History
Voices in the Dark, Inc. began as an all African American Women's Theater Company dedicated to presenting, showcasing and performing works writen by and/or about the African American woman.  It was the brainchild of its Artistic Director, Ms. Tommye Myrick, after reading poems and short stories written by her good friend and poet, Ms. Sharon Bridgeforth.  Inspired by the moving messages that paid homage and tribute o the plight of African-American woman, Ms.  Myrick established the first ever all African American Women's Theatre Company n this country in 1992 (feature in Essence Magazine.)  Soon, the company which started with 13 females members grew to a membership of 52 that included both men and women.  Operating out of New Orleans, Lousiana, Voices in the Dark and its Artistic Director became recognized as one of the city's most prominent Theater Companies and has produced over 50 productions while receiving numerous awards and recognition including several Big Easy Awards and nominations.  Voices in the Dark continues to produce and present artistic experiences that challenge the spirit and fortify the soul.






Tommye Myrick, is a native of New Orleanian, who has a solid commitment to both education and theater.

Ms. Myrick attended Xavier University in New Orleans, majoring in Speech Communications and Theater.  While, there, she became interested in politics.  This interest was fueled by her acceptance into the famed “Free Southern Theater” performing and touring with freedom fighters and entertainers such as; John O’Neal, Ron Milner, Robert Costly, Gil Moses, and many more.  Soon, the theater became her world and at the age of 20 she produced, directed and operated her own theater company in the heart of the New Orleans French Quarter.

After graduating from Xavier University, Ms. Myrick attended the University of Michigan, majoring in Speech Communications and Theater.  There, she obtained her Master Degree and immediately began working on her PH. D. while teaching full-time at Eastern Michigan University.  She later moved to New York City and made her film debut starring in a feature motion picture titled “Cane River”.  Upon completing the film, she returned to New York and began studying with renowned theater director and producer, Gene Frankel who became your life long mentor.  It was there that she made her New York stage and directorial debut, starring in Lawrence Holder’s one-woman show, “ZORA” and directing Norbert Davidson’s “El HaJJ Malik”, the Life of Malcolm X.  

Her talents took her up and down the east coast and abroad for a European tour.  Ms. Myrick taught at the University of Innsbruck in Innsbruck, Austria, where she directed French existentialist playwright Jean Paul Satre’s, “No Exit”.  Upon her return she found herself doing one of the things she loves most – teaching speech and communications at Touro College in Manhattan. 

After many years away , Ms. Myrick returned home to New Orleans where she was hired at the University of New Orleans in the Department of Mass Communication and Theater.  She was the first female director and African American hired full-time in that capacity.  Her directing credits include; Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman”, Lanford Wilson’s, “The Gingham Dog”, “A Soldier’s Play”, and Lorraine Hansberry’s, “A Raisin in the Sun”.  Her production of August Wilson’s Award-winning play, “Fences”, made her the first African American director commissioned to direct at “Le Petit Theater du Vieux Carre” in its 75-year existence.  This production won the New Orleans distinguished entertainment “Big Easy” Award as Best Drama of the Year and Best Director.  She remains the only African American to ever win in this category.

In 1994, Ms. Myrick was selected from a list of candidates throughout the nation to direct for the United
States Historical Outdoor Theater Association in North Carolina.  In doing so, Ms. Myrick became the first woman and the first African American to direct a historical outdoor drama in America.  Her production of “A Pathway to Freedom” marked the premier of this award-winning and critically acclaimed play.  Fourteen (25) years later, the show is still running today.  That same year, Ms. Myrick was commissioned by the House of Blues Foundation in New Orleans to write and direct a play about the history of the Blues.  The play was so successful that it showcased at every 'House of Blues' in the country.


In 1997, Ms. Myrick directed Pearl Cleage’s “Flyin West” at Southern Repertory Theater.  Once again, she had the distinction of winning the Big Easy Award for Best Director.


In February of 2001, her tenacity forced the New Orleans media and the National D-Day Museum, to finally bring long overdue recognition to the African American soldiers of World War II (an obvious omission during their nationally televised grand opening in June 2000).  As a result, she developed and conceived a three-day symposium called Double Victory:  Fighting on Two Fronts, honoring the contributions of African American World War II Veterans.  For her work, Ms. Myrick received recognition of Merit and Appreciation from the State of Louisiana Governor’s Office, the New Orleans City Council and the Office of the Mayor.

Ms. Myrick’s theatrical work at Southern Repertory Theater – “Dinah Was…” and “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” had sellout audiences and received superior reviews from critics throughout the city.  Ms. Myrick is currently working on a full length historical outdoor drama titled 'Le Code Noir' that the cultural legacy of New Orleans from 1790 to 1840 . The drama was written by her and the late Mark R. Sumner, Director Emeritus of the Outdoor Theatre Institute.





VOICES IN THE DARK
FOUNDER

Tommye "Ms. T" Myrick
Founder

    Voices In The Dark Theater
Board of Directors

                                          Preseident                                                                                  Tommye Myrick
                                      
                                          Vice President                                                                            Soline McLain-Holmes

                                          Chairman                                                                                    Cheryl Q. Cramer

                                          Secretary/Treasurer                                                                   Phyllis V. Johnson

                                         Member                                                                                       Jim Holmes

                                         Member                                                                                       Jay Howard

                                         Member                                                                                       Karen Tucina Olidge

                                         Member                                                                                       Judge Paula Brown
                                      
                                         Member                                                                                       Warren Bell

                                         Advisory Board                                                                            Ted Quant

                                         *Honorary Chair                                                                          Angela Bassett

                                         *Honorary Chair                                                                          Malcolm Jamal Warner