Khalia Davis, a fabulous featured member, launched her acting career in the Bay at an early age and continues to enjoy a great variety of work here as an adult. Khalia braved the Theatre Bay Area general auditions earlier this year, and subsequently participated in TBA's ATLAS program, where she was named a finalist for the Titan award. Over the next year, she will receive a professional mentorship through the program.
| TBA Featured Member Khalia Davis.|
Tell us a little about your theatre work.
I have been performing professionally on the stage since I was 13 years old, when I was cast in Jane Eyre and Memphis at TheatreWorks. After receiving my BA from the University of Southern California, I returned to the Bay to pursue my professional acting career as an adult. I have worked with numerous professional companies including Children's Musical Theater San Jose, Broadway by the Bay, Z Space, TheatreWorks, Cal Shakes, Bay Area Children's Theatre, and more.
Do you have a favorite play, or a favorite production you've seen?
I have always loved Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, but when I saw The Color Purple on Broadway, I started weeping after the first song. The show's creators made something so beautiful out of a story full of ugly circumstances.
What do you like about the theatre scene here in the Bay?
Since returning to the Bay, I have thoroughly enjoyed attending shows and seeing friends in productions, working box offices, stage managing, or even just sitting in the audience. I have never felt such a sense of community as I do here. I have experienced nothing but support and encouragement from my peers as we all strive for success in this industry. The best part about doing theatre in the Bay is getting a chance to work with all kinds of diverse artistic talent. No one I have worked with has only had a single interest; they fully embody the definition of true artists by possessing multiple talents and skills.
Anything coming up soon that you're excited about?
After closing Dreamgirls with Broadway by the Bay this summer I will be switching musical genres completely to work with 42nd St. Moon in their production of The Boyfriend! Because my passion is in children's theatre and entertainment, I am also excited to perform with Bay Area Children's Theatre in their school tour this year as well as in their main stage production, Three Little Birds!
Do you have a resource or piece of advice you'd like to share?
I have to admit that I am constantly growing and learning, which means I still stumble, but I have a daily affirmation that I feel applies to anyone pursuing a life in the arts: Our gifts are worthy to be shared. I am a firm believer in finding what you love and living that passion to the fullest. There is always a way.
Theatre Bay Area members: Creative. Committed. Community.