AEA / SAG-AFTRA
Heyyyy there, thanks for stopping by!
I'm Eboni, but my friends call me Ebb(Flo), and that pretty much describes my vibe.
I am chill, and I am hype. I work hard and play hard. I can take the bull by the horn, but I equally trust life and God.
At heart, I'm a country girl from Letohatchee & Montgomery, Alabama but I grew up between Oceanside, San Diego and Atlanta, and now NYC! I'm from a big, close-knit family, I have 6 sisters and a whopping 13 nieces & nephews (and counting). Family is everything to me.
I was first bitten by the acting bug in a typical story of auditioning for the elementary school play in 3rd grade and booking the lead role (haaay).
But, when I was 11, I was the victim of a police brutality incident. As part of my therapy, I was encouraged to express my feelings about the incident by writing poems and short stories, and soon after I immersed myself in whatever enrichment programs my schools offered.
Years later In high school, I discovered the power of theater, when I joined the Freddie Hendrick's Youth Ensemble of Atlanta (YEA), a youth theater company in which we created musicals addressing social issues, from HIV/AIDS to apartheid in South Africa. So, theater has often been a healing force in my life.
My big country family
Professionally, in the work I've done as an Actress and Teaching Artist, I have been blessed to have PHENOMENAL mentors- whether they have nurtured my talents, challenged my craft, or helped clarify the inner call to use my gifts in service of my community
(shout out to: Carol Mitchell-Leon, Joan Lewis,
Frank Wittow, Freddie Hendricks, Susan Willis,
Sonja Lanzener, Daniel Black, Keith Johnston).
The work that I've been most proud of has made an impact via addressing social issues, sparking provocative dialogue, and/or inspiring people across the country. It's been a blessing to use my creativity to effect change in some of our most vulnerable populations.
I've performed for audiences in places like: elementary schools, juvenile detention centers prisons, community colleges, drug rehab clinics, homeless shelters, and women centers.
This legacy -- in addition to my work in regional theater, Off-Broadway, on Broadway, in commercials, TV, and audiobooks-- already makes me exclaim, "Look Ma, I made it!"
And still there's more to come. Stay tuned!
This is me.
There's magic here...
Freddie Hendrick's YEA, circa 2003
AUDIE AWARD WINNER!!!
WE WON!! REEL by Kennedy Ryan won the AUDIE Award for Best Romance audiobook. We made history as it the first romance by a Black author, and voiced by Black narrators, to win int the Romance category!
WHOOHOO! Guess who is
joining the cast of Sam Gold's Macbeth,
starring Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga?
AUDIE AWARD NOMINATION!
I am thrilled to share that REEL by Kennedy Ryan is a finalist for an AUDIE Award for Best Romance title!!! Eeeek! (FYI, The Audie Awards are recognized as the most prestigious award in audiobook and spoken word entertainment). The virtual ceremony is March 4th, so wish us luck and stay tuned!
SLAVE PLAY IS BACK!
I am excited to return to understudy Tea and Kaneisha in SLAVE PLAY once again. It's a limited 8 week run thru Jan 23rd, so get your tickets neowww!
SLAVE PLAY TONY NOMINATIONS
I am stoked to report that SLAVE PLAY, the show I understudied on Broadway last Fall, has earned 12 Tony nominations. This accomplishment makes SLAVE PLAY the most Tony nominated play ever. WOW!
Congratulations to the entire cast, company, and crew, and the whole team of supporters.
And a special shout-out
to the QUEENS that I understudied-
Joaquina Kalukango is nominated for
Best Leading Actress,
Chalia La Tour is nominated for
Best Featured Actress!
"QUEEN MOVE" BY KENNEDY RYAN
I recorded another audiobook with Blackstone Publishing! When you get some quarantine free-time, check me out in Queen Move, by Kennedy Ryan on Audible. I really enjoyed co-narrating this a beautiful story about the love of a lifetime.
I finished voicing and engineering my first audiobook in my home studio!
AUCTION BLOCK PARTY FILM
I just spent a couple of days shooting a dope short film project in which I played the spirit of Margaret Garner (google her)- Auction Block Party is a narrative film collage of music, drama, hyper-reality and fantasy. It is the first installment for a series of unconventional freedom narratives by Ayanna Maia.
I'm using the time off to delve deeper into the world of audiobooks. I used my stimulus check to create a home recording studio. Now I gotta learn how to use it- eeek!
Check out my audiobook page for updates!
As we know, the world is fighting a virus. As such, the Theater/TV/Film industry is...not happening. I'm taking the time to self-care, fix my life (without Iyanla), call my loved ones, and to just- do some things I haven't been able to do because of work. Sending love and healing vibes to all of the planet, and big thanks to all of the essential workers out there, including my sisters- a nurse and a firefighter/paramedic.
MAKING MY BROADWAY DEBUT
After years of working to reach this goal, In a story only God could craft, on November 10, 2019, I made my official Broadway debut, jumping in mid-show for the lead role of Kaneisha in Slave Play. It was absolutely amazing. By the end of the run, I performed in 8 more shows! #gratitude
I'm so proud and SO blessed to announce that I booked an Understudy role for SLAVE PLAY on Broadway! It's so wonderful when all the puzzle pieces come together to say, "It's Your Turn". Get your tickets now, it's already the talk of the town!
"AWARD WINNING ACTRESS"
Got a text today from my colleague James Udom with good news! He told me that he, Gregory Wallace, and MEEEEEEEEE, each won those awards from the San Francisco's Bay area Theatre Critics Circle!
I won for Principal Actress in a Play for my work as Penny in Father Comes Home from the Wars, parts 1-3 at American Conservatory Theater. A big THANK YOU to God, the ancestors "Penny", Liz, Suzan-Lori, our entire DOPEASS cast, and to the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics community!