March 23, 2021
Homestead to Dreamsville: a conversation with Tamara Tunie
Critics raved about Tamara Tunie’s "gorgeous" voice and her "masterful" and "superb" performance in the Ordway’s highly acclaimed 2019 reimagined production of 42nd Street. Join us for a virtual conversation with this multi-talented, award-winning artist who is also a philanthropist and activist, working with Harlem Stage, God’s Love We Deliver, and Black Theatre United. We’ll talk with Tamara about her work on Broadway, from her debut with Lena Horne to her starring role alongside Denzel Washington; her film work, including two projects with Al Pacino; and her extraordinary 21 seasons as medical examiner Melinda Warner in the legendary NBC television series Law & Order: SVU.
This conversation will last approximately 60 minutes, followed by a 20-minute audience Q&A session. Audience questions may be submitted throughout the program.
The event will stream live, and viewing is free, but capacity is limited—reserve your spot now!
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Meet the Artists
Meet the Artists is a series of livestreamed conversations with performers, directors, designers, and more, curated to take you inside our flagship series, Broadway at the Ordway. Join Ordway Producing Artistic Director Rod Kaats and have your very own virtual "audience" with the incredible local and national artists who make our Broadway shows so special.
About the Artists
Tamara Tunie: Ordway and Twin Cities Debut: 42nd Street. Broadway: Julius Caesar, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, Oh, Kay!, and the 20th anniversary post-9/11 benefit concert of Dreamgirls. Off Broadway: Building the Wall, Public Theatre: The Library, Playwright’s Horizons: Familiar (Obie Award Winner); Regional: Kennedy Center: Fences, Pittsburgh Public Theater: The Tempest, City Theatre: The Roommate, Barrington Stage Company: American Son (World Premiere), Theatre Virginia: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Film: Flight, The Devil’s Advocate, The Caveman’s Valentine, City Hall, Snake Eyes, Fall To Rise, and Irreplaceable You. Television: Black Earth Rising, Dietland, The Red Road, and Law and Order: SVU. As a director: See You in September starring Estella Warren and Justin Kirk. Directed and co-wrote the world premiere of JAZZLAND at The Harlem School of the Arts. As producer: Spring Awakening (Tony Award), Magic/Bird, and Radio Golf (Tony Nominee). Tunie is on the Board of Directors at Harlem Stage/The Gatehouse, God’s Love We Deliver, Hearts of Gold, and The Center for Military Medical Research at UPMC. A Pittsburgh native and acclaimed vocalist, her debut album Dreamsville was launched at the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival.
T. Mychael Rambo
T. Mychael Rambo is a Regional Emmy Award winning actor, vocalist, arts educator, and community organizer. Twin Cities: Penumbra, Guthrie, Ordway, Illusion Theatre, Mixed Blood, New Dawn Theatre, Park Square Theatre, 10,000 Things, Theater Latte Da, Children’s Theatre and Minnesota Opera. Nationally/Internationally: Carnegie Hall and performances in Africa, Europe and South America. Film/TV: local and national television commercials, feature films, HBO mini-series. Recording artist: CD's: Simply and The Gift; A Christmas With Love. T. Mychael had the great honor of singing the National Anthem for both President Barak Obama and President Jimmy Carter. Awards: 2010 Sally Award in Arts Educator, 2010 Minnesota Black Music Award, Young Audience Artist of the Year, McKnight Theatre Artist Fellowship, Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Fellowship, Bush Finalist and both the University of Minnesota Century Council Community Award and Outstanding Community Service Award among others. Other credits: Motivational speaker whose clients include: Target, Ameriprise, St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation, Bush Foundation, University of Minnesota and some of Minnesota’s other top philanthropic, academic and corporate leaders. Education: resident artist and an affiliate professor in the College of Liberal Arts, Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota.