Sheila Kay Davis
Sheila Kay Davis hails from sunny Daytona Beach, Florida. Her parents, Carrie Pittman and Lucius Davis, had a fateful meeting at Bethune-Cookman College, where they worked alongside the legendary Mary McLeod Bethune. It was here that Sheila's journey into the world of theater began, thanks to the rich legacy left by Zora Neale Hurston's theater program.
After earning her theater degree from Spelman College, Sheila packed her bags and set her sights on the bustling streets of New York City. In no time, she found herself landing a role in the beloved production "Little Shop of Horrors," where she brought the character of Ronette to life. From there, she became a familiar face in TV ads, regional theaters, and daytime dramas, carving her path in the entertainment world.
Yet, amidst her success, Sheila couldn't ignore the lack of opportunities for minority artists in theater. Her own experiences fueled a fire within her to make a change. Thus, she birthed the New Professional Theatre (NPT), a haven for African American playwrights seeking their place on stage.
I couldn't ignore the lack of opportunities for minority artists in theatre.
Since its inception, NPT has nurtured over a thousand playwrights, providing them with a platform to showcase their talent. Sheila's vision extends beyond the stage, reaching into the hearts of communities. Through the NPT Education Program, she offers guidance, support, and enriching experiences to New York City's public school students.
Her efforts haven't gone unnoticed. Sheila has been honored with awards recognizing her contributions to the arts and her leadership within minority communities. With roots deeply embedded in her heritage, Sheila Kay Davis continues to sow seeds of change, ensuring that the stage remains a place where every voice can be heard and celebrated.
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