Award-winning actress Danielle Brooks first starred as "Tasha 'Taystee' Jefferson" in Netflix’s wildly successful, Emmy-nominated series Orange is the New Black and can now be seen in the hit HBO Max series Peacemaker, where she stars opposite John Cena.
This fall, Danielle will star on Broadway in The Piano Lesson, opposite Samuel L. Jackson and John David Washington, marking her return to Broadway having previously starred in the Tony Award winning musical, The Color Purple. For her performance as "Sofia," Brooks earned a Tony Award nomination, a Drama Desk Award, and an Outer Critics Circle Award. She also received a Grammy Award and a Theatre World Award for Significant Broadway Debut. Brooks starred as “Beatrice” in The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Much Ado About Nothing (dir. Kenny Leon), garnering the AUDELCO Award for Lead Actress in a Musical, the Antonyo Award for Best Actor in a Play (Off-Broadway), and a Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Performance.
Brooks can soon be seen in the upcoming feature film, The Color Purple—the feature film adaptation of the Broadway musical (dir. Blitz Bazawule), playing the iconic role of “Sofia.” Brooks starred and co-executive produced the television movie, Mahalia (dir. Kenny Leon) where she played the title role, legendary Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. For her performance, Brooks earned the Actress Award for Television from the Critics Choice Association Celebration of Black Cinema & Television. Additionally, Brooks was nominated for a Critics Choice TV Award for Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television, a NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special category, and received a Primetime Emmy Award Nomination as a Co-Executive Producer on Mahalia for Outstanding Television Movie. Brooks is a graduate of The Juilliard School.
Robin de Jesús is a three-time Tony Award-nominated actor. He received his first major role in the cult-classic film Camp (2013). Since then, he has gone on to perform in various Broadway productions, including Rent, In the Heights (for which he received his first Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical), La Cage Aux Folles (his second nomination), Wicked, and The Boys in the Band (his third nomination).
Robin can be seen in various feature films and television projects, such as tick, tick…BOOM (2021) for which he received Hollywood Critics Association, Satellite, and Queerty Award nominations, Boys in the Band (2020), Gun Hill Road (2011), Hair Brained (2013), How to Make It in America (2010), and the recurring role of "Jose Silva" on Law & Order: SVU.
His additional theater credits include the Paper Mill Playhouse's productions of Grease and Godspell, the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ's production of A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings, the St. Louis Muny production of Aladdin as the title character, and the Off-Broadway productions of Malpractice Makes Perfect, Zorba, Patti Issues, Domesticated, and Homos, or Everyone in America. He can be seen later this year in the Hulu miniseries Welcome to Chippendales.
Brandon Kazen-Maddox is the Grandchild of Deaf Adults (GODA) and third-generation native signer of American Sign Language (ASL) who identifies as a Queer, Nonbinary, Black Indigenous Person of Color. In the summer of 2020, they co-founded Up Until Now Collective—a non-profit organization that focuses on creating art that is radically inclusive, joyful, and necessary at the intersection of the Deaf, Blind, Disability, Theatre, Opera, Film, Dance, and Television communities. They graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts with a Master’s of Fine Arts Degree in Dance and New Technology in 2019.
Grammy-nominated songwriter and singer Emily King was born and raised in New York City’s Lower East Side. She began her career playing venues in Greenwich Village. She was soon after discovered by Clive Davis who signed her to his label, J Records, at the age of 21. King has since written and released several critically-acclaimed albums, most recently nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance. She is currently working on her latest release with ATO Records following her sold out U.S. tour.
Born and raised in the Philippines, actor and comedian Nico Santos began performing stand-up in San Francisco, becoming a popular fixture in the Bay Area comedy scene. He is best known for portraying “Oliver T’sien” in the film Crazy Rich Asians, as well “Mateo” in the television show Superstore which recently ended after six seasons on NBC. The latter garnered him back-to-back Critics’ Choice Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2019 and 2020, as well as a Hollywood Critics Association award for Best Supporting Actor in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Comedy in 2021. You can see him next in the Netflix film Happiness for Beginners with Ellie Kemper, Luke Grimes, and Blythe Danner and Marvel’s highly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, both coming out in 2023. He has also appeared Off-Broadway opposite Susan Sarandon and Marin Ireland in Happy Talk, a play by Jesse Eisenberg. Nico can be currently seen stress eating carbs on his couch watching trashy TV while contemplating the delicate nature of our existence.