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Cantrella Canady


Cantrella Canady is one of the best young actors in Southwest Florida today. She appears regularly in productions at Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts, Laboratory Theater of Florida, Cultural Park Theatre, The Naples Players and Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. She currently appears in Broadway Palm’s production of Little Shop of Horrors.

Among her impressive credits are roles as the runaway wife in August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Gulf Coast Symphony’s production of Showboat at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Lala Lamazing Grace in George Wolfe’s edgy The Colored Museum, Ruth Younger in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun (for which she received a Broadway World Best Actress nomination), Ruby in August Wilson’s Seven Guitars, Ma Rainey in August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Lady Fidget in The Country Wife, Claudia in The Bluest Eye, Quincy/Bart Simpson in Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play and Lady in Green in For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.

Cantrella’s other acting credits include Eternal Flame, Junk in the Trunk and Lemon Twist in Lab Theater’s inaugural Festival of Tens (2019), Andorra (the Innkeeper), Madagascar: A Musical Adventure (for Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre), Sister Act: The Musical (for The Naples Players), Sister Act: The Musical (for Cultural Park Theatre), Mabel in The Pajama Game (for Cultural Park), Deborah Lake Fortson’s Body & Sold (for Lab Theater) and The Rauschenberg Project Play (also for Lab Theater). For her portrayal of lounge singer Deloris Van Cartier in Sister Act, Canady won a 2018 Cultural Park Marquee Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical and also received a Broadway World Best Actress nomination.

She will be appearing next season in Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche at Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts.

A graduate of the Alliance for the Arts’ inaugural 9-week CHANGE acting course, Canady finds staged readings useful for expanding and honing her formidable acting skills. She read the part of Inez Jessie in Soulforce at Florida Gulf Coast University, Smoke during Florida Repertory Theatre’s PlayLab staged reading, and more recently, Routine at The Naples Players (January 28, 2018) and Julie at Lab Theater (February 12, 2018).

Her love of acting has also inspired her to perform in several community theater productions and web skits.

She is enrolled at Florida Gulf Coast University, where she is pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a minor in Theater.

Cantrella also currently co-hosts Divine Destiny Radio Talk Show and is a member of the Gospel Jams Radio Show, Jam Crew. Canady also appeared in Angela Pierre and the Motown 4 at Cultural Park Theater in Cape Coral and hosted the “As Small as a Mustard Seed: Planting as We Grow” Benefit Dinner at The New Beginnings of SWFL. She also understudied for the role of Silvia in Cultural Park Theater’s production of All Shook Up.

When she isn’t on stage bringing characters to life, Cantrella enjoys her free time by listening to all genres of music, attending live theatrical performances, spending time with her family, and traveling at any opportunity she gets.

April 27, 2019.


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