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About QSTC Members


 Theater is often spoken of in terms of its universality. We celebrate it for its ability to shine a light on our common humanity, reflecting back to us our depth and complexity, and elevating our lives to a height worthy of artistry. But more often than not, the universality we laud remains one in which whiteness is centered, maleness is dominant,
and heteronormativity 
is the rule.
Quick Silver Theater Company was established to shift this dynamic, localizing our storytelling in a specificity of culture/race, class, gender, and sexuality that allows for a different kind of uncovering of truth, broadening the scope of our understanding, empathy, and engagement both as theater creators as well as theater consumers.

TYRONE MITCHELL HENDERSON – Founder & Executive Director of Audelco Award nominated, Quick Silver Theater Company. Broadway: The Skin of Our Teeth. Broadway tour: Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk. Off-Broadway: Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Yellowman, Rancho Viejo, The America Play (world premiere), Two Noble Kinsmen, The Tempest, King Lear, The Piano Lesson, The Public Sings. Regional: The Magician's Daughter (world premiere) Aubergine (world premiere), Intelligent Homosexuals Guide… (Berkeley Rep), WAR (world premiere), The Winter’s Tale, Piano Lesson and An Enemy of the People (Yale Rep), Jitney (ATL), Radio Golf (Milwaukee Rep), Romeo & Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra, Julius Caesar (STC). Film: Theater Camp, Funny Pages,
The Upside (2019), Ride for your Life, Unforgettable, & The Treatment  . Television: "The Good Fight" -recurring role: Barry, “Sneaky Pete”, “Elementary”, “House of Cards”, “Orange is the New Black”, “Unforgettable”, “Boardwalk Empire”, “The Following”, “Suits”, “Law and Order” (series trifecta - 7 episodes). Tyrone has received multiple theatrical award nominations as an actor and is the recipient of the Leon Rabin Award- (Dallas Theatre Critics). He received his B.A. in Theatre Arts from SUNY Stony Brook.

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Tyrone Mitchell Henderson

Lizan Mitchell

LIZAN MITCHELL – Co-Founder QSTC: Broadway: Ohio State Murders, Electra, Having Our Say, and So Long on Lonely Street. Off Broadway credits include: The First Noel, Brownsville Song, Cell, Rosmersholm, For Colored Girls (25th Anniversary), Gum and Ma Rose and Salt. Regional Theatre: A Raisin in the Sun (Arena Stage), The Good Peaches (Cleveland Playhouse), The House That Will Not Stand (Yale Repertory, Berkeley Repertory, Victory Gardens), Dead and Breathing (CATF, National Black Theater), A Trip to Bountiful (Cincinnati Playhouse and Roundhouse Theater). Film: "DETROIT" (2017), The Human Stain and The Preacher's Wife. Television: “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”, “Deadbeat”, “We'll Never Have Paris”, “Golden Boy”, “John Adams”, “The Good Wife”, “Law &Order”, “Sesame Street” and “The Wire”.

PASCALE ARMAND – Chief Publications Manager QSTC: Ms. Armand is proud to be an award-winning actor. Within her body of work, she has had the pleasure of appearing on Broadway: in the history-making production of Eclipsed by Danai Gurira (2016 Tony-nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play) and The Trip to Bountiful with Ms. Cicely Tyson. Regional and Off Broadway Theatre: embodying Shakespearean characters Delacorte Theatre's Merry Wives of Windsor 'Rosaline' in Love's Labor's Lost, 'Marina' in Pericles, 'Ophelia' in Hamlet, 'Celia' in As You Like It, performing in solid works of African-American playwrights 'Beneatha' in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, 'Grace' in The Piano Lesson, 'Rena' in Jitney, 'Black Mary' in Gem of the Ocean by August Wilson and 'Salima' in Lynn Nottage's Ruined and originating characters in premieres of contemporary pieces ('Jupiter' in Kia Corthron's Breath, Boom in the first American production, 'Jekesai/Ester' in Danai Gurira's The Convert (Los Angeles Ovation Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play) and 'Amina' in Belleville by Amy Herzog). Other works include Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' An Octoroon. Television: “The Blacklist”, “American Odyssey”, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”. She is a core member of Quick Silver Theater and an alumna of NYU's Graduate Acting Program.

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Pascale Armand

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Rachel Leslie

RACHEL LESLIE – Grants and Programming Officer of QSTC:

Broadway: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child.  Off Broadway: Nightlands (New George’s), The Conscientious Objector (The Keen Company) The Duchess of Malfi (The Queen’s Company) and an original work by Kristin Marting, The Women of Orleans (HERE). Film: The Ticket and the award winning short Quietly. Television: “Difficult People”, “Unforgettable”, “Alpha House”, “666 Park Avenue” and “Law & Order”. Regional theatre: Seven Guitars (Yale Repertory Theatre), All the Way (Cleveland Playhouse), The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Folger, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, Roundhouse Theatre, The Hangar Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Geva, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, The Guthrie Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre, Penumbra and New Jersey Shakespeare Festival. Rachel was a member of The Drawing Board and she holds a BA in Psychology from George Washington University and an MFA in Acting from Temple University.

SERGEI BURBANK – Resident Playwright and Literary Manager of QSTC:

is a New-York-City-based performer, audiobook narrator, playwright, and producer. His plays, articles, and short fiction have been published by Indie Theater Now, NYTheaterNow, Parabasis, Howlround, Baseball Prospectus, and fwriction:review. He is a member of Actor's Equity Association, and has an MFA in Playwriting from the Writer's Foundry at St. Joseph’s College. Sergei’s plays, Conversion Rate and (_l_) or the Ass of the Prophet, were finalists during QST’s (2016-2017) Playwrights of Color Summit. As the Resident Playwright, Sergei compiled the text for QSTC's devised theatre piece entitled Albino Deer,  which was presented as part of the Episcopal Actors' Guild - Open Stage Grant. | @sergeiburbank

Sergei Burbank

Inga Ballard

INGA BALLARD – Vocal Coach and Teaching Artist of QSTC:

National Tours: Ragtime (1st and 2nd). Off Broadway: Antigone (Storm Theatre), Blind Lemon Blues (York Theatre). Concerts: Ragtime (Avery Fisher Hall), Panorama Jazz with the Duke Ellington Big Band (United Arab Emirates Tour), Regional: Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare Theatre Co.), The Colored Museum (Crossroads Theatre Co.), Hairspray, Smokey Joe’s Café, Ragtime, Show Boat (Sacramento Music Circus), Hairspray and Les Miserables (IRNE) nominee, Fame and Nine (Northshore Music Theatre), Ella (Arizona Theatre Co.), Yellowman (Pittsburgh Public Theatre), Crowns (City Theatre Pittsburgh), All My Sons (Actors Theatre of Louisville), The Crucible (Syracuse Stage), Show Boat, Hairspray and Gypsy (Westchester Broadway Theatre), Hairspray (Houston’s TUTS, Cape Playhouse, The Lyric Theatre of OK, The New Theatre). Finnian’s Rainbow (Goodspeed Opera House). Television: “Red Oaks”, “Law & Order CI”, “All My Children” and “30 Rock”. Inga received her B.A in Drama from UC Davis and her M.F.A. in Acting from USC. Inga is a proud member of AEA, SAG- AFTRA.

KEITH RANDOLPH SMITH – Playwright & Research Director of QSTC:

Broadway: Jitney, Fences, Come Back Little Sheba, King Hedley II, Salome and The Piano Lesson. Off Broadway: Jitney, Fabulation, First Breeze of Summer, Before It Hits Home, Holiday Heart, A Soldier’s Play, and Speak Truth to Power. Regional theatre: Sunset Baby, Water by the Spoonful, Looking Over the President’s Shoulder, Antony and Cleopatra, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, The Dreams of Sarah Breedlove, Les Trois Dumas, and Death of a Salesman FILM: Malcolm X, Girl Six, Aneshesia, Back Street Justice, Path to Paradise, Journeyman and Three Windows. Television: “The Cosby Show”, “NY Undercover”, “I’ll Fly Away”, “Onion Sports Desk”, “All My Children”, “One Life to Live” and “Another World”.

Keith Randolph Smith

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Jody Reynard

JODY REYNARD – Choreographer, Movement Specialist and Teaching Artist of QSTC: Broadway: in Summer, Legally Blonde, Taboo, Saturday Night Fever, Fosse and Broadway bound Roman Holiday. His national touring credits include Chicago, Memphis, Kiss Me Kate, Camelot and My Fair Lady. He has also been seen on The Oprah Winfrey Show, One Life to Live and in the Documentary: Show Business: The Road to Broadway. Jody holds a BA in Theatre from Kennesaw State University

JASMINE M. RUSH – Events Managing Assistant & Mentor for Classical Text of QSTC: is a Brooklyn based African American actress, writer and producer. Select regional credits: The Amen Corner (Shakespeare Theatre Company), Intimate Apparel (Sierra Rep), Barbecue and Saturday Night/Sunday Morning (Lyric Stage Company of Boston), Laura (Greater Boston Stage Company/Stoneham Theatre),The Forgetting Curve (Bridge Rep of Boston). TV credits include: “Blue Bloods”, “Difficult People” and “The Sinner”. She earned her M.F.A. in Classical Acting from Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy of Classical Acting at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and her B.A. in Theatre Arts from University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. She is a proud member of both SAG-AFTRA and Actor’s Equity Association.

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Jasmine M. Rush

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Curtis Wiley

CURTIS WILEY – Vocal Coach and Teaching Artist of QSTC:
Most recently played Coalhouse in Wilmington's Opera House Theatre's production of Ragtime.  Broadway & Tours: The Temptations Musical-Ain't Too Proud, Diner, Jersey Boys, The Lion King, and Motown. Off Broadway: Attack Of The Elvis Impersonators (Lion Theatre), The Total Bent (Public Theater), Rothschild & Sons (York Theatre Co.), The Artist & The Scientist (Cap21), Straight Faced Lies (Fringe NYC), Pageant: The Musical (Off Broadway Revival), The Great Society (York Shakespeare Co), TUT (NYMF), King Lear (Exit, Pursued by a Bear) and The Wild Party (Columbia Stages). Curtis is an alumnus of the Sundance Theatre Institute, Wig Out (playwright Tarell McCraney). Curtis had the distinct pleasure of working with Negro Ensemble Co., Martin: Before the Dream, and has been featured in the "Future Classics Series" at Classical Theatre of Harlem.

CANDYCE ADKINS - POC Summit Administrator at QSTC
New York: Uncle Vanya (Columbia University), Television: “Homicide City”. Candyce works as an actor/trainer for NYPD officer trainings.  Candyce is a teaching artist & director at On Broadway Performing Arts Training Program, founded by Broadway veteran Rema Webb & Daniel Siford. Through this program she has directed 4 musicals: Hairspray, High School Musical, Rent & Spamalot.  As a QSTC member, Candyce has appeared in numerous play readings and is a staple associate for the Playwrights of Color Summit.


Candyce Adkins

 QSTC Members in Absentia

Alejandro Rodgriguez

Flor De Liz Perez

Dion Graham

Joniece Abbott Pratt

Mandi Masden

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