Born: Mar 11, 1922 AD
Died: 2002 AD, at 80 years of age.
1922 - She was born in New York City on the 11th of March.
1944-1946 - She returned to New York, where she received a B.A. from Long Island University and an M.A. from New York University.
- She completed doctoral work in psychology at Columbia University and she worked as a clinical psychologist with the NYC Bureau of Child Guidance before pursuing acting.
1948 - She left the field of psychology to study theater, and , she accepted a scholarship to attend the Erwin Piscator’s Dramatic Workshop at the New School for Social Research and studied with Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler, Margaret Barker, and Susan Steele.
- She taught theater arts and directed productions as a member of the faculty of the high school of Performing Arts in New York City.
1957-1962 - She made her Broadway debut and she won an Obie Award for her role in Errol John’s Moon on a Rainbow Shawl.
1964 - She won an Emmy Award for Beyond The Blues, which dramatized the works of Black poets.
1967 - She founded the Urban Arts Corps to foster participation by minority groups in all aspects of the theatrical arts, specialized in works by African-American writers and composers.
1972 - She became the first African American woman to direct on Broadway with her staging of Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope.
2002 - She died of heart disease and diabetes in Lauderhill, Florida on the 5th of November at age 80.
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