Tory hails from Bakersfield, CA, and holds a B.A. from Loyola Marymount University. Plays from LMU include: MY CHILDREN MY AFRICA, THE LARAMIE PROJECT, CLOSER, & A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE. L.A. Theater credits include: DANTALIAN, TURPENTINE JAKE, & 44 PLAYS FOR 44 PRESIDENTS. Tory recently booked a supporting role on a new pilot for NBC called LIFESAVER. Tory dedicates his performance to the many selfless men and women of the Civil Rights movement whose progressive actions led the way for justice and equality in America. Tory Smith is currently represented by Jenny Stricklin Talent Agency (www.torysmith.org)
As an actress and singer, Daebreon has been blessed to minister and perform in Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, Japan, and throughout the United States. She gives all honor, glory and praise to God for His continued, exceedingly abundant favor and faithfulness to His Word. Daebreon has graced the stage as Aida in AIDA; Crystal in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS; Joanne in GODSPELL; and Erzulie in ONCE ON THIS ISLAND.
From NY to LA theater credits include CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY; MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS; ANTIGONE; THE BOYS NEXT DOOR; A LESSON BEFORE DYING; TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD; ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST, DRIVING MISS DAISY; PLAY IT AGAIN SAM; OUR HUSBAND HAS GONE MAD AGAIN for which he received an AUDELCO Award for Lead Actor. In film- MONEYBALL; and several Indies. Co-founder of MannsMade Productions. www.gregormanns.com
Malika Blessing hails from Oakland, Ca with a Master of Arts degree from Grambling State University with an extensive Theatre Credits. She has been blessed to showcase her talents as an actress, casting director (cast both film & theater), production stage manager, director, and personal production stage manager for Ms. Ella Joyce for "A ROSE AMONG THORNS". Malika can be seen on B.E.T. in the film THE PERFECT MAN directed by Paul Hannah and she can be seen in the Feature Film MACHETE JOE which won BEST THRILLER at The San Diego Black Film Festival and available at Walmart . Malika Blessing starred in The World Premiere Stage Play SIX LETTER IN HARLEM and Guest Starred in the hit Web series I HATE MY CO-WORKER produced by Vintage City Entertainment which she won BEST COMEDIC ACTRESS at the LAWeb Festival. Ms. Blessing just closed a successful run of the stage play Bus Stop & currently her episode from the hit web series Tammi Mac's Bag Lady can be seen now on her website. For booking contact Lisa Humphrey with Premier Concepts PR firstname.lastname@example.org www.malikablessing.com
Kevin has appeared on stages across the country, from Wash. D.C., to Los Angeles. Films: SCOUT; CHARLIE VALENTINE; ABE & BRUNO; WILDFIRE; LITTLE HEROES – PART 3. Television: regular on HOMEFRONT. Guest appear- ances: MAD MEN; CSI; BONES; CRIMINAL MINDS; DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES; PRISON BREAK; THE SOPRANOS; 24; COLD CASE; ALIAS; STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE; JOAN OF ARCADIA, to name but a few. For more details, please see IMDB.
This Chicago native is an actor with an impressive list of theater, TV, and movie credits. Trae’s television career began on the award-winning sitcom "Moesha." Fol- lowing his stint on Moesha, Trae landed roles on Emmy award-winning shows, "Once and Again" and "JAG," which led to being cast in the films, the award-winning “Coach Carter,” “The Comebacks,” and “Breaking All The Rules.” On the set of “Breaking All The Rules,” Trae met CEO Clint Culpepper of Sony Screen Gems, the film studio that produced "Death at a Funeral," "Takers," and "Think Like A Man." No doubt Trae is a hard- working actor and considered by directors and studio executives as one of the most interesting leading male actors to watch. To find out more about Trae, follow him on Twitter @traeireland3 and on Facebook. To book Trae for personal appearances, hosting, or acting, contact: email@example.com
A native of Alexandria, Louisiana, David began his acting career in Washington DC at the Source Theatre where immersed himself in every aspect of theatre from stage managing to assisting with light and sound design. He also got his first chance to act in a few small productions at the theater before landing a role as a heroin addict on the television show Homicide: Life on the Street. While in DC, he also worked for Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theater Program where he performed in, Secrets, a show that dealt with the trials of being a teenager who is HIV positive. David made the move to Los Angeles in 1999. Since then he’s worked as an actor in everything from music videos to television shows such as The Shield, ER and Arrest and Trail. He’s also starred in several independent films and in numerous plays. Three of these plays where nominated for best ensemble. Niggas with Attitudes and Big Guns was nominated for best ensemble in the 2000 Artistic Director Achievement (A.D.A.) Awards. For Black Boys Who Considered Homicide When the Streets Were Too Much was nominated for best ensemble in the 2001 NAACP Awards. David is also honored to have starred in the lead role in, How Kintu Became a Man which was nominated for best ensemble in the 2002 Ovation Awards. A member of The Black Gents of Hollywood, David traveled to New York in 2008 with the run of the Off Broadway production WEBEIME, a play produced by the famous Negro Ensemble Company. Currently, he is once again working with the Gents as an actor and Technical Director/Lightning Designer of the Off Broadway show, Black Angels over Tuskegee.
LeRoy Parker (Exec. Producer/Writer) was raised in Los Angeles, he attended Crenshaw High School, where he became part of the “Black Movement”. After graduating from Crenshaw High, he discovered he had a talent for storytelling, so he studied screenwriting at UCLA. While working as a waiter in Studio City, Roy met Joe Barbera of Hanna Barbera Cartoons. Joe Barbera sent Roy to USC, where he attended their Animation Writer’s Program. After finishing, he worked as a “freelance writer” for Hanna Barbera and wrote “Smurfs”, “Scooby-Doo’s” and “Flintstone” cartoons. Roy has since written several “Sitcom pilots”, Features and Christian films. It has been Roy’s spiritual goal to write and produce “Martin duty calls”. In a time where Black History is non-existent in public schools, this play is a reminder of the sacrifices the King family and many other black civil rights activist endured for our social advancement. “With all the racial unrest in our nation, Doctor King’s dream is slowly becoming a nightmare. This play is a wonderful way to remind us of Doctor’s King’s dream and our purpose and goals. I owe a lot of thanks, to a group of very talented and dedicated people for helping me bring “Martin, duty calls” to reality. But, I owe a very special thanks, to my lovely wife, Donna, “DP”. Thank you for your inspiration and vision and to Chaz Ingram, thank you for your friendship and genius. Three years ago, my wife suggested that I write a Christian project. A week later, I met Brother Chaz. Together, we created our dream, “Martin duty calls”. and the rest is history. I hope you enjoy the dream”!
I have always been inspired by theater and loved the arts. When I met my husband, with such an incredible, extensive writing and business background, I knew it was only a matter of time before we would collaborate on a important project such as this! It has been a great honor to work with the cast and see how they developed the characters that at once was just a thought. I Thank Pastor Marlon Saunders for always encouraging and supporting myself, Pastor Smart for believing in Martin Duty Calls, my husband Roy for understanding his calling and following thru on the VISION to serve the people education through the arts, and I thank my Valencia Christian Center Family for being supportive from DAY ONE! I hope you find this Show inspiring and ENJOY!