National Black Theatre Festival
All Roads Lead to Winston-Salem on July 31 - August 5, 2017 -- www.nbtf.org.
(Black PR Wire) Say "Hello" to the 2017 National Black Theatre Festival Teen Co-Chair Colby Christina! The Celebrity Co-Chairs are Anna Maria Horsford and Obba Babatundé.
Colby Christina (born May 29, 2001) is a American Professional Actor, TV Show Host, Singer, Dancer, Model, Choreographer, Mentor and Advocate born in Manhasset, New York.
Colby has trained professionally since the age of two at the Restoration Center for Arts and Culture under the leadership of President Colvin Grannum and at other locations. Colby has been labeled a formidable "Triple Threat" Nationally and Internationally. She credits Peggy Alston, the Emeritus Director of the Restoration Center for Arts and Culture with being the very first Triple Threat she ever met in a formal setting who ignited a spark in her.
Her accomplishments to date have catapulted her to the National Stage at the National Black Theatre Festival as Co-Chair and Parade Grand Marshall in 2015 and 2017, as well as to the Red Carpet at the Tribeca Film Festival as a Guest at the Oprah Winfrey Premiere of Greenleaf (TV series) on the OWN TV Network.
Colby Christina has performed Center Stage at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music as a Feature Performer in Dance Africa with Emeritus Artistic Director and Founder, Dr. Baba Chuck Davis and Artistic Director, Abdel Salaam, the Billie Holiday Theatre, the Museum of Natural History, the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, the Waldorf Astoria New York, Black Spectrum Theatre and the NYC Summer Stage, to name a few. Prior to the "Emancipation of Grandpa Sandy Wills" written by Cheryl Wills, NY 1 News Anchor, where Colby played Emma Wills and received a standing ovation for a performance where she spoke no words, Colby also appeared in the Lead Role of "Alice" at the age of 12 to sold out audiences in the Stage to TV Production, "The Liberation of Mother Goose", with Executive Producer/Director, Peggy Alston and Director & Choreographer Abdel Salaam. Colby Christina captured the attention of many in the Theater World and beyond with this Triple Threat Performance.
Colby is always applauded at all of the events for also being a person that is always giving back to her Community, Corporations and Individuals with her time and passion and willingness to always help others. She also loves teaching and mentoring "her babies" (the 3 and 4 year old students and the 8 to 11 year old students) at the Restoration Center for Arts and Culture where she continues to serve as the Student Ambassador at the Youth Arts Academy. Colby has also served as an Intern at Black Spectrum Theater, a Dance Intern at Evidence Dance Company and as a Impact Repertory Theater Member for Summer 2016.
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION:
Colby has attended Private School all of her life and has been skipped one Academic Grade. She is a 15 year old High School Junior at a Private Independent Pre-Collegiate High School and is fast tracked to complete high school at age 16. Colby is a high school junior that is super excited as she prepares to start visiting more Colleges and Universities and has already been extended invitations by some great academic institutions to come on board as a student for the Freshman Class of 2018.
AWARDS - HONORS - RECOGNITION:
Upon receiving the AUDELCO at the age of 13, for excellence in Black Theater, Colby Christina joined the ranks of Denzel Washington, Kerry Washington and Sanaa Lathan who also received the "Rising Star" AUDELCO Award.
To her credit Colby Christina has accomplished many "first" in the Arts and in Academia and is the recipient of more than 100 Awards, Citations, Proclamations and Honors, most before the age of Thirteen (13).
Colby was recently honored for a second time with the NAACP "Legacy Award" and prior to that received the NAACP "Youth Award", was honored by the King of Kings Foundation with the "A Star Has Risen Award" (This Award Will Be Given Annually and has been officially named the "Colby Christina a Star Has Risen Award), honored by the Trey Whitfield School Foundation as a "Academic Honoree" and Colby was honored by Black History Memorabilia with their "Excellence in Theatre Youth Award."
Colby's new TV Show "Colby's Corner - REAL Teen Talk TV" is "your premiere destination fortTeens who want a safe place to learn and talk about what's really happening in their lives socially, academically and culturally." "Colby's Corner - REAL Teen Talk TV" aired live on MadHouseTV.com on September 27, 2016 to rave reviews. "Colby's Corner - Real Teen Talk TV" has laid a solid foundation via its multi-media enterprise for teens and tweens that will soon consist of other media platforms like radio, magazine and of course more exemplary TV programming that will be a beacon of light for our young adults. "Colby's Corner" will serve to further enhance the mentoring platforms that Colby launched years ago and is a beacon of light in the TV world for many. The guest list is awesome and includes teenagers, community leaders, experts, CEO's, clergy and celebrities who are making a difference in the lives of teenagers.
"Colby's Corner" can be seen in approximately 160 countries when it airs live and will soon be seen on major cable networks everywhere.
Colby recently partnered with Estelle's Dressy Dresses in Farmingdale, New York and is a feature dodel and Marketing Liaison. "Colby's Picks" can be seen on social media platforms around the world. Colby is styled for her appearances by Estelle's with clothing for her VIP red carpet events, her TV Show - "Colby's Corner," community events, award galas and her mentoring events, to name a few. Estelle's is the one-stop premier destination for the bride and her party, formal ensembles, proms, your sweet 16, accessories, shoes, mothers, father of the bride, the groom, etc., all inside of their 37,000 square-foot megastore.
Colby's entertainment and arts goal and dream is to be a "household name and appear on television, in movies, and to perform on Broadway again and to participate in everything God has in store for me while simultaneously continuing to achieve academic success."
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