Experience Africa presents SAYCON SENGBLOH moderated by George Kevin Jordan from Shadow and Act
Saycon Sengbloh is an award winning actress who delivers sensational performance with her incomparable gift for dramatic storytelling and soaring vocal prowess. She is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her craft – both as an actress and a singer. It’s no wonder why Ben Brantley of the New York Times said, “Saycon Sengbloh…shimmers!”
Hot off the critical acclaimed Broadway production, Eclipsed, written by award-winning Playwright Danai Guirira, she turned in an outstanding performance for her role as Wife #1 (Helena) garnering her a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play, nominations for Tony Award for Best Feature Actress in a Play and Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play.
She will soon be seen in a lead role in the upcoming Ernest Dickerson film adaption of Curacaoan author Frank Martinus Arion’s internationally acclaimed Dutch-language novel of the the novel ‘Double Play.’ Set during the 1970s, the film evokes themes of colonial unrest on the Caribbean island of Curacao during the tumultuous transition from Dutch colonial rule to autonomous self-governance. Late 2015, she guest starred in the HBO original series, “The Night Of.”
Throughout 2015, Sengbloh starred as Rita Marley in “Marley” at Baltimore Centerstage, co-starred in “StaggerLee” at Dallas Theater Center, and was the leading lady of the Tupac musical “Holler If Ya Hear Me.” She was showcased in Tony award nominated, “Motown the Musical”. She also was featured in the original cast of the hottest and only Afro-beat musical “Fela!” on Broadway as lover of the one and only Fela Kuti, alongside Sahr Ngaujah and Kevin Mambo. The show traveled to Kuti’s birthplace, Nigeria, was a cultural phenomenon influencing fashion and pop and hip-hop music. It was featured in the annual Juice issue of VIBE, along with an exciting presentation on the Tony Awards. Sengbloh also makes notable appearances on the Grammy nominated soundtracks for Motown the Musical, Fela!, and the Broadway revival of Hair.
The Liberian-American actress holds the distinction of being the first woman of African descent to perform the role of Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) as standby in “Wicked.” Earlier in her career, after auditioning for Telsey casting, she toured the US and traveled to Japan as the seductive Latin lead Mimi in “Rent.” She made her Broadway debut in Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida,” where she played a Disney’s Nubian princess, a rile that will always be near and dear to her heart. Other favorite roles include the female “Abe Lincoln” in the Broadway Revival of “Hair,” and also originated the role of “Nettie” in the premiere Alliance Theatre presentation of “The Color Purple-the Musical.” Sengbloh appeared as Young Dearie B in “Funny Valentines” a movie based on the J. California Cooper’s short story of the same name, you can also see her in the blockbuster film, “American Gangster”. After numerous productions with the Freddie Hendrick’s Youth Ensemble of Atlanta, she appeared in Tyler Perry’s first musical “I Know I’ve Been Changed.” She worked at the Tony Award winning Alliance Theater Company under artistic directors Kenny Leon & Susan Booth.
Sengbloh continues to use her talents as an actress and singer performing at and encouraging fundraising for causes and organizations that spur the growth of the West African nation, Liberia, as well as numerous events for Broadway Cares and many other organizations. Inspired by her family who always instilled in her an appreciation for the arts she began performing as a teen in plays and musicals at Tri-Cities School for Visual and Performing Arts and attended Agnes Scott College. “I’ve been entertaining people since I was a kid doing plays and musicals, then television, commercials, industrials, you name it!