Zakeya Monique (Nikki) is a playwright, marketer, community engagement producer and avid hugger. After having her first play produced at the age of 15, she went on to graduate from NYU Tisch School of the Arts’ Dramatic Writing Program with a concentration in playwrighting. Wanting to bridge the arts and business, she went on to obtain a Master’s of Science in Direct and Interactive Marketing. She is also the founder of emergingplaywright.com, a site where playwrights without representation can seek out avenues to submit their work (the site is set to relaunch 2017).
Belynda has managed projects in the mediums of theatre, film and dance. Most recent Production Manager at The National Black Theatre’s Facing Our Truth in Assoc. with New Black Fest, CARNAVAL by Nikkole Salter, Hands Up in Assoc. with New Black Fest, Her Portmanteau by Mfoniso Udiofia, Fried Chicken & Latkes by Rain Pryor and the 2015 Teer Spirit Awards Gala. This summer NBT was featured at the NBTF in NC where she was Stage Manager on HandsUp and Fried Chicken & Latkes.
Credits in film as Location Manager / Scout includes: Iquo Essien’s Aissa’s Story screened at FESPACO 2015 and nominated for Nigeria’s African Academy Awards 2015, Princess Usanga, Jake Wilson’s, You got to Joking and numerous other films. She also is the Stage Manager for the Annual Festival: Maimouna Keita African Dance Company and Sing Sing Rhythms of Senegal. Belynda is a consultant with the NY African Film Festival Inc., presented by both the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music