Ilasiea Gray is a multi-talented actress and arts educator who is a recipient of a True West Award for her impactful work in both. She is passionate about socially engaged theatre, educational theatre, and theatre for young audiences. She made history in Colorado playing the title role of Sleeping Beauty as a Black actress and also does on-camera work. As an educator, she teaches for many organizations across the country, for schools, has directed and devised countless youth productions, and runs her own acting programming for kids. In addition to educating young people, Ilasiea works in several professional development capacities including for educators, medical students, lawyers, and law enforcement. Her internationally published essay "Why Are There No 'Great' Kids of Color in Performing Arts" examines some of the challenges that kids of color (and educators of color) face in the arts due to systemic racism and aims to raise awareness for more cultural competency in these spaces.
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