DGF National Fellow - Musical Theater

Lachrisa Grandberry

Chicago, Illinois

Lachrisa Grandberry (she/her), Milwaukee-born native, is an actor, singer, and writer who has made Chicago her home. As a performer she has done regional theater throughout Wisconsin and Chicago, as well as television, film, and commercial work. Her voice as a writer has been heard as a classroom teacher, poet, key-note speaker, and most recently a playwright, lyricist, and composer. Her writing credits include two musicals for Northern Sky Theater in Door County, WI. She is the lyricist and co-author of Girls On Sand, premiering summer of 2024, as well as lyricist, co-author, and co-composer of Sunflowered, produced at Northern Sky Theater in 2022. Lachrisa’s generational drama, Eeny Meeny Miny NO!, had a staged reading in the inaugural Milwaukee Black Theater Festival, and she’s written and performed her solo piece, The Healing Session, a show of all original poetry. Her performance credits include Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Second City, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Skylight Music Theatre, Theatre LILA, Forward Theatre, First Stage, and seven seasons at Northern Sky Theater where she also serves as the Program Director of NOVA (Nurturing Original Voices & Artists) and leads multiple Writing Circles each year for writers of all levels. Lachrisa was named one of Wisconsin’s 52 Most Influential Black Leaders in 2022. Lachrisa is an alumna of Wisconsin Lutheran College, and is represented by Paonessa Talent Agency. She aims to continue inspiring and transforming the human mind through the power of story-telling. Her first musical, Sunflowered, is available now on Apple Music and other streaming platforms.

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