Vienna Carroll

Vienna Carroll

Playwright, Executive Director
Singer, playwright, actor, herbalist, gardener. Ms Carroll moved to Harlem from York, PA (where much of Singin takes place) after receiving her BA in African American Studies from Yale University. She wrote Singin after  discovering York’s history as a hotbed of abolitionism and Underground Railroad activity. She has presented Singin for the Goodrich Underground Railroad Museum in York, Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and venues in the tri-state area. Ms. Carroll produced a CD of spirituals, Singin’ Wid A Sword In Ma Han’ in which she is accompanied by percussionist Newman Taylor Baker. viennacarroll.com

Keith Edward Johnston

Keith Edward Johnston

Artistic Director
Mr. Johnston is co-founder of Back-A-Yard theatre, Artistic Director Emeritus of American Theatre of Harlem, and Program Director for CUNY CATs College and Adult program. Directorial credits include: Children of Dahomey dance troupe, The Colored Museum, Street Car Named Desire, Singin’ Wid A Sword In Ma Han’ (Audience Favorite Award – Fringe2009), BET 30th anniversary Upfront and RUINED. Designed, directed and implemented TIE (Theater In Education) programs throughout U.S. and abroad. As a musician performed with Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, Brian McKnight, Shirley Murdock, Jon Hendricks, D Train, Toots, Living Colour. “Heal the World with Art.”
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LaVonda Elam

LaVonda Elam

LaVonda Elam makes her second appearance with Singin’ Wid A Sword in my Han’. Other works are:  The Pearle Cleage Covergence with RACCA; Mend by Dominique Morisseau; Dr. May Edward Chinn at NBTF and RACCA; Crowns with Diane McIntyre. She is also a vocalist with Voices in Unity. And an educator for The Continuum Project building Legacy with our youth.

Paula Galloway

Paula Galloway

Paula is very excited to be part of this production of Singin’ Wid a Sword in Ma Han’. Ms. Galloway has most recently appeared in Shakespeare on the Sound’s As You Like It. And look for her in an upcoming web series on MTVother.com! Past productions: Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure, Admit Impediments, Guys and Dolls, Ragtime, GREEN!, Steel Magnolias, and Smokey Joe’s Café. Special thanks to the cast and creative team and as always, my loving, supportive family. Love you, Benjamin!

Glenn Gordon NSangou

Glenn Gordon NSangou

Glenn Gordon NSangou- is an actor originally from Baltimore, MD. Recent credits include Henry V (Classical Theatre of Harlem), Deep Azure (Cong Square Theatre), Revenge of a King (NY Fringe), The Great MacDaddy (777 Theater), and Waiting For Godot (Classical Theatre of Harlem). He also wrote and performed in his first play Re:Definition (LaMama Theater workshop production). NSangou is co-founder of The Continuum Project, Inc. and a member of UNIVERSES theatre company. He received his BFA in acting from Howard University.

Rod Singleton

Rod Singleton

Singer and Actor
Rod Singleton (Tad) is excited to be part of this presentation of Singin’ Wid A Sword In Ma Han.’ He has been blessed to perform a wide variety of characters in both plays and musicals, with favorites including Troy in Fences, Mohammed in The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Coalhouse in Ragtime, Marty in Dreamgirls, and Rev. Hill in the world premier of Fannie Lou. Rod also appears as Frank in the web series Addicted. He is an alumnus of Morehouse College and has studied with the historic Negro Ensemble Company. AMLTJATB

Henrique “Rique” Prince

Henrique "Rique" Prince

Fiddle Violinist
Born in Harlem in New York City, Henrique is a self taught Violinist. He taught himself classical as well as folk styles and later studied with Charles Meacham in Northern California. He has played with such diverse musical groups as the Sun Ra Arkestra, the Saturday Night Live Band, and numerous Charanga bands, Jazz ensembles and Reggae bands. In addition he has toured Europe with the Alternative Country band, the Palace Brothers. Henrique has taught in many public and private schools in NY. Henrique started The Ebony Hillbillies (ebonyhillbillies.com) in order to play old time string band music much like it was in the days when it lived among the people. They have toured and played in many festivals and concert halls nationally and in Canada.