by Asha R. McAllister
A boy? A girl? Neither? Whatever it is will be the topic of discussion, along with men and relationships, at Monica’s gender reveal party. Whether or not her sisters Valerie and Corrine being there in support is a good or bad thing is just like the gender of the baby: TBD.
Myesha-Tiara-Director: hails from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She found her love for acting at the age of five during an after school program and hasn't looked back since. After attending the prestigious Baton Rouge Magnet High School, she decided to dedicate herself to her craft and enrolled in Northwestern State University, where in her sophomore year she was fortunate enough to be featured in the Oscar winning film "12 Years a Slave". While attending NSU Myesha-Tiara also discovered her love for directing and received her Bachelor of Science in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Performance and Directing.
After college she performed for regional and touring theatres until she decided to make the big move to the Windy City. At the end of 2019 she also opened her own 501 c3 non-profit theatre company, Perceptions Theatre, on the Southside of Chicago. In April 2020 she also started a YouTube Channel: MT's Corner with Myesha-Tiara, that focuses on black acting news, acting advice and her journey in the industry. In Chicago she has been seen in For Colored Girls… as Lady In Brown and Lady In Blue u/s (Court Theatre/ Jeff Recommended); Swamp Baby as Swamp Baby/Iriana (MPAACT). Steel Magnolias as Annelle (Theatre at the Center); The Wedding Band (The Artistic Home/ Jeff Recommended) and Hamlet as Gertrude and Ophelia/Osric u/s (The Gift Theatre).
Chicago directing credits include: Black Magic (Director/MPAACT); Invisible (Assistant Director/Her Story Theatre); The Little Foxes (Associate Director / Citadel Theatre Company); Skin Deep and The Bible (Director/ Artistic Home Theatre’s: Cut to the Chase One Act Fest), Some Day (Director/ The Rockwell Theatre Bandits’ Ravenswood: New Play Fest/ stage reading) and Somewhere in Uptown (Director/ Collaboraction’s: Peacebook Festival). Outside of Chicago, Myesha-Tiara has appeared in The Miracle Worker and as Mrs. Muller in Doubt (Round Barn Theatre). TV and film credits include: Rap Mom (B Side Productions) and Broke AF (B Side Productions/ webseries) She is represented by Shirley Hamilton Talent Inc. (myesha-tiara.com, IG: myeshatiara)
Aliyah Banks (as Valerie)
Jori Jackson (as Morgan) is a graduate of Northwestern State University of LA with a BS in Musical Theatre and Performance & Directing. Her most recent stage work has been with Dark Circles Contemporary Dance Company, The Dallas Children’s Theater, Cara Mia Theatre, Soul Rep Theatre, Firehouse Theatre, Theatre Three, Uptown Players and Kitchen Dog Theater. She is also a theater and dance instructor for the Latino Cultural Center summer camp, Junior Players and Talented Young Folks and is the creator of the Creatives Spotlight online community. Jori is represented by Grogan Management Agency.
Tanikia Carpenter(as Corinne)