Performing has become second nature for Angela Ray. In fact, since her first recitation in First Baptist Church in Parkton, North Carolina, she hasn’t looked back. What began as way to gain attention and applause as child has emerged into a lifelong passion for words and performance. This passion proved positive, when Angela, a freshman in high school, advanced to represent the state of North Carolina in the National Civic Oration Contest. The attention was exciting as she was featured in newspapers, acknowledged by city officials and university chancellors through personal letters, and named Person of the Week in Fayetteville, her hometown. What seemed to be her shining moment though, soon faded as college was on the horizon.
An honors graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a double major in Radio, Television, Motion Pictures and Speech Communication, Angela explored many arenas for sharing her talent, emerging as a gifted artist. As an actress, her film and television credits include "Dawson’s Creek," "Miracle in the Woods," "Infamy," and "Awakened by a Daze." Her stage credits are many, two of which are "Day of Absence" at the Hayti Heritage Center, and Blues, which she starred in at the National Black Theater Festival for two consecutive biennials. She was nominated as supporting actress in a comedy series for her role in "The Dance on Widow’s Row" by the 2003 Triangle Theatre Awards.
Accomplished behind the scenes, Angela’s credits as a director include Toe Jam and On the Other Side of the Hill. As a playwright, she has two full-length plays to her credit: Loved Ones and Aluta Continua (the struggle continues) which was presented in conjunction with the University of North Carolina’s Bicentennial Celebration. She also served as artistic director of the Ebony Readers/Onyx Theatre for two years.
An award winning poet and spoken word artist, Angela won a George Moses Horton Award for her poem “How it Used to Be.” She has won several poetry slams along the east coast. She was a features poet at the Women’s Empowerment and Networking Luncheon, featuring keynote speaker Debbie Allen as well as the Black Workers for Justice Banquet featuring keynote speaker Danny Glover.
Presently, Angela is a certified professional speaker for Making It Count, owned by Monster.com where she has spoken to over 15,000 high school and college students about college. She also manages her company Mahogany Dime LLC. In addition, she also makes time for education by teaching for Duke University Youth Programs during the summer. As an artist, her motto is “Give back to the community that which the community has given to you.”
You can contact Ms. Ray via e-mail at AMahoganyDime@aol.com or by sending an e-mail to TimBookTu and it will be forwarded.