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Notable Negro Ensemble Company Alumni:

Notable Alumni


 Original Resident Company The Negro Ensemble Company 1968/69:

Rosalind Cash                Hattie Winston                   Norman Bush                       David Downing

William Jay                    Arthur French                     Julis W Harris                     Damon Brazwell

Esther Rolle                   Clarice Taylor                      Mari Toussaint                    Frances Foster

Anita Wilson                  Allie Woods                         Samuel Bush, Jr.                  Edmund Cambridge

James S. Lucas


The Negro Ensemble Company Founders:

Douglas Turner Ward                 Robert Hooks                    Gerald Krone


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Ciera Payton


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Sonya on NBC”s Mercy, He Said, She Said: A Romantic Comedy at Times Square Theatre Center THE WAY HOME: A short film written and directed by Faythallegra Coleman.Midnight Bayou w/Faye Dunaway, Jerry O’Connell, Lauren Stamille (Lifetime Newtork- Airing again on April 16th 4:00pm)August Brown Play reading written by Jerome Preston Bates dir. by Passion Past credits Flight of Fury costarring with Steven Seagal and Lords of the Streets with DMX and Khris Kristofferson               Facebook      twitter          WWW.CIERAPAYTON.COM   instagram

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Clinton Lowe

Clinton Lowe leads in Fuse Network’s “The Hustle”,  guest starred in “Law & Order: SVU” & “Prime Suspect”, co-starred in “Blue Bloods” & “NYC 22″, HBO Pilot ‘Last of the Ninth”, “American Gangster” against Russell Crowe (Dir. Ridley Scott). Plays include Romeo & Juliet, The Othello Project, Three Sisters, Homage 3: Illmatic, The Great Mac Daddy (Negro Ensemble Co.) and the Broadway Workshop of “Holler If Ya Hear Me” a new musical inspired by the work of Tupac Shakur (Dir. Kenny Leon). Follow, or on FB.

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    Jonathan McCrory 202.321.0807 JONATHAN MCCRORY See Bio
    • Obie Award Winning artist currently the Director of Theatre Arts Program at Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre. He has worked professionally as a director, producer and actor. In 2013 he was awarded the Emerging Producer Award by the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston Salem, NC and the Torch Bearer Award in 2013 by Woodie King Jr. In 2012 he officially became a published journalist and within that same year he began serving on the advisory board for the organization.  In 2013 he curated a week on The State of Black Theatre on [Click Here To Learn More] He also is a graduate of the American Express Leadership Academy 2014 and through NBT has been through the DeVos Professional Development program at BAM 2014. Founding Member of The Movement Theatre Company: Directing:HandsUp, Blacken the Bubble, Enter Your Sleep, Hope Speaks, Wake, Last Laugh, With Out Trace and Asking For More. Hope Speaks.LA MAMA THEATRE/ TOURING, Roots of Rap at IRT, TARGET MARGIN THEATER’S THE THEATER OF TOMORROW: Innovation in American Theater 1900-1946selections from COLD KEENER by Zora Neale Hurston

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    Barbara Asare Bediako Actor/Writer of One Woman Show  "Removing the Mask" and "Secret Mist of Blue"

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    Barbara Asare Bediako Actor/Writer 

    Solo Performance Artist
    Barbara K. Asare-Bediako Washington Shakespeare Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, The Atlantic Theater, Black Tale w/ Rae Dawn Chong, And My Name Ain’t Peaches (Access Theatre), Edward III & Death and the King’s Horseman (Washington Shakespeare Company), Separate Is Not Equal and We Shall Overcome (Smithsonian Museum Theatre). TV/Film credits: Snowden Crossing (Public Access Television), Temporary Dreams (BK Thriving Productions), and Some Kind of Justice (Pocket Change Productions).Barbara was selected to represent NEC Rep in a One-on-one meeting with CBS VP, Casting Fern Orenstein (Hollywood) as part of The CBS Diversity Intensive Workshop Writing Solo Performance Artist :credits include “Secret Mist of Blue”, a short film centering around the music and love life of 1920s Blues singer Bessie Smith, presented at the 2012 DC Queer Theatre Festival; “Bad Medicine”, a full length play presented at the 2011 Kennedy Center Annual Page-To-Stage New Play Festival; “Commitment” a full-length play , in workshop development with the BraveSoul Collective Theatre; and “Weirdo: An Ethnography of Deviance” a solo performance play
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Actor, radio personality began moving crowds through showcases and comedy shows. He strengthened his voice via radio. C Truth later embraced acting, completing five plays, four indie movies as well as an appearance on TV Land’s Game Time. He was a peer instructor through th SEO Program, giving highschool students hands on experience in the arts. C Truth 347-739-5030.


Alysia Joy Powell

Alysia Joy Powell Nannie Alicia on NBC’s Mysteries of Laura

Alysia Joy Powell  on NBC’s Mysteries of Laura    Monologue Slam Winner

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Actor, singer, poet, screenwriter, stand up comic, director, and producer. Film and TV including credits like: #NannieAlicia on NBC’s Mysteries of Laura, Desperate House Wives, a recurring role on Everybody Hates Chris, Scrubs, NYPD Blue, and The Shield,  She reigns as the Two Time Manhattan Monologue Slam Champion.  Stage “Who Is A Virtuous Woman”, director, Wendy McKenzie,  20th Century Fox Film, The Sitter with Jonah Hill, “Excuse Me For Living” with Tom Pelphrey from Guiding Light, Dick Cavett, Robert Vaughn, and Chistopher Lloyd. Is working on a One Woman Show and The Gotham Comedy Club with her stand-up skills. Twitter  Alysia Joy Powell –


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    Credits: Recently booked first feature film lead in” Speed” and “Recreator”
    “Zooman and the Sign” – Victor Tate w/ Negro Ensemble Co.@ Signature Theatre
    “Law & Order”

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    Smith Talent Group – 212-290-8958

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    Tomike Ogugua is a Nigerian-American actor and Hip Hop Artist based in NYC. After earning a BFA in Acting from North Carolina A&T State University his professional career was born in the Chicago theatre scene, making appearances in plays with Pegasus Players, CAASE, Thymely Theatre, and others before making the leap to NYC. Also an alum of Negro Ensemble Co., recent TV/film credits include: “Broken City”, “The Tested”, “Celebrity Ghost Stories”, “See You Next Tuesday”, and “Fatal Encounters”. Regional/NYC Theatre credits include: “Romeo & Juilet” (CT Free Shakespeare), “Julius Caesar” (NPC), Savannah Black & Blue” (NEC), “Seven Gutars” (Congo Square), “20th YPF” (Pegasus Players) and others.The up and coming Rapper is currently working on his upcoming Mixtape “Kedu”, and recently performed at The Shrine in Harlem in a line up that includes Hip Hop act Black Steelz, among other notables. He can currently be seen as James in Gene Patterson’s gritty Web Series “Satisfaction” #satisfactionseries Reel:–c

    Also: Dad in NEC’s ‘Savannah Black and Blue’ as Dad (“Tomike Ogugua as Savannah’s absentee but loving Dad is both touching and credible”. -BackStage), Tribeca Film Festival selection ‘The Tested’ as Rudy (supporting) starring Aunjanue Ellis, The Sun and The Moon as Sam (lead) at Paul Robeson Theatre , the new music video ‘Know What I Mean’ by Hip Hop star Freeway (principle), directed by Rik Cordero, ‘Magic Crown’ at Black Spectrum Theatre and ‘Sticky’s The Devil Made Me Do It’ at The Bowery Poetry Club,Ryan Guiterman’s short film ‘Man Is The Only..’ as Security Guard (supporting) and Haruhito Naka’s short film ‘Into The New World’ as Sam (supporting). OSUN (Oshun The Goddess of Love) A Yoruba Dance Drama by David D Wright directed by Roderick Giles @ Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre

    Gillian Todd

    Gillian Todd


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Gillian Todd is an actress and producer, known for Socks (2015), Served Raw (2015) and The Flying Dutchman (2001).



Keona Welch A Raisin in the Sun

Keona Welch A Raisin in the Sun

Didn’t I Ask for Tea? (Short) (post-production) Mia
Riot (Short) Bridgette
Candy (Short) Annie
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series) Rebecca
Law & Order (TV Series) Marissa Rumstead

SAM ENCARNACION BIO-played Elegba at Syracuse Stage. Nini in Zayd Dhorn’s Long Way Go Down for The Harold Clurman Lab Theatre (East Coast Premiere). Other credits include Thomas in The Devil and Thomas Briggs at The Peoples Theatre Lab (World Premiere), Lincoln in Top Dog/UnderDog, Emmanuel in Anton Dudley’s Letters to the End of the World (Original cast), Aaranow in Glengarry Glen Ross, Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Silvius in As You Like It, and Leonardo in Federico Garcia Lorca’s Bodas De Sangre at the Gala Hispanic Theatre in Washington D.C. He has trained at The Negro Ensemble Company (NYC) and is an alumnus of the conservatory at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting (NYC, 2007).Stage credits include Off-Broadway debut in The Passage- Tales from the Maafa. A Midsummer Night’s Dream ;NYC,TopDog/UnderDog;NYC,Glengarry Glen Ross ;NYC, Blood Weddings at GALA Hispanic Theatre;DC, and Anton Dudley’s Letters to the End of the World (world premiere) NYC. Film: Slaves of Crime as Quemao, produced by Abel Ferrara &  Owen O’Conner’s Itsy Bitsy Spider as Pierre(Spring 2010) Sam was selected to represent NEC Rep in a One-on-one meeting with CBS VP, Casting Fern Orenstein (Hollywood) as part of The CBS Diversity Intensive Workshop see IMDb

Kasadé  actor, poet, singer

Featured in several Independent films such as A Circle of Time, August Rush  and As Wild as They Come, and has toured all over the east coast with different acting companies. Theatre credits include: her One Woman Show at many venues. Featured poet : Spiritual Cleansing  on  Spin Radio/ N.Y.C,  Growing Up Gracefully In   Silver Poets/ Bk, NY


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AEA, SAGQuester’ s film King of Guangzhou  featured in New Voices Film Festival NYC. After participation in NEC Training Program and NEC Monthly Meet, he was selected to join the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Film Production in Singapore. He was seen in The Negro Ensemble Company’s production of How Many Times Must We Say Goodbye and An Ode to the Washermen at the Midtown International Theater Festival. He has worked with Stageplays Theatre Company, Dog Run Rep, Horizon Theatre Rep/Theatre Row, Pennsylvania Centre Stage, Fleetwood stage, 12 Miles West Theater, LAByrinth Theater Company and New Horizons Theater, playing the lead in Susan-Lori Parks Top Dog Under Dog. Quester holds an M.F.A in acting from The Pennsylvania State University and has trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He will be pursuing an M.F.A in Film Production from NYU Tisch Asia this fall. Quester would like to thank God for His many blessings, family for their support and Marie McKinney for the opportunity to touch the stage in Carolyn Nur Wistrand’s RISING as part of The Midtown Theatre Festival. Quester was selected to represent NEC Training Program in a One-on-one meeting with CBS VP, Casting Fern Orenstein (Hollywood) as part of The CBS Diversity Intensive Workshop

David J. Cork

David J Cork

is a young actor, singer, and writer from Indianapolis, Indiana. After briefly studying at Atlanta, Georgia’s Clark Atlanta University, he transferred to New York University to gain his BFA in Drama from Tisch School of the Arts. Aside from his studies, David has participated in numerous off-off Broadway productions, performing in venues such as the Kraine Theatre, The Producer’s Club, and Cherry Lane Theatre. Previous credits include Ragtime (Indianapolis), Fame (Indianapolis), Fences (Atlanta), and Eden (Atlanta). David is thankful to be working with the prestigious Negro Ensemble Company, following on the footsteps of one of his role models, Denzel Washington. He hopes that by collaborating with the NEC will continue to grow into a promising artist.


John Elmore

John Elmore

actor, writer, comedian, gospel choir director 646 467 1299   Brilliant comic timing!!

ANGELA LOGAN  See Cake Boss Video


Sassy’s Variety Show at Broadway Comedy Club April 9 6:30pm

Recently seen on many primetime talk shows for her program “Fighting Foreclosure One Cake at a Time”


Malikia Causey

Actor. Writer, Singer was born in Detroit Michigan gives back to her community and communities known to society as poor, desolate, drug infested, high crime activity .. “at risk”.  Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Minor in Mass Communications. major in Human Services. Malikia had always endured a strong passion for Acting and the Arts. So many people have a story to tell both good and bad. Ms. Malikia shares those stories through  creative writing.  Malikia’s training for acting began with the Negro Ensemble Company.  Her performances include: NEC’s Playwriting series; The Rising & Petal Pushin directed by Marie McKinney. Performed with the Hearts of Hannah Organization for Women; Yesterday I Died Today I Lived by Kelly Moss. Monologue The Hairpiece for The Grace of God’s Women Ministry in Paterson, New Jersey.

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Lela Bryant is an actress and a dance instructor who hails from Oakland California. A graduate of NYU Tisch school of the Arts she enjoys playing strong characters and worships the underdog.  Past credits include Black Thang (Gene Frankel Theater),

Photograph Lover’s in Motion (The Shop Theater), One Life to Live, Wifey (VH1/BET Pilot), and various commercials.  Thanks to all my family and friends for your constant support. Check out for info on her empowering dance classes for women.

Working on The Negro Ensemble’s production of  “Sundown Names and Night Gone Things” was for me an awesome experience. I had the good fortune of working with some outstanding actors under the direction of the incomparable Woodie King Jr.on a great play by the renowned Leslie Lee.

Ralph McClain

Lindsay Strachen KUBBI Ralph McClain Fern Orenstein Negro Ensemble Co at CBS NY

The technical staff ingeniously created an office on the South Side of Chicago, circa 1930. How  wonderful it was to live in that world if only for a couple of hours each night. Not surprisingly, we were nominated for an Audelco Award for Best Ensemble Cast. All we needed was some additional  green backs to sustain a longer run.  But they don’t come so easy;  as i found out. – Ralph McClain

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Keith Walker

Keith Walkeris a recent graduate at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. He was just seen in the African American Woman’s Theater Festival directed by Bonnie Wright. He is a part of the sketch comedy group Sketch My Life! which performed in February. His credits include The Music Man, Little Shop of Horrors, and the Wizard of Oz.

Nicholas Miles Newton

Nicholas Miles Newton is a transplant from Georgia. featured in The Negro Ensemble Companys : Colored Peoples Time by Leslie Lee and Black Classics vs. Shakespeare: Round 1.

I’ve got many reasons not to be an actor but you can’t run from destiny.

C. Niambi Steele, NEC ALUMN, Veteran actress & musical artist

Back-up Singer: STAX RECORDS;
Solo Jazz Vocalist: BRO. JACK McDUFF
OOB: LaMama,etc, “THE HOTEL PLAY”;
Best Director, Eric Coleman
character, ‘LUTIEBELLE’
Currently On TOUR— “SISTA GIRL”. Letty’s Gospel Theater, Fredericksburg, VA
Opening city– Indianapolis, IN., May 8-9, 2010 for further tour info
“The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”
Marcel Proust

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“-Through the actors instrument workshop, I received a deeper knowledge of my body, strengthened my imagination and gained the confidence to fulfill any role offered to me.The tools which allow me to feel that my success is dependent on my self, the work I put toward it, and the specificity of my choices.” SAM ENCARNACION

Donate scholarships to NEC Training Program Actors and Writers and our free NEC Monthly Meets. Send tax deductible contributions to: Negro Ensemble Company Training Program c/o  Marie McKinney 303 West 42 St Suite 501 New York, NY 10030    Now!


Current: Hamletmachine at Castillio Thr,  Film & TV: Misunderstood, directed by The Wire’s  Clark Johnson; Law & Order; One Life to Live; and “Red Lobster” commercial! Theater: Wild About Harry,  History of the Word(tour), Roots of Rap, written by Marie McKinney; and Jim Jones: Hip Hop Monologues, artist’s latest  2009 album.

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Dara Frazier-Harper
Dara Frazier-Harper
Dara Frazier-Harper is a writer and actress. An excerpt of her play “Passing” was produced by NEC in March 2008. She also wrote “Shades Of War.” Dara has hosted TV shows on Comcast Cable and ABC’s Black Family Channel.

Kimberlyn Crawford greets audience at The Negro Ensemble Company’s Savannah Black & Blue by Raymond Jones

KIMBERLYN CRAWFORD’s reviews in Sold Out Performances of  Savannah Black & Blue by Raymond Jones reviews Producer: “SHHH!! Sex Play” Readings, NEC tech. design support  KAVON Producer of The MisAdventures of Olive Sukin

Edward K. Robinson

Edward Robinson

From Detroit, Michigan, grad of Michigan State University, in Advertising. interned and performed for the Boars Head Professional Theater in Lansing, Michigan. Credits: Casca in Julius X, at The Plowshares Theater, Bobby Parker in Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, at  Detroit Repertory Theatre .  Currently attends the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts in Manhattan. Edward would like to thank his family and the NEC family for all of their love, guidance, and support. Ed waswas selected to respresent NEC Rep in a One-on-one meeting with CBS VP, Casting Fern Orenstein (Hollywood) as part of The CBS Diversity Intensive Workshop

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Jillian Walker is writing and recording her debut album under the independent record label Dy’Kon Music ( , Reading of Walking With a Panther (Red Harlem Readers) ,TV Pilot Graves (S-Class Conceptions). Jillian was selected to respresent NEC Rep in a One-on-one meeting with CBS VP, Casting Fern Orenstein (Hollywood) as part of The CBS Diversity Intensive Workshop

Kubbi Kubbi’s Screenplay “Shenika’s Redemption” accolades: Beverly Hills Film Festival in Los Angeles in April.   Facebook   Instagram

Soul Hop Live!, Triangle Profiles with Gayle Hurd on Time Warner Cable, Othello The Painter, Two Glasses, EROTIC CITY – The #1 Live Tribute 2 PRINCE, Vanguard Ad


Now in rehearsal for Mid-Summer Nights Dream at the Pulse Ensemble Theatre.

“Bitter Crop” at Manahattan Rep Theatre, Graduate of The New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts:School for Film and Television and BFA from Southern Methodist University, Dallas,Texas.           Native of Detroit.
Ryan was selected to represent NEC Rep in a One-on-one meetingwith CBS VP, Casting Fern Orenstein (Hollywood) as part of The CBS Diversity Intensive Workshop

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Soyini Crenshaw

Soyini Crenshaw, recent graduate of the Actors Studio Drama School @ Pace University. I received my MFA in Acting in 2009.  I thank God for this opportunity to be making my post-graduate New York theatrical debut in Colored People’s Time by Leslie Lee in the Midtown International Theatre Festival by Leslie Lee.  I appreciate my family and friends for their support.

Jeniere Bailey


co-hosts Mass Appeal Radio on, is a blogger on wellness, and has performed stand-up comedy at  Gotham Comedy Club, Carolines, and Broadway Comedy Club. She has trained as an actor/stand-up comedian at The Barrow Group, Weist Barron, NEC, and The American Comedy Institute.

He who knows others is learned;he who knows himself is wise – Lao Tzu

Tavarius Graves

Tavarius Graveshas been acting since age 7 when he joined “The Keepers Of The Dream Team”; an ensemble formed to reach the inner-city youth of Miami, Florida through cultural arts. He has also received many awards as a writer, one being the Young Author’s Award. Film credits includes the role of Tony Wong in the short film  Lucky Number 21, which received great reviews at the 2007 Project 21 Film Festival in Philadelphia. Tavarius can be reached via email at

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