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Valisia LeKae

Valisia LeKae has been blessed to grace the Broadway stage numerous times in productions of The Threepenny Opera, 110 in the Shade, Ragtime, and The Book of Mormon. She recently starred as Diana Ross in Motown the Musical, for which she garnered a 2014 Grammy nomination, 2013 Tony nomination, Theatre World Award, Drama League nomination, and an Outer Critics Circle nomination.

LEKAE Speaking PromoLeKae won the 2010 Joseph Jefferson Award for her portrayal of Sarah in Ragtime. She was also nominated for a Black Theatre Alliance Award for the same role. She appeared Off-Broadway in the John Denver musical, Almost Heaven. Some of her regional credits include Caroline, or Change (Emmie), Dreamgirls (Deena Jones), Godspell (Joanne), Big River (Alice’s Daughter) and Little Shop of Horrors (Chiffon) (for which she received a Kevin Kline Award nomination), among many others. She was also part of the “Live at Lincoln Center” production of Camelot. She has toured with the USO and the national touring companies of All Shook Up (Lorraine) and Mamma Mia (Lisa) and been a part of many workshops and readings in the New York City area.

Since being diagnosed with ovarian cancer on December 2, 2013, LeKae has used her voice to spread awareness about this deadly, silent disease. She is now the spokesperson for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.

Valisia is an alumna of the department of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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A special thanks to the College of Arts and Sciences. Sponsorship provided by the College of Law, the Department of Psychology, and the Department of Theatre.