Full Name: Nia Imani
Age: 13 years old
Birthdate: November 25
Birthplace: Atlanta, GA
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Websites: www.NiaImaniRocks.com, YouTube, FaceBook, Twitter, MySpace, UStream, SayNow, IBDB
Nia Imani Entertainment, LLC
1270 Caroline St Ste D120-429
Atlanta, GA 30307
|Meet the Browns
||Child in Ferris Wheel
||Lions Gate Film/Tyler Perry Studios
||Child at Theatre
||Art Institute of Atlanta
|Good Morning America
||Braodway Kids Care
|Are You Afraid of the IRS
|The Lion King on Broadway
||Disney Theatrical Productions
|Defying Inequality: The Broadway Concert
|Being A Lion Kid
||Disney Theatrical Productions
|A Christmas Carol
||Alliance Theatre/Rosemary Newcott
|A Play On Words
||ATL Workshop Players/Lynn Stallings
|One Night Only
||Lion King/Little Mermaid/Ensemble
||Broadway Dreams Foundation/Annette Tanner
||Improv, Scene Study
|Lane Napper with Mike Caron
||Improv, Professional Acting
||Auditioning for Film and TV
|Doriane Elliott, Ed Lewis
|Badiene Magaziner, Tricia Grey, Keleen Miskin
||Speech Level Singing Vocal Caoches
|Jan Smith Studios, Karl Jurman, Paul Ascenzo, Cherie Rosen
|Les Horan, Jan Smith Studios
|Ruthlyn Salomons, Dance 411 Studios
||African & Modern Dance, Ballet & Jazz
|J-Smoove, J-Casper, Susan’s Dance Studio
||Hip Hop, Krumping
|Dr. Moss Bouldin
||Stage Audition Techniques: on camera
||Scene Study, Body & Voice Technique, Stage Performance
|Della Cole, Bob Harter, Koko Chalfant
||Improv, Film-Commercial Audition Techniques, Body & Voice Techniques, Stage Performance
|The Company Acting Studio
||Improv, Audition Technique: stage & on camera, Commercials, Scene Study
|Actor’s Scene-Renee Schrauben
||Improv, Film, Commercials, Scene Study, Monologues, Audition Techniques, Cold Read
|David Petro, Shoshana Bean, Paige Price
||Vocal, Staging, Audition Song Selection, Audition Techniques, Beg. Dance
|Singer, Songwriter, Piano, Roller Skating, Bowling, Computers-Internet, Hoola Hoop, Knitting, Speed Talker
Nia Imani (which means Purpose and Faith, the guiding life principles for this talented young lady), is an accomplished and gifted young Broadway actress, recording artist, songwriter, producer, composer and model. In just three short years, her career has spanned music, film, radio, television and the Broadway stage, earning her legions of fans and accolades from reviewers and peers. Nia Imani has also found the time to not only excel in her studies, but also work on various humanitarian efforts, including starting her own non-profit foundation.
Nia Imani started acting in a number of commercials, including radio spots for Verizon, and even shot a fair scene in Tyler Perry’s movie “Meet the Browns.” Simultaneously, she began to engage in her passion for music by singing, writing and performing. Nia Imani was seven when she began writing songs and three years later became one of SESAC Atlanta’s youngest affiliate music publishers. At eight, she was the youngest female singer to audition for the internationally-known Sweet Auburn Spring Festival. Covering songs by artists such as Jill Scott, Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera, showcased her range and the strength of her voice, and obtained Nia Imani recognition in the entertainment industry. As a result, she has been invited to perform at noted establishments such as Madison Square Garden and Ashford and Simpson’s Sugar Bar in NYC, as well as, Cafe 290 in Atlanta.
But it was the Tony-Award winning Broadway musical “The Lion King” for Disney Theatrical Productions that gave Nia Imani her big break and introduced her to the Broadway and world stage. She is best known for her exciting and energetic portrayal as Young Nala, princess of the Pridelands and Young Simba’s best friend. Nia Imani earned the role after auditioning against thousands of children in Disney’s nationwide search.
As a result of portraying Young Nala, Nia Imani was named one of “Black Broadway’s Best” in the November 2008 issue of Ebony Magazine. She was also the first Young Nala to be photographed in full costume with fans and star in Disney’s “Being A Lion Kid” video. The role also gave her the opportunity to tackle other stage roles, including portraying Malia Obama in “Defying Inequality: The Broadway Concert.” Nia Imani has also starred in other stage plays such as “A Play on Words” and “A Christmas Carol;” which allowed her to appear on the Atlanta NBC affiliate news program 11 Alive in a segment on working child actors in the city.
Nia Imani’s philanthropic efforts include Broadway Kids Care, where as a result, she appeared on the nationally-viewed morning show program “Good Morning America” for her work with the organization, collecting donated coats and knitting scarves for people in need. She also started her own foundation in 2009, Every Child’s A Star Foundation (ECASF), a non-profit organization focused on promoting awareness, appreciation, and expansion of arts education in the public schools, and its significance as part of each child’s holistic educational experience.
Nia Imani wrote and composed her debut single “Your Journey Begins” which was digitally released on iTunes and Amazon March 18, 2010! Nia Imani is an honor roll student, a two-year Georgia Institute of Technology Scholar and a National Junior Beta Club member. She is also a member of the Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).
FUN FACTS & FAVORITES
• Starred as Young Nala in Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway.
• Starred as Malia Obama in Defying Inequality: The Broadway Concert.
• Performed at Madison Square Garden during half-time of NY Liberty vs. Atlanta Dream.
• Performed at Ashford & Simpson’s Sugar Bar with Valerie Simpson.
• Signed with SESAC Atlanta as an affiliate songwriter/publisher at age 10.
• Starred as Melinda Cratchit in Alliance Theatre’s A Christmas Carol.
• Attended a summer math & science academy at Georgia Tech on a 2 year academic scholarship.
• Favorite Color: Pink
• Favorite Food: Hot Wings
• Favorite Actor: Will Smith
• Favorite Actress: Keke Palmer
• Favorite Performer: Beyonce
CREDIT: Nia Imani’s Manager