Yvonne Farrow won a 2010 AUDELCO Award for Excellence in Black Theatre as LEAD ACTRESS for her role as Leonta Wilson in the critically acclaimed stage play, What Would Jesus Do?, written and directed by Yvette Heyliger. This play with music by Larry Farrow, swept the ceremony winning seven of its eight AUDELCO nominations including PLAYWRIGHT and PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR. Yvonne originated the role in WWJD’s 2006 World Premiere in Los Angeles and continued on to perform as a Celebrity Guest at 2007 National Black Theater Festival.
A member of SAG, AEA and AFTRA, Yvonne has had recurring roles on Alias, Passions, Melrose Place, Models Inc, South Central and Mantis. Some television credits include Grey’s Anatomy, Bernie Mac, Seinfeld, Gregory Hines Show, and Sinbad. Some film credits include My Uncle Rafael, Ice Dreams, A Very Brady Sequel, Gotta Kick It Up, I’d Rather Be Dancing (a short which she wrote, produced, co-directed and starred, winning “Best Actress" at the ATHFF and nominated “Best Short” at the PAFF and FESPACO), Showtime Black Filmmaker’s award winning film, Letter To My Mother and An Incident the Life of a Slave Girl an AFI film. Some theater credits include leading roles in Sorrows and Rejoicings, Autobiography of a Homegirl, Company Policy, The Visit and A Raisin in the Sun (winning “Best Actress” at the Santa Monica Theater Guild.
Yvonne Farrow is partner with twin sister and founder, Yvette Heyliger in TWINBIZ (twins-in-the-business), whose mission is to write, direct and produce original works for stage, television and film, which seek to educate, entertain and serve. In 2008 Yvonne was nominated “Best Producer” at the NAACP Theater Awards for the LA Premiere of What Would Jesus Do? and went on to co-produce with Twinbiz at the National Black Theater Festival main stage. She was also the executive producer and star of Autobiography of a Homegirl, written and directed by Ms. Heyliger, also a NBTF main stage selection with its LA premiere at the Hollywood Court Theater. Yvonne wrote, produced and starred in a staged reading of her hour-long dramatic television pilot, The Y Factor at William Grant Still; and did the same with her a half-hour sitcom pilot, Vanilla Bean, which was developed and showcased at the HBO Workspace. Her stage play, Movements, where she was once again a triple threat, won third place at Inner City Cultural Center’s Act II Short Play Competition, and from there was selected for LA Theater Works’ The Play’s The Thing Radio Theater Series, airing live on KCRW with an all star cast. Yvonne’s very first play, L’Esprit Dance for Me was produced at University District of Columbia at Howard and was a finalist in the American College Theater Festival.
Ms. Farrow was one of ten in the nation selected for ABC Entertainment Television’s Talent Development Scholarship/Grant Program where she wrote, produced and directed her short film, I’d Rather Be Dancing. This, her first sync-sound film, was nominated “Best Short” at the Pan African Film Festival and FESPACO, an international film festival, where it was nominated for the Paul Robeson Award, “Best of the Best” in the African Diaspora, Special Prize for “Special Interest”, Short Drama. A heavy favorite, IRBD is now a part of the permanent FESPACO film archives. IRBD was selected to air on WGHB Public Television and BET-J's Best Shorts. Yvonne won “Best Actress” at the American Theater of Harlem Film Festival for her role as Monta Cummings in IRBD. She also wrote, produced, directed and edited three 16mm short films at the New York Film Academy. Movements, an adaptation from her stage play, was nominated Best Short, also at the Pan African Film Festival, won Second Place at the Black Filmmaker Hall of Fame and aired on The African American Filmmaker’s Show. Also, her two short comedies, The Break-Up and Vanilla Bean (Exec. Prod., the late Gregory Hines), have enjoyed screening success.
Yvonne Farrow has been specializing in choralography of concert choral works specifically designed for classically trained choirs for almost 20 years. She is also a dramatic coach employing theater and lighting design to choral performance as an extension of her vision. She is a member of American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America, National Association Negro Musicians and Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, working with choirs from middle school to the professional. Her choral ballets have been performed around the world and have contributed to top awards won by The Choral Project, Daniel Hughes, Director, at the California International Choral Festival & Competition; and The Northridge Singers, Paul Smith, Director, at International Eisteddfod, in Wales. She re-set War Song 2.0 on University of Delaware Chorale, which competed in the 42nd Annual Choral Festival, Tolosa, Spain and Turn the World Around, 2.0 on Cal Poly’s Kellogg Chamber Singers.
Yvonne is a member of the Actor’s Work Program and was in the first class to receive Teaching Artist Training. Ms. Farrow became a teaching artist with Freshi Film Worx, teaching digital filmmaking to middle school children. She was also hired by the company to do PR for their International Family Film Festival and was the writer and editor of their children’s magazine, Intercut. Yvonne is also member of Center for Cultural Innovations and Career Transition for Dancers.
Yvonne Farrow holds a Bachelor of Metaphysical Science (B.Msc.) from the University of Sedona where she was ordained as Metaphysical Minister in 2010. In addition, she is a licensed Professional Practitioner with UOS and LA Third Church of Religious Science. She received her first practitioner’s license from City of Angels Church of Religious Science in 2004. Ms. Farrow practiced Siddha Yoga Meditation for 20 years serving as a facilitator, speaker and coach for Evening Programs and Meditation Intensives in LA. Reverend Yvonne serves as the Director of Practitioners at LA Third Church where she developed a License & Licensing Renewal Program and Handbook. She also serves as a worship leader, instructor and speaker. Ms. Farrow is currently working towards a Masters, then doctorate in Mystical Research at the University of Sedona
Yvonne began her career as a dancer at the Duke Ellington High School for the Arts in Washington, DC, and went on to receive her BA from New York University while working with such dance companies as Dance Theater of Harlem (apprentice), Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater III, Clive Thompson Dance Company and The Sporting Dolls of Monte Carlo, Monaco. She was one of the first African American models of dance-wear for the Capezio and Danskin catalogs and still works as a plus-size model today. Ms. Farrow was a dancer in Tulsa Opera’s Porgy and Bess and Virginia Opera’s Harriet: A Woman Called Moses, dancing the title role. Yvonne also performed in the dance related features Beat Street, A Chorus Line and Off Beat.
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