Awards

The following honors have been received for her work in theatre, performance, scholarship, and literary arts.

Artistic Director | Producer

National Theatre Company Award

American Theatre Wing

Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Production - midsize

On Clover Road | American Blues Theater

Joseph Jefferson Award for Solo Performance,

performed by Joe Foust

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey | American Blues Theater

Joseph Jefferson Award for Musical - midsize

Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story | American Blues Theater

Joseph Jefferson Award for Solo Performance,

performed by James Leaming

This Wonderful Life | American Blues Theater

Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Production - midsize

It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! | American Blues Theater

African American Arts Alliance of Chicago Award nomination for Solo Performance,

performed by Wandachristine

Beauty's Daughter | American Blues Theater

Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Production - midsize

The Columnist | American Blues Theater

Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Musical - midsize

Little Shop of Horrors | American Blues Theater

Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Solo Performance,

performed by Manny Buckley

Looking Over the President's Shoulder | American Blues Theater

African American Arts Alliance of Chicago Award nomination for Solo Performance,

performed by Manny Buckley

Looking Over the President's Shoulder | American Blues Theater

Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Production - large

Native Son | American Blues Theater, in co-production with Court Theatre

Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Adaptation,

adapted by Nambi E. Kelley

Native Son | American Blues Theater (original commission)

Joseph Jefferson Award for Musical - midsize

Hank Williams: Lost Highway | American Blues Theater

Joseph Jefferson Award for Solo Performance,

performed by Gwendolyn Whiteside

Grounded | American Blues Theater

Broadway World Chicago Award nomination for Best Musical (2014)

Hank Williams: Lost Highway | American Blues Theater

Broadway World Chicago Award nomination for Best Musical (2013)

Hank Williams: Lost Highway | American Blues Theater

Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Production - midsize

Collected Stories | American Blues Theater

Broadway World Chicago Award nomination for Best Revival of a Play

Collected Stories | American Blues Theater

Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Production - midsize

Tobacco Road | American Blues Theater

Acting Honors

Joseph Jefferson Award for Solo Performance

Grounded | American Blues Theater

Broadway World Chicago Award nomination for Best Actress

Grounded | American Blues Theater

Broadway World Chicago Award for Best Actress

Collected Stories | American Blues Theater

Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Solo Performance

the k of d: an urban legend | American Blues Theater

Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Supporting Actress in a Play

St. Scarlet | American Blues Theater

Joseph Jefferson nomination for Ensemble

Metamorphoses | Lookingglass Theatre Company

Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Ensemble

Dream Boy | About Face Theatre

After Dark Award for Best Production

Dream Boy | About Face Theatre

After Dark Award for Best Ensemble

Bus Stop | American Blues Theater (aka American Theatre Co.)

Academy Award Finalist for Live Action Short

Big Canyon

Chicago International Film Festival - Silver Plaque Jury Prize

Big Canyon

Chicago International Film Festival - Best Short

Big Canyon

IFP Conference Spotlight Short

Big Canyon

Other Honors

Kellogg Scholar, Non-profit Management

Kellogg School of Management | Northwestern University

Master of Fine Arts

Creative Writing | School of the Art Institute of Chicago

SAIC Excellence in Leadership Award: "Service, Advocacy, Innovation, Community"

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Bachelor of Science, cum laude

Theatre | Northwestern University

photo by Johnny Knight

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