Hailed as the “Next Big Thing” by The Hollywood Reporter, Teyonah Parris is taking the town by storm. Whether lighting up the Sundance hit DEAR WHITE PEOPLE or stealing scenes in the blockbuster Golden Globe® and Emmy Award©-winning TV series Mad Men as Don Draper’s assistant “Dawn Chambers,” Parris is the most electric talent to hit Hollywood in a generation, with an award-winning leading role opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett in the Spike Lee film CHI-RAQ and a starring role on the Starz comedy Survivor’s Remorse, there’s no stopping this Julliard grad on her way to superstardom.
Making her debut on the silver screen in 2010 opposite Reese Witherspoon and Jack Nicholson in the James L. Brooks-directed romantic comedy HOW DO YOU KNOW, in addition to a run on Broadway that same year in the John Guare (‘Six Degrees of Separation’) directed play ‘A Free Man of Color’ with Jeffrey Wright and Mos Def, Parris has quickly established herself as one to watch.
With a southern charm, unparalleled drive and a trademark smile, Parris is a self-proclaimed tomboy and beauty queen, always thriving on being unique and never adhering to stereotypes. She started her journey in front of audiences by participating in pageants and modeling. As a graduate of the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City, Parris has already worked with such notable names as Debbie Allen and George C. Wolfe, amongst many others. She has also trained under distinguished professors, Richard Feldman and Wendy Waterman. During her time in undergrad, Parris performed in numerous productions crediting “Celimene” in Moliere's 'The Misanthrope,' as her favorite role to date.
Rising actress Teyonah Parris is devoting her efforts to the mission of helping black girls uniquely define, discover and become who they are by joining Philadelphia based organization, UNIQUELY YOU SUMMIT, INC. (UYS).