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MYESHA-TIARA

Self Tapes | Talent Agent Consultation | Theatre Audition Coach

Myesha-Tiara's motto while coaching is "Don't be afraid to take up space!"

Myesha-Tiara 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)

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LESLIE ANN SHEPPARD

Self Tape Reader

LESLIE ANN SHEPPARD, filmmaker, musician, teaching artist, and producer,  is committed to creating art full of joy and hard truths. She is best known as a Chicago-based, international actor, last seen on Chicago Fire, in SHEEPDOG by Kevin Artigue at Shattered Globe Theatre (Jeff Award/BTAA nominations), and MR BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY at Theater Wit (BWW Chicago/Chicago Reader Best of 2021 nominated). Local credits: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Northlight Theatre, First Folio Theatre, Theater Wit, Victory Gardens, Chicago Children’s Theatre, and TimeLine Theatre Company. Regional/international credits: Illinois Shakespeare Festival, TheatreSquared, Classical Kids Live! (Kennedy Center, Singapore Symphony Orchestra), the Hypocrites (Pasadena Playhouse,  Olney Theatre Center). TV credits: Mob Doctor. She served as Artistic Director for the Suitcase Shakespeare Company, holds a B.A. degree in acting from Illinois State University and founder of Padded Corner Studios. She’s also a poet, playwright and screenwriter and creator and star of Sister Series, BLACKWELL, WISH/S; OR WHAT I SHOULD HAVE SAID, and SUBORDINATE.

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JABARU KHALIQ

Resident Headshot Photographer

Since receiving his BFA in Acting in 2019, Chicago-based actor, photographer, and filmmaker Jabari Khaliq has made his career goal to provide a voice for those who feel underrepresented--including artists themselves. While acting has always been his passion, he went into college wanting a new creative way to capture how he saw the world. Since beginning Khaliq Photography in 2014, Jabari has grown a portfolio that proudly represents artists--especially young, black artists.  He hopes to give full autonomy to all young creators as they embark on their journeys.