Photos with Pernell Walker
Pernell Walker hails from the South Bronx and thanks God for allowing her to work with such passionate, profound filmmakers and theater artists. She holds a MFA in acting from The Actors Studio Drama School as well as a BA in Theater from City College. Fall of 2011 marked Ms.Walker first feature film debut as Laura In the award winning and critically acclaimed film, Pariah. In 2010, Ms. Walker enjoyed a sold-out run in Classical Theater of Harlem's workshop production of Radha Blank's SEED, directed by Niegel Smith, starring in the role of Rashawn. Read more... Theater Festival staging of the show, and did so again in the fall of 2011 in her off-Broadway debut. Her other notable stage work includes Sistas on Fire, with the Act-Now Foundation; the educational tour of Singin wid a Sword in Ma Hand, with Green Gurl Productions; and A Time in South Africa, which was a 2009 semi-finalist in the Strawberry One Act Play Festival. Ms. Walker originated the role of Laura in writer/director Dee Rees' award-winning short film Pariah. Her other films include Kiandra Park's Riot; Karen Odyniec's So Over You; Talibah Newman's Busted on Brigham Lane and Rod Gailes Earl's Post Prison Playdate. Ms.Walker has recently wrapped filming on the set of Lee Daniel's latest film, The Butler (starring Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whittaker). She will portray the character of Lorraine.