Actress Jasmine Guy Lends Her Name to Deeply Rooted’s 15th Anniversary Season Finale as its Honorary Chair

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"Chicago Women of Song" Honorary Chair Jasmine Guy
Actress Jasmine Guy is serving as honorary chair of the Deeply Rooted Dance Theater’s 15th Anniversary Season Finale performance at the Harris Theater on December 9, 2011. Guy, who is best known for her role as Whitley Gilbert in “A Different World,” is slated to welcome the audience and take part in the VIP reception following the performance. DRP Artistic Director, Kevin Iega Jeff, and Guy worked together while at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York.

Most people remember Jasmine Guy from her days on The Cosby Show spinoff A Different World.  She made the iconic southern belle Whitley Gilbert, for which she won six consecutive NAACP Awards, must-see TV.  There is so much more to Ms. Guy, however.  In addition to acting, she is a dancer, singer, author and director.

It is her dancing that led her to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center where she met Kevin Iega Jeff, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater’s artistic director.  Also, at the Ailey Dance Center, the two became friends.

Next month, the two dancers will see each other again, when she comes to Chicago for Deeply Rooted’s 15th Annual Season Finale performance at the Harris Theater on December 9, 2011.  Ms. Guy, who is the event’s honorary chair, will welcome the audience and stay for the VIP reception following the performance.

“Jasmine values dance and the arts in general as a professional.  From a grassroots perspective, she understands the power of community and how it informs the arts,” explains Jeff.

Guy, who makes her home in Atlanta, most recently starred onstage in the True Colors Theater Company productions of Fool For Love, Miss Evers’ Boys, Blues for an Alabama Sky and Broke-ology.

“I have been fortunate to perform in many ‘different worlds,’ excuse the pun,” says Guy.  “I can’t wait to see Chicago Women of Song.  Iega and I have come a long way since our days in New York.”

One of the last times Chicagoans saw Guy was when she performed in the musical Chicago, as Velma Kelly.