Made in NY: African American Actors

Event Type:LifeRaft
Title:Made in NY: African American Actors
In honor of Black History Month, African American actors from Made in NY productions discuss their experiences
Date:Monday, February 24, 2014
Time:7:00 PM

The New School
The John L. Tishman Auditorium at the University Center
63 Fifth Avenue (between 13th & 14th Streets)
New York City

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In honor of Black History Month, African American actors from Made in NY productions discuss their experience in “Made in NY Talks: African American Actors."

This event is presented by the Mayor's Office of Media & Entertainment, Screen Actors Guild Foundation and The New School for Drama.

As a part of “Made in NY” Talks, a free series of conversations focused on jobs in the local entertainment industry, SAG Foundation, the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment and The New School for Drama present "Made in NY: African American Actors."  The talk will bring a talented group of actors across film, television and theatre productions here in New York City, to discuss their experience acting, their careers and why New York continues to attract such great talent and productions.  

This event will be moderated by Adam Moore, SAG-AFTRA National Director of EEO & Diversity.

Meet the Panelists

Uzo Aduba

Actress Uzo Aduba has emerged as a breakout star for her impressive work in television and theater.

Aduba currently stars as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on the Netflix Original Series ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK. The first season of the series premiered in July 2013 to critical praise. Daniel Feinberg from Hitfix said of her performance “…the character took a permanent place as an audience favorite, delivering one priceless and revelatory moment after another.” The show won the 2014 People's Choice Award for Favorite Streaming Series and the 2013 AFI Award for TV Program of the Year. The series' second season will premiere in the summer of 2014.

Aduba made her television debut in 2012 on the hit CBS show BLUE BLOODS.

Before starring on television, Aduba made her Broadway debut in CORAM BOY in 2007 followed by the hit musical revival of GODSPELL in 2011. She discovered her talent for singing at a very early age and became a classical music major at the Boston University School of Fine Arts. Work in theatre quickly followed with critically acclaimed performances at both The Huntington Theatre in Boston and A.R.T. where, under the direction of Dianne Paulus, she won the prestigious Elliot Norton Award for Best Actress in a Play.

Aduba was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Play for her work in the Kennedy Center/Olney Theater production of TRANSLATIONS OF XHOSA. Other theater credits include DESSA ROSE at the New Repertory Theatre, TURNADO: RUMBLE FOR THE RING at the Papermill Playhouse, and ABYSSINIA at the Goodspeed Theatre.

Past films include the independent shorts OVER THERE and NOTES.

Aduba currently resides in New York City.

Tawny Cypress

Tawny Cypress is an American television actress from New Jersey.  Her past starring roles include playing Simone Deveaux on NBC's "Heroes" and Ginger 'LoveTap' LeBeau on FOX's "K-Ville".  She's also had myriad recurring roles on shows such as "Rescue Me", "100 Centre St." and "House of Cards".  At present time, you can see her starring on CBS's "Unforgettable". 

Peter Jay Fernandez

Current: All the Way (starring Bryan Cranston) at the Neil Simon Theater. Other Broadway: Cyrano de Bergerac, Henry IV, Jelly’s Last Jam, Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice.

Off Broadway:  CQ/CX, Richard III, Macbeth, The Pain and the Itch, Too Much Memory, Widowers Houses, Thunder Knocking on the Door, Phaedra in Delirium, As You Like It, Henry VIII, Spell# 7, Coriolanus, Split Second, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and more.

TV/FILM:  "House of Cards," "Deception," "The Good Wife," "Blue Bloods," "Damages," "Fringe" and more.

Law and Order(s): "Adjustment Bureau," "Mama I want to Sing," "The Girl in the Book" and more.

Peter received a BFA in Acting at Boston University.  He is a faculty member at The New School for Drama.

Montego Glover

Award winning actress Montego Glover is currently recurring on the hit Fox show The Following as well as CBS’s Hostages. Glover last starred on Broadway as Felicia Farrell in the Broadway musical, “Memphis” (Tony winner Best Musical) for which she received a Tony Award Nomination for Lead Actress in a Musical as well as a Drama League Nomination and won both the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama Desk Award for her performance.

A graduate of Florida State University with a BFA in Music Theatre, Ms. Glover made her Broadway debut in the roles of Celie and Nettie in The Color Purple. She has been privileged to travel around the country performing at the Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle’s 5th Ave Theatre, The Huntington Theater and Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, among many others. Favorite roles include Sarah in Ragtime, Lorrell in Dreamgirls, Hermia in A Midsummer’s Night Dream , Aida in Aida for which she won an IRNE Award for Best Actress in a Musical and TiMoune in Once on This Island for which she received a Helen Hayes Award Nomination. Ms. Glover has also enjoyed concert work around the country and in New York.  Her credits include: the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the prestigious Smith Center in Las Vegas.  TV: The Following, Hostages, Smash, Golden Boy, The Good Wife, White Collar, NYC 22, Law and Order, and Made In Jersey.  Commercial Campaigns include:  Charmin, Subway, Verizon, Wishbone, Nickelodeon and McDonald’s.

Ms. Glover is a member of the Artists’ Committee for the Kennedy Center Honors and currently resides in New York City.



About The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment
The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment consists of the Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, facilitating and supporting film and TV production throughout the five boroughs; NYC Digital, which works to realize New York City’s potential as the world’s leading digital city; and NYC Media, the official TV, radio and online network of the City of New York. The agency’s mission is to streamline government communications by making information accessible, leveraging technology to aid in the transparency of government and by supporting relevant media and entertainment industries in New York City.

About the New School for Drama
The creative home for the future of performing arts.  Agile. Engaged. Innovative. Multi-disciplinary. The New School for Drama is home to a dynamic group of young directors, writers, actors, creative technologists, and award-winning faculty. With a core belief in rigorous creativity and collaborative learning, our programs embrace civic awareness across performance disciplines to create work imbued with professionalism, imagination and social context.  For more information, please visit

 *Additional Panelists TBA