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Guest Starring on Disney’s “Vampirina”

On October 23, Audra McDonald guest stars on Disney Junior’s Emmy and BAFTA Award-nominated animated series Vampirina. Stacked with a roster of stars from screen and stage, Vampirina follows the story of a vampire family adjusting to life after a move from Transylvania to Pennsylvania. In an episode titled “Vee and the Family Stone,” Audra portrays a world-famous fashion designer named Medusa. Taken by the family’s suburban flare, Medusa realizes in the end that the best fashion trend is simply being yourself. Described by Disney as, “a blend of spooky fun, heartfelt storytelling and Broadway-caliber music,” audiences can enjoy season 3 of Vampirina on DisneyNow.

Audra McDonald sits in front of a multi-colored stone wall, wearing a black top and faintly smiling while looking toward the camera.

Talking Racial Justice on CB​S This Morning

On September 11, Audra McDonald appeared on CBS This Morning to discuss a variety of topics including her upcoming role in the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect and Black Theatre United’s work to battle systemic racism in both the theater industry and the nation. Speaking with CBS’s Gayle King and Anthony Mason, Audra covered the importance of being counted in the census and Black and brown representation across the theater industry. Audra also discussed her upcoming role as Barbara Franklin in the upcoming movie Respect, and even sang a few lines from one of her favorite Aretha Franklin songs, “Until You Come Back to Me.”

Watch the full interview below!

In Conversation with Sherrilyn Ifill for Black Theatre United

On July 9, Audra McDonald joins Sherrilyn Ifill, President of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, in conversation for Black Theatre United‘s event “Activating Black Artists & Allies for Racial Justice.” BTU invites members and allies to participate in this Virtual Town Hall, which aims to harness the power of the collective voice in an effort to enact change. This live-streamed event begins at 6:30 pm ET, is free to attend. Click here to register.

Broadway Equality Initiatives on PBS NewsHour

On June 26, Audra appeared on PBS NewsHour in a segment calling for racial equality on Broadway.

Audra recently won “Best Actor in a Play on Broadway” in the inaugural Antonyo Awards for her role in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. Of the Awards Audra tells PBS that there’s a desire and want to “be together and celebrate in any way that we can…we can celebrate and we can rally to make change.”

PBS also highlighted Black Theatre United, an organization in which Audra is a founding member. Describing the mission of BTU, Audra notes, “there’s not a lot of black stage managers, in wardrobe, on the crew, in casting offices…so many of us are oftentimes the only one in the room… [we need] to give ourselves a greater voice and then at the same time concentrate on what we can do to change the theatrical landscape.”

To watch the full segment on PBS, click here.

Announcing Black Theatre United

On June 16, Audra McDonald and a coalition of professionals from across the theatre industry announced the launch of Black Theatre United, an organization whose mission is to inspire reform and combat systemic racism within the theatre community and throughout the nation.

Comprised of performers, writers, directors, stage managers, and more, Black Theatre United’s mission states:

As members of the black theatre community we stand together to help protect black people, black talent, and black lives of all shapes and orientations in theatre and communities across the country. Our voices are united to empower our community through activism in the pursuit of justice and equality for the betterment of all humanity. We need every voice lifted and every heart opened, aligned with ours to fight against racist ideologies that have divided us by devaluing our lives. We will not be silent. We will be seen. We will be heard. We are here. Join Us.

Emphasizing four goals—awareness, accountability, advocacy, and action—BTU will work at the community and national levels to elevate anti-racist causes and support the Black community through various resources and initiatives.

Visit to learn about BTU and join the movement.

Count Us Forreal: Virtual Event with

On June 17, Audra McDonald joins Gaylene Kanoyton, Audrey Cash, and Jeanine Abrams McLean for a virtual Zoom event through FairCount.Org and The Links titled “Count Us Forreal: Sisters Sip”. Starting at 7 pm EST, the ladies will discuss what it means to show up for the community while prioritizing overall health. This event is part of Fair Count’s “virtual Juneteenth census celebration week,” which aims to celebrate black people and their history. Fair Count is an organization committed to helping communities with little to no internet access get connected in preparation for the first ever online census in 2020. For more information on Fair Count and to join in for the June 17 event, click here. For a full list of events, visit Fair Count’s website.