I am a first-generation Haitian American multi-hyphenate artist. I received my B.A. from Columbia University, MBA from Binghamton University, and MFA in Acting from Yale School of Drama. My acting credits include Blue Bloods, Law & Order SVU, Law & Order Criminal Intent, Guiding Light; Sex and the City; regional and Off-Broadway theatre; short films, and national commercials.
I write screenplays and plays from a viewpoint heavily influenced by the stories my family members have shared about the complexities and wonders of Haitian culture and history, as well as my experiences as a New Yorker. I am the Founder/Producing Artistic Director of Conch Shell Productions. Our company’s mission is to develop/workshop/produce new works by Caribbean Diaspora screenwriters and playwrights who have a passion for innovative story telling that inspires social change.
Currently, I co-star in Netflix Original Series “Grand Army” as “Antoinette Pierre.” My journey continues to be filled with life altering and purpose affirming creative experiences both on camera and behind the camera.
I am happy to share that I am part of #CityArtistsCorp. This $5,000 award was created to activate and energize New York City’s artists and engage the public with arts activities this fall. Click below to learn more about the new project made possible by these funds: AFTERSHOCKS: A Tetralogy of Our Times.
I am happy to share that thanks to the support of the NY City Artist Corps, and the Queens Council on the Arts QAF grants, my multimedia project AFTERSHOCKS will be premiering Oct 14th-Oct 15th, 2021. To say that we have an amazing community of artists working on this project is to speak pure truth. To learn more about our community of artists, visit www.conchshellproductions.com/aftershocks
As the Producing Artistic Director of Conch Shell Productions, I have learned the truth of "build it and they will come." My concept for AFTERSHOCKS was developed in November 2020. When I applied for the grants to finance it, I had faith that funding would come. And it did. When an earthquake hit Haiti on August 14th, 2021, I decided that I would "pay-it-forward" by supporting a Haitian-led organization that is effecting change in Haiti as well as providing lasting earthquake relief- and that organization is Haitian-lead CapraCare. I am thrilled to announce that Conch Shell Productions has a goal to raise $1000 to support CapraCare's earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.
To learn more about CapraCare, watch this CSP Chat with Jean Pierre-Louis, CEO/President of Capracare
First generation Caribbean America (her parents were from Nevis) Cecily Tyson's impact on my life started when I saw "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" on television. Her transformational portrayals of complex, multi-layered women continue to inspire me. Ms. Tyson's decades long commitment to her craft set an example that keeps my faith and creative flame blazing.
Bahamian American Sidney Poitier made a huge impression on me as a child. So elegant. So confident. Favorite movie: IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT. The fire in his eyes. His presence....powerful. His contributions as an actor, director, activist...well let's just say when I am directing, producing my own plays/screenplays...when I am producing works by Caribbean Diaspora artists who are "artivists" like me... I thank Mr. Poitier for demonstrating "yes I can be someone better."
Do you have more questions? Are you interested in collaborating on a project? Send me a message, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
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