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Phylicia Rashad

Phylicia Rashad

Keynote Speaker: Actress, Dean of Fine Arts at Howard University, Advocate for Children, Women's Issues & Fine Arts

Phylicia Rashad Biography

An accomplished actor and stage director, Phylicia Rashad became a household name when she portrayed Claire Huxtable on The Cosby Show, a character whose enduring appeal has earned her numerous honors and awards for over two decades. She has appeared as Carol on NBC’s This Is Us (2019 and 2020 Emmy nominations), Diana Dubois on the popular Fox TV series Empire, and as Dr. Woods-Trap in Tarrell Alvin McCraney's Peabody Award-winning series David Makes Man, on the OWN Network. While television was a catalyst in the rise of Rashad's career, she has also been a force on the stage, appearing both on and Off-Broadway, often in projects that showcase her musical talent such as Jelly's Last Jam, Into the Woods, Dreamgirls and The Wiz*.

In 2016, Rashad was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame and received the 2016 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Play for her performance as Shelah in Tarell Alvin McCraney's Head of Passes at the Public Theater, a role which she reprised at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Rashad performed the role of the Duchess of Gloucester in Richard II, the 2020 Shakespeare on the Radiocollaboration between The Public Theater and New York public radio station, WNYC.

Rashad received both the Drama Desk and the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her riveting performance as Lena Younger in the 2004 Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin In The Sun. Among Rashad’s film credits are Creed and Creed II, Just Wright, and Tyler Perry's Good Deeds, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf and the 2020 release, A Fall From Grace. Recent film projects include Black Box, the animated Pixar fantasy, Soul, and the Christmas musical, Jingle Jangle.

Rashad made her critically acclaimed directorial debut at the Seattle Repertory Theater with August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean. She has also directed Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Our Lady of 121st Street at the Signature Theatre, The Roommate at Steppenwolf Theatre, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (2014 NAACP Theatre Award for Best Director) at the Mark Taper Forum, Immediate Family at the Taper and Goodman Theatre, Fences at the Long Wharf Theatre and McCarter Theatre, A Raisin in the Sun at Ebony Repertory Theatre, Kirk Douglas Theatre, and Westport Country Playhouse, and Four Little Girls at the Kennedy Center. She will direct an upcoming revival of Charles Randolph Wright’s Blue in New York in 2021.

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Phylicia Rashad Speaking Topics

Women's Leadership

Importance of Volunteerism

Phylicia Rashad Videos

A Conversation with Phylicia Rashad - YouTube
Phylicia Rashad Opens Up About 'The Cosby Show'
Phylicia Rashad and Kenny Leon on Their Special Relationship

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What topics does Phylicia Rashad speak about?

Phylicia Rashad is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as College, Black Heritage, Television & Film, Health, Diversity, Entertainers, Family & Parenting, Performing Arts, Personal Growth, Inspirational, Women, Literacy, Entrepreneurship, Healthcare, Heart Health, Social Activism, Education, Female Leadership, Influential Women, Motivational, Acting and Art.

Where does Phylicia Rashad travel from?

Phylicia Rashad generally travels from Washington, DC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

Who is the agent for Phylicia Rashad?

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Phylicia Rashad is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including College, Black Heritage and Television & Film. Please contact us for live or virtual event fee details. Phylicia Rashad generally travels from Washington, DC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Hill Harper, Rita Moreno and Lisa Leslie. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Phylicia Rashad for an upcoming event.

Phylicia Rashad Speaking Topics

  • Women's Leadership

  • Importance of Volunteerism

Phylicia Rashad Videos

A Conversation with Phylicia Rashad - YouTube
Phylicia Rashad Opens Up About 'The Cosby Show'
Phylicia Rashad and Kenny Leon on Their Special Relationship
Phylicia Rashad Talks Self Esteem, Learning to Love Herself & Her New Show
Good Deeds - Phylicia Rashad

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