Tommye Myrick

Tommye Myrick is a native New Orleanian. She is the 2020 Big Easy Lifetime Achievement Theatre Award Recipient. Ms. Myrick attended Xavier University, and began her theatre career by performing with the famed “Free Southern Theater.” She received her master’s degree in theatre from the University of Michigan. After moving to New York, Ms. Myrick made her film debut in Cane River. She studied with Gene Frankel, Woody King and Douglas Turner Ward.  She was also a member of Black Women in Theatre (BWIT). She starred in Lawrence Holder’s one-woman show, Zora, and directed Norbert Davidson’s El HaJJ Malik, the Life of Malcolm X. When she returned to New Orleans, she taught at The University of New Orleans and served as Artistic Director at Southern University. She was the first African American director hired at Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré where her production for Fences won the 1992 Big Easy Award for Best Drama and Best Director. She would again win that same honor for her production of “Flying West” at Southern Repertory Theatre. In 1992, she formed Voices in the Dark Repertory Theatre Company dedicated to presenting, producing, and promoting plays, films, art, dance, literature and musical interpretations that are artistic expressions of the ‘disenfranchised. Currently, Ms. Myrick has been working on mounting New Orleans’ first historical outdoor drama entitled Le Code Noir.