Professional Vitae

Mrs. Chanda Branch

Education

TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY, NASHVILLE, TN
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE: SPEECH COMMUNICATIONS & THEATRE
WITH EDUCATION CERTIFICATION
Class of 2007, Cum Laude
*Presidential Performance Based Scholarship
*University Honors Program
*Gore Honors Convocation Recipient
*Presidential Academic Scholarship
*TSU Showstoppers-Show choir and ambassadors for the university
*TSU Tiger Gems-Pom Pom Spirit Squad

Ms. Black USA

*Competed as Ms. Black North Carolina: 2019

*Crowning Moment: August 10, 2019

*Platform: #stARTstrong/#stARTnow was inspired by my passion for engaging youth and communities of color in the arts for civic change and social justice. Some of the targets include engaging young people in high quality, pre-professional training, exposing communities of color to experiences with a wide range of art forms and cultures, and exploring lucrative and fulfilling careers in the arts.

*Appearing nationally to speak on panels, make special appearances, give vocal performances and promote the organization.

*Serves as a positive representation of Black Womanhood, not only to those who identify as black, but to people of every nationality and ethnic decent.

Acting Credits

TITLE * Role * Theatre * Company * Director

CALL & RESPONSE * Pearl * Women's Theatre Festival * Alexus Rhone

LOVING * Narrator * Pure Life Theatre * Deb Royals Mizerk

THREE LITTLE BIRDS * Montego * Raleigh Little Theatre * Deb Royals Mizerk

A MOTOWN CHRISTMAS * Featured Soloist * Pure Life Theatre * Deb Royals Mizerk

BIG FISH * The Witch * Theatre Raleigh * Eric Woodall

AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' * "Charlaine" * North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre * Liz Droessler

MTAG's POOLED (National Tour) * Thias * Li V Mahob Productions * Deb Royals

GYPSY * Ensemble * North Carolina Theatre * Eric Woodall

CROWNS * "Velma" * Raleigh Little Theatre * Terra Hodge

DOWNRANGE-STAGED READING * "Keisha" * Raleigh Little Theatre * Patrick Torres

ZUCCOTTI PARK-REGIONAL PREMIER * "Kate" * Justice Theater Project * Aya Wallace/Jesse Pressler

POOLED: THE WORLD PREMIERE * "Thias" * MTAG Productions * Moses T. Alexander Green

RAGTIME, THE MUSICAL      "Sarah" * Justice Theater Project * Jerry Sip

THE BLACK NATIVITY * "Soloist/Ensemble"      Justice Theater Project * Deb Royals

9 TO 5, THE MUSICAL * "Kathy" * St. Pete Little Theater * James Granelle

HAIRSPRAY, THE MUSICAL * "Lorraine" * St. Pete Little Theater * James Granelle

CHICAGO, THE MUSICAL * "Velma Kelly" * St. Pete Little Theater * James Granelle

SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ"Brenda" * St. Pete Little Theatre * Frank Hale

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About the Artist

Performer Stuff

Educational Productions

PRODUCTION * Role * Organization
METAMORPHOSES * Director * Southeast Theatre Company
THE FIGHT * Production Adviser * Greater Love Church
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS * Technical Director * Southeast Theatre Company
THE LITTLE MERMAID, JR. Creative Drama CoachJustice Theater Project
THE LION KING, JR.Choreographer/Director/ProducerMoore Square Middle
DECK THE STAGEDirector/ProducerFirst Baptist Church
WINTER SNOWCASEChoreographer/DirectorThurgood Marshall Middle
SPRING SHOWCASEChoreographer/DirectorThurgood Marshall Middle

Professional Educator

Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle School
Moore Square Magnet Middle School
Southern Wake Academy
Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School
8th Grade Prom Committee Member
Colorguard/Cheerleading/Dance Team Coach
BRANCH OUT FOR LEARNING Teacher Author-Teachers Pay Teachers

Mrs. Black North Carolina

*Competed as Mrs. Black Raleigh, USA 2017

*Crowning Moment: March 23, 2017

*Platform: #stARTstrong/#stARTnow: My platform as Mrs. Black North Carolina USA 2017 was inspired by one of her passions: engaging youth and communities of color in the arts for civic change and social justice. Some targets of her #stARTstrong platform include engaging young people in high quality, pre-professional training, exposing communities of color to experiences with a wide range of art forms and cultures, and exploring lucrative and fulfilling careers in the arts.   

*Awarded Top Talent Award for classical vocal singing

*Makes special appearances from the mountains to the coast promoting the #stARTstrong/#stARTnow platform, performing, inspiring others with the keynote address: "The Jewels In Your Crown", and representing black womanhood positively. Not only for North Carolinians who identify as Black, but as an example for all people

Wedding & Event Designer

Classique Soiree Weddings & Events, LLC
More than 25 Weddings
More than 30 Social Events
More than 10 Corporate Events

Community Service

MEMBERSHIPS INCLUDE:
ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY, INC.
SIGMA ALPHA IOTA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FRATERNITY FOR WOMEN, INC.
TOP LADIES OF DISTINCTION, INC.
RALEIGH ARTS COMMISSION-CHAIR & FORMER GRANT COMMITTEE CHAIR
NORTH CAROLINA THEATRE BOARD-EDUCATION COMMITTEE
RALEIGH BOYCHOIR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
SOUTHEAST CITIZENS’ ADVISORY BOARD
RALEIGH WAKE CITIZEN’S ASSOCIATION