Portrait By Ellis C. Dawson lll / @Therealellisdawson
What is your hope for The Blueprint?
I want it to be the place where BIPOC emerging artists come to form community and learn how to bring themselves, just as they are, to the work. I want The Blueprint alums to be who everyone is trying to hire and collaborate with!
Who do you do this for?
I do this for all BIPOC students who have felt marginalized and ignored in PWIs and in the industry. I do this for artists like myself who have felt helpless for many years, trying to figure out how to make the changes that we so desperately need.
What is one hope you have for the future of our industry?
I can't wait for BIPOC inclusion in the industry to be equal to our
presence in the world.
Who are 3 BIPOC artists that inspire you and your work?
Beyoncé, Kehinde Wiley, Kemiyondo Coutinho
What advice do you have for emerging BIPOC artists?
Don't shrink yourself. Take up space. It's yours.
Nemuna Ceesay (she/her/hers) is an actor originally from California and
based in New York. She has an MFA in acting from American Conservatory
Theater and has been seen onstage at CalShakes, Joe’s Pub, PlayMakers
Rep, Woolly Mammoth, A.R.T., The Public, and spent 2 years at the
Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Favorite TV credits include: Bull, Broad City,
Instinct, Younger, FBI, Prodigal Son and Katy Keene. She has performed
internationally at Theatre Calgary and the Moscow Art Theatre. Nemuna
has been teaching for many years and currently teaches acting at Hunter
College, Circle in the Square Theatre School, and Long Island University.
She has her own business coaching actors for MFA Auditions. Follow her
on Instagram @_nemuna_ and @see.say.act and visit her website