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Overview
Work History
Education
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Hobbies
Timeline
Onyi Okoli

Onyi Okoli

Improviser * Writer * Comedienne
Long Island City
There is a powerful driving force inside every human being that, once unleashed, can make any vision, dream, or desire a reality.
Tony Robbins

Summary

Expressive Actor and Writer with 7 plus years of hands on experience in improvisational theater, sketch comedy, writing, and singing. Motivated and talented worker specializing in both stage and tv commercials. Dedicated to best-in-class performances with skills for memorization and collaboration.

Overview

12
12
years of professional experience
5
5
years of post-secondary education

Actress

Posche Models
2016-01 - Current
  • Researched roles by reading material or shadowing people similar to portrayed character.
  • Learned about characters in scripts and relationships to each other to develop role interpretations.
  • Wrote original materials for comedic sketch performances and character performances.
  • Acted in several local, regional, and national commercials & print advertisements.

Improviser

Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater
2013-06 - 2020-03
  • Captured audience by making audience laugh, cry and become excited, shocked and scared.
  • Performed humorous and serious interpretations of emotional actions and situations, using body movements and gestures of the top of my mind.
  • Improvised a set alongside my teammates every other Sunday at the theater.
  • Trained in both Improvisation and Sketch writing at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater since 2013.

Podcaster

Street Class Podcast
2015-06 - 2018-04
  • Recorded Weekly episodes about popculture and interviewed celebrity guests including members of Netflix's The Astronomy Club.
  • Created fun games & themes for listeners to participate in weekly.
  • Transformed video and audio recordings into digital formats for editing and archiving.
  • Mixed and mastered vocal arrangements and music compositions.
  • Used NCH Suites and Wavepad Sound Editor to mix and edit tracks.
  • Developed team communications and information for weekly meetings.

Sketch Performer

Boogie Manja
2016-01 - 2018-03
  • Performed multiple characters per monthly show.
  • Pitched Sketch ideas and materials to the writers in order to generate characters that I could best perform and deliver funny ideas to the audience.
  • Studied scripts to successfully portray over 4 different characters in comedic productions through speech, body language and movement.
  • Ability to memorize lines within 2 days for an entire show.
  • Collaborated with directors, producers, writing staff and performance teams to determine optimal performance strategies and perfect approaches.

Acting & Modeling Instructor

Barbizon Modeling School
2011-07 - 2012-07
  • Kept students on-task with proactive behavior modification and positive reinforcement strategies during individual talent presentations.
  • Fostered team collaboration between students through group projects for the acting or modeling activity of the day.
  • Revised lesson plans and course content to facilitate and moderate classroom discussions and student centered learning for professional growth in the arts.
  • Promoted physical, mental and social development by implementing classroom talent showcases and runway presentations.

Solo Performer & Writer

OCI Entertainment, LLC
2009-04 - 2011-04
  • Wrote, performed, and toured my one woman show in Baltimore, MD, Atlanta, GA, North Hollywood, CA, and New York, NY.
  • Coordinated production schedules and activities for 11 theaterical shows.
  • Prepared contracts and finalized paperwork for tech, photographer, & videographer hires.
  • Identified target audience and developed a marketing campaigned that led to sold out performances.
  • Garnered several press coverages and acclaims from Broadway World, The Baltimore Times, The City Paper, etc.

Actress

Children's Theater Association
2009-11 - 2010-07
  • Toured, sang and acted as part of a 5 member creative ensembles for dramatic and comedic performances for elementary & middle school students along the east coast.
  • Met with production director to discuss required poses, movements and persona to be portrayed.
  • Supported production needs by setting up and breaking down stages, moving props and distributing supplies.
  • Conducted interviews with media professionals, bloggers, and online personalities to promote performances.

Work History

Bachelor of Arts - Theater

University Of Southern California
2003-08 - 2008-05

Minored in Communication and Entertaiment

Education

Skills

Improvisation

Stage Performance

Character Development

Emoting

Accepts direction and coaching graciously

Memorization skills

Singer, Alto

Physical Performance

Commercials

Facial Expressions

Work Availability

monday
tuesday
wednesday
thursday
friday
saturday
sunday
morning
afternoon
evening
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Hobbies

Roller Blading, Boxing, Crocheting

Actress - Posche Models
2016-01 - Current
Sketch Performer - Boogie Manja
2016-01 - 2018-03
Podcaster - Street Class Podcast
2015-06 - 2018-04
Improviser - Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater
2013-06 - 2020-03
Acting & Modeling Instructor - Barbizon Modeling School
2011-07 - 2012-07
Actress - Children's Theater Association
2009-11 - 2010-07
Solo Performer & Writer - OCI Entertainment, LLC
2009-04 - 2011-04
University Of Southern California - Bachelor of Arts, Theater
2003-08 - 2008-05

Timeline

Onyi OkoliImproviser * Writer * Comedienne