Colby Christina, New York’s very own Rising Star has achieved success that has led her to a National Stage at the National Black Theatre Festival.
Colbys work to date at the age of 14, in the areas of acting, dancing, singing, community service, choreography, and STEM advocacy catapulted her to the National Stage in Winston-Salem, North Carolina for the 2015 Festival.
The Theatre Festival was held in conjunction with the City of Winston-Salem at the M. C. Benton Convention Center with host hotels at the Winston-Salem Twin City Marriott and Embassy Suite Hotels.
Colbys dedication and hard work led to her being chosen to serve as Teen Co-Chair and Parade Grand Marshall for the 2015 National Black Theatre Festival.
The Chairs for this years festival were Darnell Williams and Debbie Morgan from All My Children. Prior to being selected to serve in this prestigious role Colby Christina received the AUDELCO Rising Star Award for her role as Alice in the Stage to TV Production, The Liberation of Mother Goose, written by Playwright Aduke Aremu, Directed and Choreographed by Abdel Salaam, Musical Director Mario Sprouse and Produced by The Restoration Center for Arts and Culture, Youth Arts Academy Director Peggy Alston Colbys Director and Mentor.
It was an honor to serve at one of the nations most premiere theatre events celebrating the achievements of giants in the industry of theatre at this years festival,” Colby said. “I look forward to continuing to use my God-given talents to the highest levels humanly possible. The experience served as a reminder that dedication, hard work, persistence, and commitment to your dreams and goals really pay off and will lead me to a world stage I am seeking in Theatre, Film and TV.
The National Black Theatre Festival is the brainchild of the late Larry Leon Hamlin. The National Black Theater Festival (NBTF) was founded in 1989 by Mr. Hamlin in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. As its Executive Director, Hamlins goal in creating the Festival was “to unite Black Theatre Companies in America to ensure the survival of the genre into the next millennium”.
Held biennially since 1989 for six days, the NBTF showcases the best in African-American Theatre.
Colby had the honor of meeting/seeing many prominent Actors, Producers, Playwrights, etc., from around the world since they attended the Semi-Annual National Black Theatre Festival. Woodie King Jr., George Faison, Jackee Harry, Andre DeShields, Chapman Roberts, Robert Hooks, Garland Thompson, Jr., Norm Lewis, Margaret Avery, Rome Neal, Rain Pryor, Ebony Jo-Ann, Ted Lange and Antonio Fargas to name a few. Some of Colbys daily responsibilities consisted of daily workshops with hundreds of children from the Winston-Salem area, speaking to teenagers at the Winston-Salem Urban League (Patricia Sadler, Karim Amin and H. Don Williams), Daily Press Conferences, the VIP Gala Reception and Dinner, serving as the Parade Grand Marshall and teaching children about the importance of Theatre and the Arts and sharing the vision of great Larry Leon Hamlin.
Colby Christina has performed at the Billie Holiday Theatre, Center Stage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Museum of Natural History, the Jamaica Performing Arts Theater, and the Waldorf Astoria to name a few. In the Lead Role of Alice in the Stage to TV Production, The Liberation of Mother Goose, COLBY CHRISTINA captured the attention of many in the Theatre World and beyond.
Upon receiving the AUDELCO Rising Star Award, COLBY CHRISTINA now joins the ranks of Denzel Washington, Kerry Washington and Sanaa Lathan. Colby is a 14 year old academically astute High School Sophomore that will complete grade 12 in High School at the Age of 16.
Colby Christina can be reached at [email protected] or 641-715-3900 ext. 25715 and at www.facebook.com.COLBYCHRISTINACC