Ep. 43: Stage Veteran Gayle Turner Talks HAVING OUR SAY, THE WIZ, and So Much More

Broadway stage veteran Gayle Turner says she’s proud to bring HAVING OUR SAY: THE DELANY SISTERS’ FIRST HUNDRED YEARS, a tale of divine sisterhood to the North Carolina Theatre stage, especially since the Delany Sisters’ story is woven into the fabric of Triangle history. Sadie and Bessie Delany were civil rights pioneers who were born to a former slave. For over a century, the pair bore witness to decades of American history from their family’s post-slavery years through the Civil Rights Movement right up to the time they died in the 1990s. Their story inspired a biography:

Having Our Say – Sarah L. Delany, A. Elizabeth Delany & Amy Hill Hearth.

Hear what she has to say about that, her time working on Broadway in THE WIZ and her secret to sustaining a long career in the entertainment industry.

About the Guest

Gayle Turner went from graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts to making her Broadway debut at the Majestic Theatre in THE WIZ as the understudy to Stephanie Mills in the role of Dorothy for three years. Turner was nominated for the Colorado Theatre Guild’s Henry Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical for her role as Geneva Lee Brown in “1940’s Radio Hour” directed by Bev Newcomb Madden at the Arvada Center. She has also worked with musical director David Nehls and director Bill Castellino (SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE, ABYSSINIA, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS). She is a multi-award-winning actress with the cast of CONSTANT STAR, written and directed by Tazewell Thompson. International audiences will remember her performances in the Richard Allen Center’s production of BLACK NATIVITY in Rome, Italy (co-directed by Morgan Freeman) and the New York Harlem Singers 2010 Asian Concert Tour with Philip Boykin (director). She is a new member of the *Broadway Inspirational Voices* with founder Michael McElroy. Turner is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She has a BA degree from the College of New Rochelle and a Master of Arts degree in Media Studies from the New School. She is proud to have a (recurring role) as Officer Dominguez on NBC’s “Law and Order SVU”. For more information visit:

http://www.thelovelygayleturner.com/.

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