On Strivers Row Cast
Kyla Brown (Lily Livingston)
Kyla brown is a sophomore at North Carolina Central University studying Preforming arts. She made her debut in the play Bus Stop and has been in many other productions doing backstage work. She is thrilled and excited to have worked with the cast of strivers row and to put up this amazing production.
Chisom Ezenwenyi (Dolly Van Striven)
Chisom Ezenwenyi is a senior Biomedical Sciences student at NCCU. She is a Nigerian who was born in the United States of America. Chisom hopes to get a Masters in Genetic Counseling and a PhD in Human Genetics or Molecular and Cellular Biology. Behind her love for research and science is a passion for art. She loves the camera and enjoys writing poems, and stories. She takes singing lessons as music is her main avenue for relief.
Shahim Faircloth (Chuck)
Shahim is from Goldsboro N.C. He is a sophomore theatre major here at North Carolina Central University. He has been in productions such as House Of George, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Bus Stop, and Me Too Monologues. He is excited to be apart of this production.
Corinthius Giles (Ed Tucker)
Corinthius Giles is an actor from the lovely city of Goldsboro NC. He’s been acting ever since a child and has a true passion for the arts. He began deeper studies within his artistry in 2019 where he pursued Acting/Music and Dance while making a connect to them all as a way of life
Parish Griffin (Oscar Van Striven)
Parish is from Louisburg, North Carolina and is a sophomore criminal justice major with a concentration in juvenile justice. He hopes to pursue his passion in acting and performing in front of audiences and looks forward towards the future
Jasmyn Harper (Beulah)
.Jasmyn Harper is a Greensboro, North Carolina native. She’s a sophomore at North Carolina Central University where she majors in Mass Communication with Broadcast Media concentration and a minor in Theatre. Jasmyn began acting in her high school productions as a Flapper Ancestor in the Addams Family Musical and Hope in Almost, Maine. Additionally, Jasmyn is honored to have been given this opportunity to perform for the first time in a NCCU production. Jasmyn has experience with stage managing for an NCCU production called The Bus Stop. In her free time, she likes to spend time with friends and family, watch films and shows, and write scripts.
Khiya Hawthorne (Ruby Jackson )
Khiya Hawthorne is a junior theatre major at North Carolina Central University with a concentration in Performance. She has a wide range of experience in acting and production and has been recognized for her talent and dedication by the National Association for Dramatic and Speech Arts, NCCU and now with a Kennedy Center nomination for her work in "The Bus Stop." Khiya is a dedicated student and aspiring actress with a bright future ahead.
Jaylan Ivery (Joe Smothers )
Jaylan, a California native, is a junior theatre major at NCCU who was last seen as Boots in The House of George. He started his acting career in high school in which he performed in such productions as Pirates of Penzance, The Wizard of Oz and All Shook Up.
Esaie Kasongo (Dr. Leon Davis )
Esaie is sophomore theatre major from the Democratic Republic of Congo. He was last seen as Deep Thoughts in The Right, Right Now Show. Esaie is a member of African American Male Initiative (AAMI). He enjoys basketball and writing music in his free time. He is grateful to his family for their support.
Elena Kendrick (Rowena)
Elena Kendrick is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee and is a third-year history student with a women’s and gender studies minor. Currently, she is working on her publishing her research and plans to pursue her PhD after graduation. In her free time, she enjoys reading, dancing, and writing her short stories, poetry, and plays
Simone McLamb (Beulah Understudy)
Simone McLamb is a freshman theatre major with a concentration in performance. Simone originally grew up in Georgia but now lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Simone loves music of all genres
Malachi Moore (Professor Hennypest )
Joyrdan Richardson (Cobina)
JOYRDAN RICHARDSON from Enfield, NC is honored to be a part of this production as a Theatre major and also Mass Communications major. She made her debut in February 2022 in Long Time Since Yesterday and performed in The Bus Stop at NCCU and Statesboro, GA during KCACTF. JOYRDAN would like to thank her family and friends for their continued support and encouragement on her path to becoming a successful performer.
Sheyi Sunmola (Louise Davis)
Sheyi Sunmola is a Junior Nursing major and theatre minor at North Carolina Central University. She has worked as a tech assistant on multiple productions since her time at NCCU, including “Bus stop” and “Ain’t Misbehavin’”
Kailah Wharry (Tillie Petunia )
Kailah is from Fresno, California and is attending NCCU as a freshman majoring in Criminal Justice. She has displayed artistic talents such as painting, drawing, acting, and as well as voice acting. Some of the few theater performances she has done in high school include, “The Wiz” where she played the Good Witch of the North, Addapearl and a French maid within, “Whodunit”. Kailah looks forward to progressing her talents within our theatrical department and awaits the challenges ahead
Vanessa Wharry (Sophia)
Vanessa Wharry is from Fresno California, and a freshman theatre major. She has always been creative and sees art in everything she does. Everyone is playing a character in this world. Some of her few theatre performances she has done in high school include, “Whodunit,” playing the scientist, “Voices from High School,” playing Jenny, and “The Whiz,” playing a stranger and a munchkin. She hopes to see a future in this career and transform many lives artistically.
Kalimah Williams (Mrs. Pace)
Kalimah Williams, from Salisbury, NC, is a Junior Theatre major concentrating in Performance. She was last seen as Pamela in Kites; One Monkey Don't Stop No Show and as Alyssa in Long Time Since Yesterday. Kalimah recently served as stage manager for NCCU's House of George and prop mistress for Ain't Mishavin in which received a KCACTF nomination. She wrote, produced and directed an original stage play Real Wives of The Bible. Ms. Williams is an Army veteran, who decided after her career as an MRI Technologist, to pursue her Second Act as an actress.