Courage At Midnight!

MR. PRESIDENT  – Nixon Cesar

An award winning Equity/SAG/AFTRA union actor and writer that has worked both nationally and internationally. He has worked opposite powerhouses such as Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline and a sleuth of others and directed by pioneers such as George C. Wolfe, Woody King Jr., and other accomplished directors. Nixon started his journey as a method actor during a two year full scholarship at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in Los Angeles, California. After, he attained a Master's degree in Fine Arts in Theater. Nixon recent theater credits includes: Brooklyn Gangster, The Wire and Law and Order. His up and coming project is Universal Motion Pictures: King of Paper Chasing 2. He is proud to be working with the cast and crew at Tiny Starr Productions. He would like to dedicate this production to Change.

MRS. MICHELLE OBAMA– Audrey Martells

Audrey Martells is an actor, singer, songwriter who made her theater debut in The Scottsboro Boys directed by Susan Stroman and Jeff Whiting. She has co-starred on Blue Bloods and performed in the Motion Picture, Chicago and Save the Last Dance as a featured singer. As a songwriter, her songs have been recorded by George Benson and Randy Crawford among others. Audrey is thrilled to share the stage with this talented cast, brilliant director and wonderful playwright.


Tyneshia is no stranger to the stage. She began singing at the age of six as lead singer of the Hill Sisters. She attended the Choir Academy of Harlem as a member of the Girls Choir of Harlem. This relationship led to tours and her later becoming the Artistic Director of the Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem Alumni Ensemble. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration but her love for bringing laughter and joy to others brought her back to the stage. She made her acting debut in October of 2012 in Tiny Starr Productions’ “Mr. President and she hasn’t looked back since.


David Kenneth Sommerville was raised by a single parent father in Annapolis, Maryland. Always interested in acting, David avidly pursued a performing career. He auditioned for several local acting jobs in the Washington, DC/Baltimore metro area and was cast in several projects including, “Project- Run-A-way”, “Freedom Bound” and a regional tour of Historic Annapolis. David was cast as a lead in the MSNBC re-enactment series, of the D.C. Sniper saga. His desire to continue his theatrical training led him to New York to study scene study and character analysis with respected acting coach and director, Mel Williams. Under Theater For A New Generation (TFANG), David’s stage performances include, “The Lottery”; “The Colored Museum”; “Casablanca”; “Love is Forever”; “Homeward Bound” and “Julius Caesar”. David would like to thank his family and friends for their unending support.

GRACE MOORE – Pamela V. Eatman-Skinner

A native New Yorker and lover of all things arts and education, Pamela has spent her entire professional career engaged in her life's work as an educator, writer, actor and musical director. Whether in the classroom or on stage she feels committed to her calling to inspire, to enrich and to educate. Her literary journey began as a child and her first works of arts emerged as original poems, skits, plays and songs. She's been tremendously blessed and has been recognized for her work, winning many national competitions including but not limited to The Martin Luther King Jr. Arts and Science 
Competition. Pamela's stage credits include performing with The New York Philharmonic, The Moses Hogan Chorale, The Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble and as a part of the Children's Requiem at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. She starred as Odessa, in James Baldwin's legendary Amen Corner, under the tutelage of her theatre mentor, the late A. Marcus Hemphill and as Lady in Yellow in Ntozake' Shanges American drama, For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, directed by award winning director, Mel Williams. She also wrote and starred in several Tiny Starr Productions including Coming Home to Christmas, Mr. President; Courage at Midnight and Blest Be the Tie. Her credits also extend to musical performances all over the country and in countries around the world. Pamela has been blessed to launch her work on some of New York City's premiere Off Broadway Stages and is excited about continuing in this performing arts calling. A lover of learning she is a graduate of Hunter and Brooklyn College's with advanced studies at Rutgers and Columbia University's. Her work continues as she works as a teacher and advisor at Hostos Community College and Columbia University. Pamela is so grateful to her entire creative team, supporters and family for their constant support, love and patience. 

ADRIENNE DAVIS - Tinisha Smith

Originally from New Orleans, La, has been living in New York for the past 8 years. It wasn’t until she moved to New York, that she fell in love with the stage. She has been studying with Mel Williams for 5 years and has been a member of the Tfang organization for a year. Tinisha has appeared in several movies, commercials, plays and several showcases. Her biggest challenge yet has been writing and creating her 1st one woman show. Tinisha is thankful to God for giving her the dream of acting, and giving her the opportunity to make her dream her reality. Also, she is thankful for her family and true friends, absent and present, for their continued support.

YOUNG OBAMA - Taj Blaine

was born in Philadelphia pa. He is 9 years old. He comes from a family of 2 sisters and 5 brothers. Taj was recently tested as a gifted child scoring very high in performing arts and has a very high IQ.  He began his acting career in February of 2016 attending acting classes at Aikan Entertainments and since then has been soaring ever since. He has been in plays such as Blest Be the Tie and Cinderella. He has done background work Blue Bloods, Oceans 8, Master of None, Gypsy, Shades of Blue, Billions, and other Films as well.  He loves his acting career and is a very confident and loving child.  Everywhere he goes on set, the cast and people love him.  They all say he is fit for this and has the character for it and says he will go far in this business because of his confidence.


Ben Rogers was born in the county of Dorset in south-west England. He developed an early interest in acting from his Grandmother whose involvement in stage and theatre he avidly observed. In 2004 he moved to New Orleans to play music and was also involved in many film and television projects. Ben moved to New York City in April of 2012 and began studying under Mel Williams, eventually becoming a member of The Theatre for a New Generation. He enjoys playing many different and challenging characters and roles, including Samuel Beckett's Krapp in Krapp's Last Tape and the Elephant Man. He is always looking to expand his repertoire. Ben is extremely thankful and honored to be working with the talented cast and crew for Tiny Starr's production of Mr. President: Courage at Midnight. You can contact him at

STANLEY ANN DUNHAM - Amanda Harford-Ponce

is very excited to be part of this production of Mr. President Courage at Midnight. Fluent in Spanish, she has been training and performing under the guidance of director Mel Williams for three years and is currently seeking her Bachelor’s Degree from The New School with a focus in Theater and Journalism.

INMATE - Rosario Salvador Barry
A 28 year old professional actor hailing from Far Rockaway, Queens. Rosario is a union actor (Sag-Aftra, AEA) he has been training and performing with Theatre For A New Generation (TFANG) for six years, bringing life to every role he acquires. Rosario has participated in numerous films and Off-Off Broadway productions. From George Tillman Jr.'s "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister Pete" to the New York Times critically acclaimed "FreeFall", his versatility reflects his warm, yet edgy appeal. TFANG's Creative Director Mel Williams continues to serve as an inspiration and a mentor. With Rosario's creativity and determination one can only expect nothing short of the best. 

​SPIRIT OF GRACE MOTHER - Clarissa Sinceno

At age 17, Clarissa performed at the Metropolitan Opera.  Singing at jazz clubs such as the Blue Note, Birdland and the Sugar Bar have expanded Clarissa’s repertoire.  In 1995, Clarissa toured Japan with the Yusuke Hirado Trio, receiving great reviews from the Japanese press.  In 2000, she toured North and South Korea with the Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble under the direction of Bettye F. Forbes.  
Clarissa debuted in the "Nativity: A Life Story" as Mary with a stellar cast in 2003.  Her stage credits include performing excerpts from "Porgy and Bess" and "Children's Requiem" at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Hall.  Clarissa has recorded the voice of Eve in "Paradise Lost" in addition to “Stop By, Lord” from the African American Church music series conducted by James Abbington and Garagista Music's, "Not Just Another Holiday CD".  She has also recorded jingles for Master Charge and McDonalds.  She has also starred in For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, Coming Home To Christmas, Best Be The Tie, and now a cast member of Mr. President - Courage At Midnight directed by award winning, Mel Williams. 
Clarissa released her first album “A Spirit Sings” in acapella.  It was followed by “Live Recording at Ridgeway” and “Simply Me”.  She has toured with the Tony and Kennedy Award winner Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company in the production “Fondly Do We Hope . . . Fervently Do We Pray. . .”  She is also a lead vocalist for AFropolitan by Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège.
Clarissa is currently recording her fourth Jazz CD and continues to perform live with her band aah fro blú.  She is having the time of her life singing every genre of music under the sun.

Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space
Fri, Jan 13, 2017 8:00 pm
Sat, Jan 14, 2017 8:00 pm
Sun, Jan 15, 2017 5:00 pm
Expected Run Time is 140 minutes

Nixon Cesar - Mr. President
Audrey Martells - Mrs. Obama
Latoya Wilkinson - Sasha Obama
Athena Wilkinson - Malia Obama
David Kenneth Sommerville - Justice T. Moore
Pamela Eatman - Skinner - Grace Moore

Tinisha Smith - Adrienne Davis
Ben Rogers - Secret Serviceman
Tyneshia Hill - Banhi Chatterghee
Amanda Harford Ponce - Stanley Ann Dunham

Taj Blaine - Young Obama
Rosario Salvador - Inmate

Clarissa Sinceno - Spirit of Grace Mother