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Meet the Ensemble of Silence is Violence

Meet the Ensemble of
Silence is Violence

This project was partly devised with playwright Farah Lawal Harris, director Eric Ruffin and our talented ensemble of actors. Learn more about them below.

Brittany Antoinette Davis

(she/her/hers)

Brittany makes her YPT debut. Recent credits include Ragtime (Joseph Papp Theatre), Choir Girl from Philadelphia: The Story of the Great Contralto Marian Anderson (staged reading, Howard University) and The Laramie Project (Joseph Anzalone Theatre). As a Howard student, enrolled for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting, Brittany is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Alpha Chapter. In addition to her studies at Howard, she is also an alumna of the British American Drama Academy: Midsummer in Oxford Program (2018) and the Black Arts Institute and Stella Adler Studio. 

About Silence is Violence, Brittany says:

“When individuals choose not to speak up and stand up for what’s right, it only leads to destruction.”

Liz Devine

(she/her/hers)

This is Liz Devine’s first time performing with YPT. Recent credits include A Band in Search of a Name (staged reading, Keegan Theatre), The Turn of the Screw and Twelfth Night (UMBC Department of Theatre). Liz is currently a member of Everyman Theatre’s Emerging Artist Advisory Panel in Baltimore, MD. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a Linehan Artist Scholar. 

About Silence is Violence, Liz says:

“Burying our faces in the sand doesn’t make our problems go away; it just makes things a whole lot darker.”

Benairen Kane

(he/him/his)

This is Benairen’s first YPT production. Recently, Benairen has performed in Theory (Mosaic Theater Company of DC), Pink Milk (Single Carrot), and Hand to God (The National Conservatory for Dramatic Arts). He is currently training at The National Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. 

About Silence is Violence, Benairen says:

“The absence of action in itself is condemning.”

Michael Basillas

(they/them/theirs)

This is Michael’s first time performing with YPT. Michael is a social justice activist and artist who focuses on using their artistic abilities to address issues affecting trans womxn of color. Michael has studied fashion design and is a member of the Angel Rose Artist Collective. You can learn more about Michael and their work on Instagram at @basila_mike.

About Silence is Violence, Michael says:

“Silence is Violence means being complacent in situations that cause others harm.”

Morgan Charece

(she/her/hers)

A first-time actor with YPT, Morgan recently performed in Going the Distance (Discovery Theater), Hear Me Say My Name (The National Museum of the American Indian), Twelfth Night (North Georgia Theatre) and The River Niger (First World Theatre). She has also starred in the short film Pisces. Morgan received a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of Alabama and currently is a Teaching Artist and Director of Community and Cultural Engagement at The Iron House. 

About Silence is Violence, Morgan says:

“‘If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.’ -Zora Neale Hurston”

Tre'Mon Mills

(he/him/his)

This is Tre’Mon’s second project with YPT. Recently, Tre’Mon has performed in Black Nativity (Anacostia Playhouse), The Great Society, Mama Mia, and A Raisin in the Sun (Lyric Reportertory Theatre Company). He is a Howard University alumnus and also received training from The British American Drama Academy. You can follow Tre’Mon on Facebook at Tre’Mon Mills.

About Silence is Violence, Tre’Mon says:

“If you’re quiet about the issues that plague us as a whole...YOU ARE VIOLENCE!”

 

Neko Ramos

(he/him/his)

This Neko’s first time as an actor with YPT. Most recently, Neko performed in Kid Prince and Pablo (The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts), the Hothouse Playreading Series and the Word Becomes Action Festival (Theater Alliance). He is a Howard alumnus and also received training from the Maggie Flannigan Studio and British American Drama Academy (BADA). Neko founded the mentoring program Young, Black and Beautiful. For Neko, this performance is dedicated to all of his mentees. You can follow Neko on Instagram at @nekoramos.

About Silence is Violence: Neko says:

“Silence is Violence means the danger of sitting back while hatred and pain are prevalent.”

Tyrone Brown, Jr. (Understudy)

(he/him/his)

Tyrone Brown joins the team as an understudy to the Silence is Violence ensemble. He is also the Assistant Stage Manager of the Creative Team. His most recent credits include Guys and Dolls (Kensington Arts Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (Little Theatre of Alexandria) and The Road Less Traveled (Norfolk State University Theatre Company). He is an alumnus of Norfolk State University and currently trains at All Things are Possible LLC.

About Silence is Violence, Tyrone says: 

“Make your voice be heard. If you are frustrated enough you will take action; change will come.”