New Voices in Black Cinema Film Festival 2016
"REACHING FOR THE STARS"
An actors roundtable discussion and Q&A
Please join us as these rising stars candidly share some of their trials,
tributions and triumphs in developing their craft and business
while taking their game to the next level.
Saturday April 23, 2016
Call Time: 2:00
Wrap Time: 4:00
Budget: $15.00 online (More at the door)
Set Location: A.R.T New York / South Oxford Space
138 South Oxford Street, 2nd Fl
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(Closest train if the C to Lafayette Ave. The G to Fulton is nearby and the Atlantic Center/Barclay Station (2,3,4,5,D,N,Q, and R) is blocks away)
Stephen Hill is an award winning actor (Best Male Actor, ABFF Star Project 2010), known for solid work in a variety of roles in film, TV, theater, web series, etc. Recently cast in the lead role of York in the HBO mini-series, Lewis & Clark, he is also on HBO, in Pete Chatmon's BlackCard, and in the fifth season of Boardwalk Empire in the recurring role of Clarence, right hand man to Jeffrey Wright's, Dr. Narcisse. On Netflix, in Kiara Jones' Christmas Wedding Baby, Stephen gives a heartfelt and truthful performance in the lead role of Issac. Look out for him on Law & Order SVU, Blue Bloods, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Louie, Political Animals, and Unforgettable. Hill can also be seen embodying the role of Jackie Robinson in the award winning documentary, Jackie Robinson: My Story. Watch Stephen online in the soulful film Runaway, starring opposite Grammy nominated vocalist Carolyn Malachi, and in the hilarious series Fort Knox. Stephen considers it a privilege and and honor to play make believe for a living.
Rob Morgan caught the acting bug after seeing himself in the movie Contact opposite Jodie Foster. Saying lines he improved on the spot and were ultimately used to tell the story of Jodie's character. From there he had to have it. Started out in theater in NYC and has transitioned into TV and film with over 50 IMDB credits. Pariah, Full Circle, Anesthesia, Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete and Steps are some feature films he's worked in with TV roles on Daredevil, Believe, The Knick, Person of Interest, 30 Rock, Law and Order and Blue Bloods.
Alysia Joy Powell
Alysia hails from Los Angeles. Born of parents who met at an acting class, it was no wonder that she would have the gift. Some of those gifts are acting, singing, writing (poetry and screenwriting), stand up comedy, directing, and producing. She’s had a career in Film and TV including credits like: Desperate House Wives, a reoccurring role on Everybody Hates Chris, Scrubs, NYPD Blue, and The Shield, just to name a few. Eight years ago, she got a deep passion for all things more true and cultural. That’s what brought her to NY and she has been on her grind ever since. She has reigned as the Two Time Manhattan Monologue Slam Champion. Alysia was in the amazing stage production of “Who Is A Virtuous Woman”, directed by the fabulous Wendy McKenzie and is working on a One Woman Show, Different Shades of Love. Alysia joined the amazing cast of “Excuse Me For Living” with the talented Tom Pelphrey from Guiding Light, Dick Cavett, Robert Vaughn, and Chistopher Lloyd, and has work shopped at The Gotham Comedy Club with her stand-up skills. Did I mention, she has a beautiful jewelry-line called My Diva-Tude? Alysia’s stand out role in The Sitter has created buzz along with her appearance on The Wendy Williams Show with Jonah Hill promoting The Sitter. Enjoy Alysia Joy Powell in her current role as Nanny Alicia in the New NBC Show, the Mysteries of Laura with the funny and talented Debra Messing and La Alonzo.
Victor Williams has appeared in a wide range of television shows. Currently, he can be seen in "The Affair" on Showtime. Williams is most known for his nine seasons of work on the hugely successful television series, "The King of Queens". Film credits include Copland, Single Hills, Home and the 2016 release of November Criminals. He studied theater at Binghamton University and New York University. Mr. Williams was born and raised in Brooklyn.
Adepero Oduye hails from Brooklyn, New York City by way of Nigeria. She is a graduate of University; and has studied acting with Wynn Handman, Austin Pendleton, and Susan Batson. Ms. Oduye first starred for writer/director Dee Rees as Alike in the award-winning short film Pariah. Among the other shorts that she has starred in are Gabriele Zamparini's Water; Russell Costanzo's The Tested; and Nadiah Hamzah's Sub Rosa. She has made guest appearances on such television programs as Louie and two Law & Order series.
Tobias Truvillion is an award-winning TV, film, and theatrical actor and producer from Queens, New York. Dedicated to youth development and empowerment, he is a philanthropist and longtime youth media arts instructor at the Dr. Marion A. Bolden Center in Newark, New Jersey. The ex-Ford model’s resume includes an array of high profile international and domestic print and TV commercial advertising campaigns. In 2001, pursuing an acting career, he joined the Harlem’s iconic National Black Theater. A proven natural thespian, his stellar performance as “Shango,” in the theatrical musical “Oya” (his first acting role), earned Tobias a prestigious Audelco Award for “Best Male in a Musical.” Subsequently, Tobias who Indiewire hails as a “transformative actor,” became known for a bevy of captivating TV, film, theatrical roles, including ‘Flesh and Bone,’ ‘White Collar,’ ‘Brooklyn’s Finest,’ ‘Hitch,’ ‘Blue Bloods,’ ‘Black Angels Over Tuskegee,’ ‘Persons of Interest,’ and several leading music video roles (e.g., Fantasia’s “Free Yourself ” and “I’m doing Me”), as well as many other acclaimed productions. His cunning portrayal of Vincent Jones, who upheld an ongoing love affair with Layla Williamson (Tika Sumpter) on ABC’s “One Life to Live,” won Tobias a 2008 NAACP Image Award nomination for “Outstanding Actor in Daytime Drama Series.” Consistently pushing artistic boundaries, his latest recurring role as music producer Derek Major (“D-Major”) on season 2B of the Fox breakout hit musical drama TV series, ‘Empire,’ is indicative of Tobias’s ongoing diversity and evolution.