Hello Hello! My name is Bria Walker and I am a New York based actress, singer, director, writer & educator. I was born in sunny northern California and later moved to the less sunny western Pennsylvania area.
I received my B.F.A. from Wright State University and my M.F.A. from the National Theatre Conservatory (in conjunction with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.)
Over the past couple of years, I have started to explore the directorial waters and I'm digging it! Some recent productions include: Avenue Q at SUNY New Paltz and the University of Pittsburgh; Dog Shit by Mark Clayton Southers for B.U.S. 10; staged musical reading of Off With her Maidenhead (written by Amy Claussen & James Rushin) at THE PITCH Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Auburn, New York.
My latest endeavor has me juggling being a multi-disciplinary artist and an assistant professor of Acting at SUNY New Paltz in New Paltz, NY.
So look around. Check out my resume to see what I've been up to and if you'd like to reach out to me, feel free to find my contact information below!
by Suzan-Lori Parks
directed by Tim Rhoze; assistant director - Bria Walker
In this 2002 Pulitzer Prize Winner, by one of America’s most celebrated playwrights, an eloquently profane story exposes the traps of being African American and male in the United States; and the mask these men must wear to survive. Brothers Lincoln and Booth are the cornerstones of this thrilling comic drama, giving us insight into the role of deception and betrayal in some Black men’s lives. What is set into motion on stage is pure theatrical excitement.
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by Regina Taylor
directed by Tim Rhoze & Bria Walker
When the remarkably talented playwright/actor Regina Taylor’s Gospel Musical reveals the story about six African-American women and the hats they wear to church, you know that you are in for the time of your life! As told over the course of a Sunday, we journey with these women as they attend church service, a wedding, a funeral and a baptism. Ultimately, we are gifted with the knowledge of what Black women had to go through just to wear a hat. You will unquestionably be transformed by the experience of finding out about these amazing women of color, through their amazing hats.
SAINTS TOUR - Bricolage production co.
Bria Walker, as the Tour Guide, shoulders her monumental task with ease.
–Michelle Pilecki, City Paper
The Tour Guide was witty, serenely commanding, almost queen-like.
–Anna Rasshivkina, The Sprout Fund
The chief character is the Tour Guide, played with stately imperturbability and quick-wittedness by Bria Walker, who has to deal with whatever happens along the way, including the questioning audience. It’s a performance most wonderful in seeming more than that, an actual embodiment of the community through which we move.
–Chris Rawson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The main character, as it were, is a rather mysterious, unnamed tour guide (played by the terrific Bria Walker), who herself has an aura of the otherworldly.
–Bill O’Driscoll, City Paper “Blogh”
pop! - city theatre
Everyone in the cast sings all of that to perfection especially Pittsburgh’s Bria Walker as Warhol celeb Viva.
–Gordon Spencer, WRCT
The women create equally vibrant characters. Bria Walker enlivens Viva.
–Alice Carter, Pittsburgh Tribune Review
The three women of the cast are each given the opportunity to blow us away, and do they ever. Ms. Walker, who [has] graced many local productions, continues that run and raises it here. Ms. Walker belts about Viva’s brilliant mind and emerges with dignity from a purposefully silly and awkward sex scene, staged for one of Warhol’s films.
–Sharon Eberson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
[They] are blasts of extraordinary talent. Each actor is perfection.
–Ted Hoover, Pittsburgh City Paper
THE MONOLOGUE PROJECT
The Monologue Project (TMP) is an online resource featuring 30 original monologues from nationally recognized writers for the theater is now available to the public. TMP aims to increase the number of audition-length monologues for Women of the African Diaspora and celebrate their impact on theater and the world. We join in solidarity with the woman-driven activism of movements like Black Lives Matter, acknowledging the essential role of black women in America. We also acknowledge those women who have already contributed to this canon and who have paved the way for other writers and actors.
Participating TMP Playwrights include (in alphabetical order): Mando Alvarado, Chrystal Bates, France-Luce Benson, N’Jameh Camara, Zina Camblin, Kia Corthron, Gethsemane Herron-Coward, LeKeithia Dalcoe, William Duell, Kim El, Alesia Etinoff, Amy Evans, Rob Florence, Imani Maryahm Harrington, Dave Harris, Yona Harvey, Yvette Heyliger, Chisa Hutchinson, Levi Jelks, Christine Toy Johnson, Jewell McPherson, Dominique Morisseau, Ife Olujobi, Maxie Rockymore, Bianca Sams, Mark Southers, Daniel Talbott, Cori Thomas, Pamela Turner, Mfoniso Udofia, Bria Walker, Keith Wallace, Amy Gijsbers van Wijk, Pia Wilson, and Charlayne Woodard.
Please contact me with any questions and/or inquiries related to performances or possible teaching engagements.