HB Resident Artist, Kaili Y. Turner presents Sheen the Musical

Friday, July 12

at HB Playwrights Theatre
124 Bank St, New York

Sheen the Musical is a musical play based in the 1960’s, where a group of teens sing, dance and fight to try to find their way. Stuck between color lines, the greasers and what it means to be American, they experience friendship, romances and adventures. Sheen, the musical named after hair sheen, a product used by African Americans for decades is the answer to Grease you never knew you needed, but are damn sure glad you have!

Kaili Y. Turner (Creator/Writer/Director/Actor) is a Black Indigenous (enrolled member of Nipmuc Nation) comedian, actress, writer, producer, and puppeteer with a MFA at the Actors Studio Drama School. With a passion for storytelling and representation, Kaili creates content that’s relatable, funny, edgy and nuanced. Her moto: A spoon full of laughter helps the medicine go down, whether it’s overt or seems like just plain fun, there’s a message in her madness. Additionally, Kaili is an alumni of ABC/Disney Pilot Prep Program for Native Americans, SNL/Second City Scholarship, The Native American TV Writers Lab, Collective 5 Showrunners program. For more information go to her website at www.kailiyturner.com or follow her @mdamstarlight on IG.

Michele Baldwin (Producer) is an American, Multi-Media Artist, Creator, Philanthropist and Overall Inspirer. Actor, Artist, Writer, Award Winning Producer/Filmmaker, Director, strives to inspire others to their excellence by being a fearless beacon of light and positivity. Michele’s work encompasses all aspects of the business: Film, TV, Theater, Internet and Zoom. A masterful Producer with an array of independent films, commercial and theater projects to the world. As an Actor, Michele has earned considerable IMDB credits, and has the stages of; MST, Second Stage Theatre, 59E59, EST and Cherry Lane Theater. She is presently in post-production with a documentary film where she serves as creator, writer and Executive Producer. Find her: www.michelebaldwin.com SM: https://www.flowcode.com/page/michelebaldwin/

Xavier Rodney (Producer) is a SAG-AFTRA, Brooklyn born and raised Actor and I’m interested in hearing more about this production! I most recently played JT on HULU’s WU-TANG. I am the Co-founder of the Brooklyn-based sketch comedy group, TO KAREN, WITH LOVE. Improv, comedy and dramatic storytelling are all well within my wheelhouse. I have attached my headshot and resume, but you can find all of my links and media on my website: www.XavierRodney.com

Damany Mathis (Music Director) American actor, musician, and writer Damany Mathis has experience on all of the major platforms. Before making a splash in the music industry in 2010 as a member of the independent music collective DD172/BluRoc Records, his big-screen debut would come first. By using the moniker Rugz D. Bewler or BWLR, Damany was able to tour and work with well-known industry heavyweights. Damany has self-produced seven studio albums, numerous writing compilations, and numerous other works. He has also worked as a curator and project manager for museum design initiatives that focus on the arts.

RJ Wiliams (Book Writer/Actor) is a Dallas born and New York trained improvisor. He performs with hip hop comedy team North Coast and the musical improv team Baby Wants Candy. He has performed on Broadway and headlined festivals around the US. RJ also performs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with the show “Shamilton”. RJ is featured on the North Coast Podcast, available on Spotify and Apple Podcast. RJ is not good at writing bios, so RJ pretends he is The Rock when typing bios and says RJ a lot.

Kalynn Chambers is a North Carolina native currently living in Brooklyn, NY. She is an actor, mwriter, and improvisor. She completed the Saturday Night Live/Peoples Improv Theater Scholarship Program and was recognized as an Exceptional Student at the Terry Knickerbocker Acting Studio for her commitment to excellence in the craft of acting. Kalynn was a Comedy Writing Intern for Amanda Seales’ Smart, Funny, and Black. She has studied improv at the Washington Improv Theater and sketch at The PIT. She has been an ensemble member of several comedy sketch and improv teams. Keep up with Kalynn on Instagram and Twitter at @KalynnChambers.

Amber Bloom (Actor) is excited to be back on the stage again after a Covid drought. Credits include: Broadway Bares, Erotic Broadway, and I’ll Say She is: The lost Marx Brothers Musical, among others. She is a founding member of the sketch Comedy group To Karen With Love, and has been seen on the small screen on Oxygen and ID channels. She wants to thank Kaili for bringing her on this project’s journey!

Aaron LaRoche (Actor) is a comedian/writer born in MA and now residing in New York. He has trained at UCB, The PIT, and Armory. He can be seen performing with Branded Silk and as a cast member of The Art Of Killing It, an immersive murder mystery. He is also a soon to be graduate of the David Lynch Screenwriting Program

Alexis Braxton (Actor) is an actress and singer from Pennsylvania. Right before the Covid-19 shutdown in 2020, Alexis played the lead role of Olivia Pope in the parody musical Scandusical. Other stage work includes performing with the sketch comedy groups To Karen, With Love, The Black Pantherettes, and Golden Gals, In the commercial world, she’s worked with brands including Jimmy John’s, TJMaxx, and Uber. When she’s not on her quest to being “booked and busy,” Alexis enjoys working out, taking tap dancing lessons, thrift shopping, and obsessing over her hair.

Myriam Moss is a Choreographer, Actor, Singer, Writer, and ultimate creative. Brooklyn native, Myriam is skilled in the arts, she has danced and taught Salsa, Latin Dance, Hip-Hop, Chicago-Stepping, Jazz and more. The former face of NYC Shape Up, with billboards to inspire the community to live a healthy and fit lifestyle while providing free Dance Fitness classes from the youth to senior adults. Seen in various stage and film productions, sketch comedy shows, and member of sketch teams, To Karen, With Love, Rock The Bells, and American Candy. She was recently seen at Rockwood Music Hall singing with the band, Impossible Kings. Lastly, you may have seen a few props and costumes created by her as she can do that too and have.

Ronnetta Renay (Actor) mix the relatability and intensity of Taraji P. Henson… with the range of Regina King… and add a dash of Eddie Murphy and you get Ronnetta Renay. Actors Access: https://resumes.actorsaccess.com/719682-1954712.

Kristen Gonzalez (Actor) Comedian, actor, writer. Studied at the Pit.

HB Studio is dedicated to training and practice for the theater, and seeks to provide a commerce-free environment for the nurturing and growth of theater artists. In pursuit of this goal, HB offers five one-week Rehearsal Space Residencies each year for the development of creative projects. The HB Rehearsal Space Residency is an opportunity for practicing theater artists to collaborate on experimental projects, develop new work, and share workshop presentations among peers and colleagues, for constructive critical feedback and mutual growth. The Rehearsal Space Residency is an open opportunity; you do not have to be affiliated with HB Studio to apply. However we do ask that our resident artists work with us to engage with our community of students and faculty while in residence at HB. For more information on our HB Residencies. Click here.


This program is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and many generous supporters.