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Sonita L. Surratt is an award winning classically trained vocalist, playwright, actor, director, sound designer and ‘voice for the actor’ professor at Columbia College.  Her diverse experience, among many, encompasses opera stages, Off Broadway, and touring with Opera in the Hood.  Her recent sound, music and directing credits include Two Twenty-Seven(Sound Designer) with Christine Houston, If Scrooge Was a Brother (Music Director) w/Kemati Porter, The Door Game(Director), at the Chicago Prologue Landmark Theatre Festival, Re-Entry (Director) at the Chicago Fringe Festival, and Sampled: Beats of Muslim Life (Director).  She is versed in dialect, voice verse and earned a vocal performance degree from SUNY-Geneseo and her MFA in directing from Syracuse University.  She was the recipient of the 2012 Black Theatre Alliance Best Sound Design Award.  Other awards include the National Association of Teachers Vocal Competition Silver Ribbon Award, the Syracuse Post Standard Best Play of the Year and a two-time winner of the National Clarion Award for her Women’s Voices Radio Drama.  Ms. Surratt is a Lincoln Center Directors Lab alumna and a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. REGION: Chicago, Upstate NY

Sonita L. Surratt

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