We are proud to announce the next seminar for


on MONDAY, OCTOBER 14 at 8pm


with Special Guest ALFRE WOODARD





LaTanya Richardson Jackson is a critically acclaimed actress of the stage and screen. In 2014, Richardson Jackson received a Tony Award Best Actress nomination for her performance as “Lena Younger” in the Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun.” She also received the Distinguished Performance Drama League Award nomination.

She currently stars on Broadway as “Calpurnia” in Aaron Sorkin’s critically acclaimed adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” alongside Jeff Daniels and Celia Keenan-Bolger, and directed by Bartlett Sher. This Spring, Richardson Jackson was honored at the 10th Annual Lilly Awards, which celebrate women of distinction in the theater community.

This year, Richardson Jackson appeared in Netflix’s drama film “Juanita” alongside Alfre Woodard and directed by Clark Johnson.  In 2018, Richardson Jackson narrated the feature length documentary “Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart” on playwright Lorraine Hansberry, who penned the iconic “A Raisin in the Sun.” The world premiere took place at the Toronto International Film Festival and the documentary premiered on PBS’ “American Masters.” She also appeared in a recurring arc as Diane Pierce in Shondaland’s “Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC, as well as Mama Mabel in the Netflix Original Series “Luke Cage.”

In 2016, Richardson Jackson starred in the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park’s production of “Taming of the Shrew” as “Baptista” under Phyllida Lloyd’s direction, in honor of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. She also starred in “Show Me a Hero,” HBO’s six-hour miniseries from “The Wire” co-creator David Simon and directed by Oscar winner Paul Haggis. For her performance, she received the NAACP Image Award Nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special.

Richardson Jackson’s extensive theatre credits include “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” (Broadway), “For Colored Girls…,” “Spell #7,” “Casanova,” “Unfinished Women” (Public Theater), “Stop Reset” (Signature Theatre), and August Wilson’s “Century Cycle” (Kennedy Center), among others. In 2016, she was honored with the NAACP Theater Awards Trailblazer Award in recognition of her pioneering theatrical contributions.

Richardson Jackson’s additional film and television credits include “The Fighting Temptations,” “U.S. Marshals,” “Freedomland,” “Losing Isaiah,” “Mother and Child,” “Damages” and Sidney Lumet’s critically acclaimed “100 Centre Street.”

Richardson Jackson has received numerous awards for her philanthropic work including The United Negro College Fund and the N.Y. Keeper of the Dream Award. This year she was honored by the LadyLike Foundation, which is a faith based non-profit organization whose purpose is to educate, empower and inspire young women living in underprivileged communities. In 2016, she and her husband Samuel L. Jackson were honored by the Children’s Defense Fund for their longstanding commitment to the organization and their “Leave No Child Behind” mission.

Richardson and her husband Samuel L. Jackson established the Samuel L. & LaTanya R. Jackson Foundation to carry out their commitment to a range of philanthropic issues in the United States and Africa. A graduate of Spelman College, she has served on their Board of Trustees and presently serves on the Advisory Board of their Women’s Center. She serves on the advisory council of Atlanta’s True Colors Theatre, the Ebony Repertory Theatre of Los Angeles, and is currently a board member of the American Theatre Wing and the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

LaTanya Richardson Jackson and her husband Sam have one incredible, Emmy Nominated daughter, the beautiful Zoe Dove.



Woodard can currently be heard as the voice of “Sarabi” in Jon Favreau’s Disney blockbuster THE LION KING.  This Fall, she co-stars with Jason Momoa in the highly anticipated Apple series SEE, created by Steven Knight and also headlines the feature film CLEMENCY, which won the Grand Jury prize at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and will be released by Neon.  Woodard has just wrapped the Sony Pictures film FATHERHOOD, starring alongside Kevin Hart.

Recent film appearances include the blockbusters CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR for Marvel and ANNABELLE for New Line.  On the small screen, she most recently starred as the fierce “Mariah Dillard” in MARVEL’S LUKE CAGE and as the title character in the Netflix Original film JUANITA, which she also developed and produced.

Acclaimed dramatic performances include her roles in Steve McQueen’s 12 YEARS A SLAVE, John Sayles’ PASSION FISH, Maya Angelou’s DOWN IN THE DELTA, Peter Bratt’s FOLLOW ME HOME, Gina Prince-Blythwood’s LOVE AND BASKETBALL, Spike Lee’s CROOKLYN, Lawrence Kasdan’s GRAND CANYON and MUMFORD, Tyler Perry’s THE FAMILY THAT PREYS, Billie Woodruff’s BEAUTY SHOP with Queen Latifah, Richard Donner’s SCROOGED opposite Bill Murray, as well as MANDELA and MISS EVER’ BOYS (both for HBO Films).

Woodard has been nominated for 17 Emmy Awards (winning four), 7 SAG Awards (winning three), 3 Golden Globe Awards (winning one), 21 NAACP awards (wining nine) and 2 Independent Spirit Awards (winning one).  Her Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress was for her performance in Martin Ritt’s CROSS CREEK.

She directed and produced NELSON MANDELA’S FAVORITE AFRICAN FOLKTALES, which garnered a Grammy Award nomination for “Best Children’s Spoken Word Album”.  It hosts a collaboration of talent both broad and diverse, featuring Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, and Samuel L. Jackson.

In addition to her acting career, Woodard is a longtime activist who has been involved in countless nonprofit organizations including Artists for a New South Africa, a nonprofit she co-founded which is working to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS and further the cause of democracy and human rights in South Africa.  In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed her to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. As part of her work on the Committee, Woodard adopted several high poverty and under-performing public schools around the country, including ReNew Cultural Arts Academy in New Orleans and Noel Community Arts School in Denver. She is an active advocate for the arts in education, largely through her work on the Committee’s “Turnaround Arts” initiative, which was launched in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education and the White House Domestic Policy Council to narrow the achievement gap and increase student engagement through the arts.



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