DeWanda Wise

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Critically acclaimed artist DeWanda Wise is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, training primarily at the Atlantic Theatre Company Acting School. While training at Tisch, DeWanda began her professional career with roles in many award-winning shorts and independent features including “Spinning into Butter,” and “Precious” among others.

Adept in theater and film, acting, writing, and producing, DeWanda is an artist with some serious promise. She stars in Fox event series “Shots Fired,” alongside Sanaa Lathan, Helen Hunt, and Richard Dreyfuss. Additionally, her first pass at screenwriting “Where You Go,” premieres at Cannes in the Short Film Corner. DeWanda also stars as Rochelle Marseilles in the Sundance hit “How To Tell You’re a Douchebag”, a romantic comedy she executive produced. Indiewire described her performance in Tahir Jetter’s debut as, “Sensational, commanding, profound, and dope.”

Previous credits include a host of theater roles, notably originating the role of Nina in acclaimed playwright Dominique Morisseau’s “Sunset Baby.” Ben Brantley of The New York Times stated,”…it’s the woman who’s the toughest of them all. Ms. Wise, a beauty, makes us see and feel just how ugly Nina is…she also insists we understand why.” The Village Voice called her Nina, “commanding and severe,” while The New Yorker described her performance as “Brutal and riveting.” Other praised performances include her work as Susan in the west coast premiere of David Mamet’s “Race” with Center Theater Group, Mercy in “Flight,” at City Theatre, and Abigail, a Zimbabwean wife grappling with an HIV diagnosis, in Danai Gurira’s heartbreaking first play, “In the Continuum” at Playmakers, Chapel Hill.

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Other TV credits including staring as Terry in movie of the week “Firelight,” with Cuba Gooding Jr. where critics called her “touching,” “exceptional,” and, “the heart of the film.” Additional guest turns include “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Good Wife,” “The Mentalist,” and the Law and Order franchise.

DeWanda graduated with honors with a dual degree in Drama and Urban Social and Cultural Analysis with a minor in Community-based Theater and Performance. Ms. Wise is a Tisch Scholar Award recipient, the Atlantic Achievement in Studio Award recipient, and the BFA Representative of her graduating class of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, DeWanda currently resides in California with her husband actor/producer, Alano Miller.

Cassandra Freeman

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  • Name: Cassandra Freeman
  • Full Name: Cassandra Freeman
  • Birth Name: Cassandra Freeman
  • Nickname: Cassandra
  • Date of Birth: 1 October 1978
  • Place of Birth: West Palm Beach, Florida, USA
  • Sign: Libra
  • Height: 5 feet and 8 inches
  • Hair: Black
  • Eyes: Dark Brown 
  • Education: New York University, Florida State University

Cassandra Freeman is an American actress and writer, known her roles in Inside Man (2006), I Think I Love My Wife (2007), Kinyarwanda (2011), The Good Wife (2012), and Single Ladies (2012-2014).

Freeman is also famous for her work in Beauty Logic Blog, in which she is co-editor in chief. Since 2001, she has appeared in various television series and movies. As a writer, she has The World According to Keith (documentary) and 12 Months of June (TV series) under her belt.

Teyonah Parris

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Teyonah is one of the latest additions to the critically acclaimed cast of AMC’s hit show MAD MEN.  Currently she is in NY filming a number of feature films. The latest being THEY CAME TOGETHER where she is working with writer/director David Wain and Michael Showalter.  Teyonah will be seen alongside Amy Poehler in this hilarious send up of the romantic comedy genre.  You can also spot Teyonah’s smile  in a McDonald’s commercial that is airing nationwide.

We were all introduced to Ms. Parris in 2010. The  year marked two debut performances for her: the Great White Way and the Silver Screen.  Teyonah shared the stage at Lincoln Center with Jeffrey Wright and Mos Def in Broadway’s new show, A FREE MAN OF COLOR. She also celebrated the  release of her first feature film, Columbia Pictures romantic comedy, HOW DO YOU KNOW, starring Reese Witherspoon, Jack Nicholson, Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd (dir. James L. Brooks).

As the middle child and only girl, she was a self-proclaimed tomboy and beauty queen, always thriving on being unique and never adhering to stereotypes.  She started her journey in front of audiences by participating in pageants and modeling.  An early notable memory is of her winning the title of Ms. Lower Richland High School, where she was the first freshman and African American on record to win the title.  In addition to modeling and softball, Teyonah also participated in her high school’s cheerleading, step, and dance teams.

Similarly to her non-acting interests, Teyonah’s career already spans many fields, including film, television, and theatre.  Previous credits include a guest spot in CBS THE GOOD WIFE, and the dramatic short, EMPIRE CORNER.  As a graduate of the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City, Ms. Parris has already worked with such notable names as Jeffrey Wright, Julianna Margulies, Josh Charles, Reese Witherspoon, among others.  She has also trained under distinguished professors, Richard Feldman and Wendy Waterman.  During her time in undergrad, Teyonah performed in numerous productions, with Celimene in Moliere’s The Misanthrope, as her favorite role to date

When she is not acting, Teyonah supports causes close to her heart, such as embracing  your natural beauty, empowering our youth, and raising HIV/AIDS awareness. Ms. Parris also recently took part in the Designers Against Aids, photo shoot for World Aids Day.