Richarda Abrams - Actress/Singer/Playwright/Educator is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), the Actors Studio, a Board member of the League of Professional Theatre Women (LPTW) where she also serves as Co-Chair of the Networking Committee, a member of New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT), Black Theatre Network, Urban Artists Collective and a member of Actors Equity Association (AEA) and SAG-AFTRA. Richarda is also a founding member of NYU's Tisch East Alumni Council and she served as Co-Chair of legacy AFTRA's Equal Employment Opportunity Committee.
Richarda attended Professional Children's School (PCS) in New York City, a middle and high school for young people in the performing arts. While studying at PCS she worked professionally as an actress and singer and also studied voice privately with Amina Claudine Myers and music theory with Muhal Richard Abrams.
After graduating from PCS, Richarda enrolled in New York University's (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts in the Experimental Theatre Wing. She studied with such educators as Anne Bogart doing viewpoint work and Richard Schechner in Performance Studies. Upon receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with honors in Acting from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, Richarda continued her studies at NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, which included studying abroad at the University of Leeds, Bretton Hall College in ENGLAND, and teaching English students in the Havering School system, employing Theater in Education in the classroom. Richarda received a Master of Arts degree in Educational Theater from NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
Upon graduating from NYU, Richarda began working as a performing artist. Richarda sings with the Amina Claudine Myers Voice Choir in the USA and abroad and sang at the Music Festival Sons D'hiver in Paris, France. Richarda also performed in concert with the Muhal Richard Abrams' Ensemble at Roulette in New York and can be heard singing the title song on Muhal Richard Abrams' cd "Song for All" (Blacks Saint Records). Richarda is the announcer for the AACM New York City Chapter Concerts. She has also performed on the AACM NYC Concert Series. Her theatrical performances include: THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES at HERE Arts Center, NYC, VIEUX CARRE with director Austin Pendleton, FEAR ITSELF with Crossroads Theatre Company, HOME with the HADLEY Players that garnered her AUDELCO's Excellence in Black Theater Award for "Outstanding Ensemble Performance", ASCENSION part of the NY Fringe Festival at the Cherry Lane Theatre and again at The National Black Theatre Festival in North Carolina, FIRST BY FAITH: THE LIFE OF MARY MCLEOD BETHUNE written and performed by Richarda Abrams at New Federal Theatre and with The League of Professional Theatre Women's play festival "A Seat At The Table", INSURRECTION with director Robert O’Hara, HARRIET's RETURN, a solo performance play about Harriet Tubman with the Acting Company, THE ISLAND OF NO TOMORROWS with MultiStages, MEASURE FOR MEASURE with Take Wing And Soar Productions. Richarda also performed in Suzan-Lori Parks' 365DAYS/365PLAYS at The Public Theater, "In The Blood" by Suzan-Lori Parks and BLIND SIGHT with Yara Arts Group a resident Ukrainian/Japanese theatre company with the legendary Ellen Stewart's La Mama Experimental Theatre Club which also included traveling to UKRAINE to perform in an International Theatre Festival. Richarda has also appeared in film and television. Her performances include appearances and roles on: ABC's ONE LIFE TO LIVE, CBS' AS THE WORLD TURNS, CBS' COSBY, LIFETIME's SHERRI, SHOWTIME's OREOS WITH ATTITUDE, SESAME STREET's NOISES IN THE DARK and many independent films.
Richarda has also served as a consultant and teacher at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts' Drama Department. She has utilized Theater in Education in her teaching work with corporate training companies like Exec|Comm, Performance of a Lifetime, and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Richarda remains dedicated to the work as a full time performing artist on stage, in film and television, locally and abroad.