Soara-Joye Ross

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Soara-Joye Ross, previously known as Joy Ross, Joye Ross, Joy E. T. Ross, and also known as Soara-Joyce Ross[1] (because of her name being misspelled) is an American actress and singer.

Career[edit]

Ross' Broadway acting credits include Les Misérables the Revival and Dance of the Vampires, where she made her Broadway debut.

Ross starred in the Off-Broadway productions of Single Black Female at the Playwrights Horizons theater and then The Duke on 42nd Street theater. She performed in Dessa Rose at the Lincoln Center, where she was the second cover for La Chanze when she wasn't playing the role of Annabel. Ross also did Jerry Springer: The Opera at Carnegie Hall, and was in "The Tin Pan Alley Rag" at the Laura Pels Theatre with The Roundabout Theatre Company as a cover for the roles of Treemonisha and Monisha, where she performed the role Monisha.

Ross has performed overseas as a soloist in the popular European show Palazzo Colombino,[2] done a tour of Ain't Misbehavin' playing the role of "Charlayne" and Smokey Joe's Café, where she was a swing for the roles "B.J.", "Patti" and "Brenda", and a U.S. tour of Smokey Joe's Cafe with Gladys Knight. Ms. Ross played the role of "Mama Lila" in the 2009 New York Musical Theatre Festival where she worked with Donna McKechnie[3] and won the "Best of Fest" Outstanding Individual Performance Award in the show written by Allan Harris entitled Cross That River.[4][5]

Regionally she has been in Aida (Aida) at The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities,[6] where she was nominated By the Colorado Guild: Outstanding Performance by and Actress in a musical, Tick Tick Boom (Susan) at the Alliance Theater, From the Mississippi Delta, Ragtime (Sarah) at Gateway Playhouse and Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, Ain't Misbehavin' (Armelia) at The Huntington Theatre Company and Once On This Island (Asaka/Andrea) at Sacramento Music Circus and The Bay Street Theatre/Mill Mountain Theater.

Ross has done numerous readings and workshops and also appeared in the feature film Garden State as the Handi-World Cashier.[1]

In 2006, Ross started a support group called "OFF-STAGE" for actors, singers and other performances to help them deal with the entertainment business.

Personal background[edit]

Ross was born in Queens, New York. She was adopted by Rita T. Ross (now Rita Soares) and Joseph Ross at a very young age. In 2005 Ross reunited with her birth mother Lavonne Patterson. Upon finding her mother, she reunited with her paternal grandmother, maternal grandfather and years later her birth father Orick Sweetwine.

Ross attended Nassau Community College majoring in Vocal Performance. However, after doing musical theater work at Nassau, Ross transferred for her second year of college to The American Musical and Dramatic Academy [7] with a scholarship. After completing the Academy program, Ross did began working professionally in theater. However, since Ross wasn't getting the roles she wanted, she attended J. Beckson Studio in New York to continue learning the Meisner Technique for acting. At this point, her acting career began to flourish.

In September 2007, Ross was in rehearsals for a show in New York and after weeks of not feeling well was hospitalized the day before opening night where she was diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic. In 2010 she became a member of the not-for-profit organization ACT1 Diabetes. Since then she's been extremely active in the organization as Co Facilitator for the Young Women with Diabetes Support Group and Donations Coordinator for the Supply Exchange Program.[8]

Ross now resides in Brooklyn, New York with her Pomeranian, Lyric. She is working with other artists on a new musical written by Jay Kuo. Ross is also working on a own solo piece about her own life.

Ross is a member of the Actors' Equity Association and the Screen Actor's Guild.

Broadway[edit]

  • Les Misérables (Revival) Chorus Specialty Roles Directed by John Caird
  • Dance of the Vampires Featured Ensemble Directed by John Rando

Off-Broadway[edit]

  • Trav'lin* NYMF Ros Directed by Paul Stancato
  • Cross That River* NYMF Mama Lila Directed by Andrew Wilk, TBG Theater
  • The Tin Pan Alley Rag u/s Tremonisha/Monisha The Laura Pels Theatre w/ The Roundabout Theater Co. Directed by Stafford Arima [9]
  • Single Black Female SBF #2 -Lead The Duke/Playwrights Horizons Directed by Colman Domingo [10]
  • Dessa Rose Annabel/Dessa Rose u/s Directed by Graciela Daniele Original Cast Recording (performed) Lincoln Center[11]
  • Langston In Harlem * Namt Festival Ex-Harlemite Dodgers Stages

National and European tours[edit]

  • Smokey Joe’s Café with Gladys Knight BJ/Patti/Brenda (Swing)Directed by Joey McNeally
  • Ain’t Misbehavin’ Joy (Charlayne) Directed by Jim Weaver

Workshops and concerts[edit]

  • Jerry Springer the Opera at Carnegie Hall Audience/Ensemble Jason Moore, Stephen Oremus
  • Dessa Rose (La Chanze & Donna Murphy) Annabel Graciela Daniele
  • Ball (LL Cool J, Anika Noni Rose, Shoshana Bean) Muse/Skankette Charles Randolph Wright
  • Palazzo Colombino Diva Basel Switzerland

Film[edit]

  • Garden State (Zach Braff & Natalie Portman) Handi-World Cashier Zach Braff Camelot Pictures

Readings[edit]

  • Invisible Life (Lillias White & Chuck Cooper) Nicole Springer Sugar Bar, Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj
  • Barnstormer (Natasha Williams & David St, Louis) Bessie Coleman Hartford Stage, Jerry Dixon
  • On, Girl (Jennifer Holliday & Sharon Wilkins) Soara-Joye Ars Nova, Lewis Flinn & Steven Sater
  • Deadlines (Brandon Victor Dixon & Darius De Haas) Franchesca Charles Randolph Wright
  • Bare Tonya Westbank Café, Kristin Hanggi
  • A Good Man Lettie York Theater
  • Langston in Harlem (Adriane Lenox & Billy Porter) Ex- Harlemite Kent Gash
  • The Funkentine Rapture Simone Funk Lee Summers
  • Adam Allegra Maurice Brandon Curry
  • Do*rian Gray (Christiane Noll) Sybil Vane Lynne-Taylor Corbett
  • My Name is Alice Soara-Joye (Charlayne) Adam Muller
  • The Gospel…Fishman (Michele Pawk) Jolene Eric Shaeffer
  • Starmites (Alaina Reed-Hall) Banshee Don’t Tell Mama
  • Taking Step 313 Tonia Joe’s Pub

Regional[edit]

  • From the Mississippi Delta Woman 1 Triad Stage/Donna Bradby
  • Aida Aida Arvada Center
  • Tick, Tick…Boom! Susan/Karessa Alliance/Kent Gash
  • Once on this Island Asaka Sacramento M C & Bay Street
  • Ain’t Misbehavin’ Soara-Joye (Armelia) Huntington Theatre
  • Ragtime Sarah Gateway & Weston
  • Beehive Joye Cincinnati Playhouse
  • Once on this Island Andrea Mill Mountain Theatre
  • She Loves Me Amalia Balash NCC/Robert Einenkel
  • Ceremonies in Dark Old Men Adele Parker NCC/Bruce Jenkins

Training[edit]

  • Meisner Technique & Sitcom Workshop: J. Beckson Studio
  • Film Audition Workshop: Heidi Marshall
  • The American Musical and Dramatic Academy
  • Nassau Community College: Classical Voice
  • Vocal Coach/Technicians: Scott Conner, Dr. Anat Keidar, Jack Waddell, Dorothy Stone

Awards[edit]

  • 2009 New York Music Theatre Festival's "Best of Fest" Outstanding Individual Performance Award Winner(Cross That River)[12]
  • 2006 Henry Award Nominee for Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Aida)[6]
  • Best Actress in a Musical (Aida) -Dreamwell.com

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Soara-Joy Ross at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ "Actor Bios & Cast List | Project Footlight Musical Theater Festival 2009". Projectfootlight.com. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  3. ^ "McKechnie Will Choreograph Bashor, Gill and Ross in Cross That River at NYMF". Playbill.com. 2009-08-24. Archived from the original on 2012-10-13. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  4. ^ "Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - Cross That River - 10/18/09". Talkinbroadway.com. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  5. ^ "Sherie Rene Scott, Alice Ripley, Gavin Creel & Kelli O'Hara Set for NYMF's 2009 'Best of Fest,' 11/22". Broadwayworld.com. 2009-11-22. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  6. ^ a b [1]
  7. ^ [2] Archived November 21, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "Meet Soara-Joye « ACT1 Diabetes". Act1diabetes.org. 2010-07-14. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  9. ^ "Photo Coverage: 'THE TIN PAN ALLEY RAG' - After Party". Broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  10. ^ "'Passing Strange's' Colman to Direct 'Single Black Female'". Broadwayworld.com. 2008-04-29. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  11. ^ "Photo Preview: Dessa Rose Opens on Monday". Broadwayworld.com. 2005-03-17. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  12. ^ "Kritzer, Testa, Walsh, Mercurio and Beguelin Among NYMF "Best of the Fest" Winners". Playbill.com. 2009-10-30. Archived from the original on 2012-10-13. Retrieved 2012-11-15.