TONY + CHESSA
Current students in the BFA Acting Class of 2017 at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Tony and Chessa have been collaborating for the better part of 4 years, creating original work that draws from their extensive backgrounds in spoken word poetry and dance.
Their most successful project, currently in development, is their beautiful friendship.
He has toured nationally as a spoken word poet; as a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator he has engaged at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, The NAACP, The National At Risk Educators Conference, The NC Arts Council, Family Services, and beyond.
His first play ‘BAGGAGE CLAIM’ premiered at the Lincoln Center through the Lincoln Center Education Fellowship.
He recently published his second book ‘Write Me Back.’
From Winston Salem, NC
Recognized nationally as a competitive dancer; three-time finalist in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Musical Theatre Auditions; finalist in the 2016 National Society of Arts and Letters (NSAL) Musical Theatre Competition; 2016 Semans Grant Recipient; Alumus of the American Theatre Wing’s SpringboardNYC Program; UNCSA Kenan Scholar; freelance choreographer and dance instructor
You may have seen her behind Lin Manuel Miranda at the 70th Annual Tony Awards.
From Concord, NC
Photography by Thatcher Johnson-Welden