DC Black Theater Festival and “The Vagina Monologues” produced by Camille Paris Events. Kareema is based in Washington DC and of her involvement with “In Her Words”, she says, “I love performing! I especially love to bring to life a character when it comes to portraying the glory and struggle of women in the past. We have gone through so much and continue to strive for our place in society in a positive light.”
Khadijah “Moon” Ali-Coleman is founder of Liberated Muse Arts Group, a production house for cultural arts events. She will be directing and producing “In Her Words”, as well as portraying the legendary Lena Horne for the 2014 season.
She has an extensive resume in the performing arts, appearing as a performer on numerous stages across the country. As an actor and poet, she has won awards and recognition for her moving work as a performer, producing artist and wordsmith, awarded recognition as a “Woman of Power” from eMedia in 2011, and in 2012 recognized by the Prince George’s County, Maryland Innovation Fund as a “Top Forty UNDER 40″ awardee in the Arts & Humanities and a 2012 Artist of Distinction by the organization Womanifesting, Inc.
She edited the books Liberated Muse Volume I: How I Freed My Soul (Outskirts Press, 2009) and Liberated Muse Volume II: Betrayal Wears a Pretty Face (Liberated Muse Publications, 2012) and released her first poetry chapbook Revisionist Tale in 2010. She has appeared in numerous books, journals and creative writing online sites. Since then, she has worked with numerous writers as a creativity coach and freelance editor. Currently, she serves as an adjunct faculty member at Northern Virginia Community College in their department of Communication Studies and Theater. Besides “In Her Words”, two of her full-length original plays have been produced, her second play “Running: AMOK” debuting in the 2010 Capital Fringe Fest. Two of her 10-minute plays have been produced, performed by the defunct theater company The Saartjie Project as part of their “Deconstructing the Myth of the Booty” tour 2008-2010.
As a singer, she has appeared on the television show Showtime at the Apollo and was a winner during Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. Her single “Unbound” can be downloaded from iTunes.
She lives with her family in Maryland.
Learn more about her HERE.