Nia Akilah Robinson
Introduction: Nia is an African-American Actress from Harlem, New York. Her first name is symbolic for the fifth principal of Kwanza, which means "Purpose". But, she is also known as her nickname "B-Black", which is a parallel to her admiration for her black culture.
She received a 2014 YoungArts Scholarship in Drama. That scholarship opened up opportunities such as being directed by Mikhail Baryshnikov in a monologue performance. As well, as awarding her the opportunity to workshop a monologue with Phylisha Rashad.
For her undergraduate degree, she attended Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts pursing a Bachelors in Fine Arts in Acting. In her junior year, she had the pleasure of performing at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in an all-female production of Julius Caesar as Cassius.
In 2018, she was awarded as Convocation Speaker for the graduating class of Mason Gross School of the Arts.
Post Graduation, she has worked with artists such as Pauletta Washington, Marshall Jones III, and Michele Shay. Nia worked closely with theatres such as, The Lark, American Theatre Group, and Classical Theatre of Harlem.
She wrote, assistant directed, and starred in “A Black Girls Manifesto”, which balances subjects of black love, interracial love, and family dynamics within the black community. This film is currently in post production, and will be completed in July of 2019.
She is currently involved in the editing stages of her first full length play, written about a family navigating their lives in present day Harlem, New York.
Favorite Quote: "There is in this world no such forces as the force of a person determined to rise. The human soul cannot be permanently chained"- W.E.B Dubois.