Judi Ann Mason (Playwright)
February 2, 1955—July 8, 2009
Trailblazing TV/film writer and playwright Judi Ann Mason began her professional writing career in New York City where she was a member of the NEC (The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc). Daughters of the Mock was originally produced in New York City by NEC at St. Marks Playhouse December 20, 1978-January 7, 1979.
When she joined the Writers Guild of America, West in 1975, Mason continued the legacy begun in 1953 by Helen Thompson, the Guild’s first African-American member. Writers Guild Award-winning writer Tina Andrews notes about Mason, “So many of us are here as writers because she was first willing to assist our journeys. I thank God I had her powerful shoulders to stand upon.” Mason also taught playwriting and screenwriting at a number of colleges and universities for over twenty years.
Denise Yvonne Dowse (Director)
Denise Dowse, originally from Honolulu Hawaii the daughter of a Naval officer, graduated from Norfolk State University with a BA in English/Theatre, is best known to television audiences for her recurring role as Vice-Principal Mrs. Teasley Beverly Hills 90210. Guest appearances include; Insecure, The Imposters, Murder in the First, Secrets & Lies, Criminal Minds, Law & Order, Charmed, and The West Wing. Film work includes The Call, Ray, Coach Carter. Theatre Credits: (LA) Three Times a Lady, Sassy Mamas, Darker Face of the Earth, Vagina Monologues, Othello and A Lovely Malfunction in-NEC. Denise began directing in Germany as theatre specialist. Recent directing credits: Beauty and the Beast & Hairspray for Celerity Schools and the sold out run of Recorded in Hollywood at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. For 18 years Denise was the Resident Director at Amazing Grace Conservatory (a weekend performing arts school for youth ages 8-18).
Kristin Dodson (Amanita)
Kristin Dodson (Amanita) With a strong theater background, Kristin has played roles in works such as “Noises Off”, “Waiting for Godot”, and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. She studied political science at SUNY Albany before realizing that being a lawyer wasn’t her passion any longer. She would star in her first short film, “Ambition” two years after graduating college. That short film would start Kristin on the path of being a professional actor. She has starred in her first off- Broadway play in the role of Beneatha Younger, from “A Raisin in the Sun” and also in the Sundance Film “Roxanne Roxanne”. She has taken film classes with Jeffrey Zeiner of Weist Barron and NY Film Academy. Kristin has recently been accepted to The British American Acting Academy at Oxford University, where she will study Shakespeare. Kristin is also signed with Abrams Artist Agency
Edythe Jason (Maumau)
Edythe Jason (Maumau) is very happy to be working with NEC again. She was last seen at NEC in “A Lovely Malfunction” playing the Old Woman. Some other roles include: Dr. Bridges, ”Timeless”; Clara Boudreaux, ”Indigo Blues”; Lola, ”Jar the Floor”; Sophie, “Flyin’ West”; Rose, “Fences”; Sister Moore, “The Amen Corner”; and Billie Holiday, “Lady Day” at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. She holds the BA degree from Fisk University and the MM degree from Indiana University. She studied acting with William Esper and at the Neighborhood Playhouse. Edythe would like to Denise and Karen.
Claudia McCoy (Maneda)
Claudia McCoy (Maneda) Born and raised in NYC, Claudia McCoy is a woman who wears many hats and juggles many talents either on stage, on camera, or behind it. She studied acting and dancing at SUNY Potsdam. In 2013, Claudia began nurturing her gift as a writer. Since then, she has written over 15 scripts, one of which was produced and performed at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Theatre credits include: “The Protests of Pharaoh’s Daughter” (Mystic, Connecticut); “Slave Ship” (Liverpool, England); “Seussical The Musical” (Potsdam, NY). TV/Film: “The Kandi Factory” and “Flawed”. She is proud to work with the Negro Ensemble Company in her Off-Broadway debut.
Brenda Crawley (Oralia)
Brenda Crawley (Oralia) Brenda is thrilled to be working with the cast of Daughters of the Mock and the Negro Ensemble Company. Theatre credits: “Nurse in Uncle Abram”; “The Little Eagle Project”; La Madrecita in “Camino Real”, Columbia Stages; Ms. Mitchell in “Breaking 100”, Gene Frankel Theatre; Mrs. O’Neil in “The Sunshine Boys”, Amateur Comedy Club; Belinda in “The Messiah Complex”, National Black Theatre; Luanne in “First Time”, Aching Dogs Theatre; Angela in “The Names”, The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre; and Mrs. Muller in “Doubt”, The Gloria Maddox Theatre. Special thanks to director Denise Dowse and the great cast of Daughters of the Mock for their support and a wonderful working experience.
Lynne Michelle (Gail)