Sonita

Redd Opera Co.

DEATH AND A KING'S HORSEMAN by Wole Soyinka (Choreographer: Keyierra Collins)

DEATH AND A KING'S HORSEMAN by Wole Soyinka (Choreographer: Keyierra Collins)

PRODUCER | DIRECTOR | PLAYWRIGHT | SOUND DESIGNER

  • MFA in Drama – Directing (Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York)
  • Directors Lab (Lincoln Center)
  • Dialect:  Southern, British, German, Cockney, Russian, Brooklyn (Victory Gardens Professional Training Series)
  • BA in Vocal Performance (State University of New York) 
  • Technique Practitioner:  Linklater, Alexander, Rodenberg, FeldenKrais, Meisner

Sonita L. Surratt  is an award winning classically trained vocalist, playwright, actor, director, sound designer, an Artist in Residence at Purdue University's Black Cultural Center, and a member of the Stage Directors' and Choreographers' Society.  

Ms. Surratt is a United States Air Force Veteran.  Originally from Norfolk VA, she later grew up in Cleveland OH and eventually moved to Upstate NY where she completed her performing arts academic training, performed and taught at both collegiate and K-12 public schools for several years before relocating to Chicago, IL.

Her diverse experience, among many, encompasses opera stages, Off Broadway, and touring with Opera in the Hood.  Since her arrival to Chicago, eta Creative Arts Foundation has become her artistic home where she has enjoyed working on premieres by award winning playwrights:  Sins of the Father (Director), Lines in the Dust (Sound Designer) Two Twenty-Seven (Sound Designer), If Scrooge Was a Brother (Music Director), The Underground Railroad (Director), Sounds of Blackness (Director), Hip Hop Aesop (Director), It Shoudda Been Me (Director), Flow, a hip hop musical (Director), Tearing Down the Walls (Musical Director), The Legend of Buster Neal (Music Director), and Dowager Daughters of Transcendence (Sound Designer).  Her other directing and sound designer credits include The Door Game (Director), at the Chicago Prologue Landmark Theatre Festival, Re-Entry (Director) at the Chicago Fringe Festival, Sampled: Beats of Muslim Life (Director) w/Performance Artist Dr. Su'ad Khabeer, Home (Director), Having Our Say: The First 100 Hundred Years (Director), I’m Ev’ry Womon (Playwright/Director), The British Are Coming (Director), The Miracle (Director), Summer and Smoke (Director), and A Young Lady of Property (Director), Valley Song (Music Director), and Halcyon’s Alcyone Festival (Sound Designer).

In 2015 she expanded her portfolio to producer/director.

  • Triton College hosted excerpts of Phillis: The American Revolutionary during their Black History Month Celebration. (2015)
  • Redd Opera Festival debuted at the Davenport Piano Bar. (2015)
  • A full production of Phillis: The American Revolutionary featuring Kamille Dawkins, Erica DeLoach, Kenyai McNeal, and Michael Lovette debuted as a part of eta Creative Arts Magic Box series. (2016).
AWARD WINNING ARTIST ·         Voice for the Performer Coach for “Inspire Startup” Competition Winner (Apr 2014) ·         Black Theater Alliance Best Sound Design Award (2012) ·         Black Theater Alliance Award Nominee: Director and Sound Design categories (2012) ·         Syracuse Area Live Theatre (SALT) Award Nominee: Best Director of the Year (2010) ·         Syracuse Post Standard - Best Play of the Year:  I’m Every Womon (2001) ·         National Association of Teachers Vocal Competition:  Silver Ribbon Award ·         Dramatic Coach for … NAACP ACTSO National Silver Medal Winner ·         Vocal Coach for Five to Life, a Sammy Music Award ensemble. ·         Women’s Voices (Radio Drama) National Clarion Award (two-time winner)

AWARD WINNING ARTIST

·         Voice for the Performer Coach for “Inspire Startup” Competition Winner (Apr 2014)

·         Black Theater Alliance Best Sound Design Award (2012)

·         Black Theater Alliance Award Nominee: Director and Sound Design categories (2012)

·         Syracuse Area Live Theatre (SALT) Award Nominee: Best Director of the Year (2010)

·         Syracuse Post Standard - Best Play of the Year:  I’m Every Womon (2001)

·         National Association of Teachers Vocal Competition:  Silver Ribbon Award

·         Dramatic Coach for … NAACP ACTSO National Silver Medal Winner

·         Vocal Coach for Five to Life, a Sammy Music Award ensemble.

·         Women’s Voices (Radio Drama) National Clarion Award (two-time winner)