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.

Respected in the academic world, Rashad has conducted Master Classes at many colleges, universities, and arts organizations including Howard University, New York University, Carnegie Mellon, The Black Arts Institute of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and the prestigious Ten Chimneys Foundation established at the Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne Estate. Ms. Rashad also holds the distinction of being the first recipient of the Denzel Washington Chair in Theatre at Fordham University.

Rashad’s commitment to excellence in the performing arts has been recognized by the numerous colleges and universities that have presented her with Honorary Doctorates. Among them: The University of South Carolina at Columbia, Brown University, St. Augustine College, Providence College, Barber Scotia College, Clark Atlanta University, Morris Brown College, Carnegie Mellon University, Howard University, and Fordham University. Rashad also received an Honorary Doctorate from Spelman College where First Lady Michelle Obama delivered the 2011 commencement address.

In 2015, Rashad received the BET Honors Theatrical Arts Award, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre's Spirit of Shakespeare Award, and the Inaugural Legacy Award of the Ruben Santiago-Hudson Fine Arts Learning Center. Among the other awards that decorate her walls and shelves are the 2018 Will Award from Washington D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre Company, the 2014 Mosaic Woman Legend Award of Diversity Woman Magazine, The Texas Medal of Arts, The National Council of Negro Women’s Dorothy L. Height Dreammaker Award, AFTRA’s AMEE Award for Excellence in Entertainment, New York Women in Film and Television’s Muse Award for Outstanding Vision and Achievement, Dallas Women in Film Topaz Award, and the Pan African Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Rashad also serves on a number of prestigious boards including Brainerd Institute Heritage (which is steering the restoration of Kumler Hall at the historic site of Brainerd Institute in Chester, South Carolina) and DADA-he Debbie Allen Dance Academy.

Since 2017, Rashad has been the Brand Ambassador of the National Trust for Historic Preservation African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund. She is also a founding member of Black Theatre United (BTU). Ms. Rashad graduated Magna Cum Laude from Howard University and is the mother of two adult children. In 2021, Howard University announced Rashad has been appointed dean of the recently reestablished College of Fine Arts.

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Phylicia Rashad Videos

Phylicia Rashad Opens Up About 'The Cosby Show'
Phylicia Rashad Opens Up About 'The Cosby Show'
Phylicia Rashad and Kenny Leon on Their Special Relationship
Phylicia Rashad and Kenny Leon on Their Special Relationship
Phylicia Rashad at SCAD aTVfest
Phylicia Rashad at SCAD aTVfest

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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 Health. The estimated speaking fee range to book Phylicia Rashad for live events is $50,000 - $100,000, and for virtual events $30,000 - $50,000. Phylicia Rashad generally travels from San Francisco, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Mayim Bialik, Daymond John and LeVar Burton. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Phylicia Rashad for an upcoming event.

Phylicia Rashad Videos

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

Phylicia Rashad Speaking Topics

  • Women's Leadership

  • Importance of Volunteerism

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