Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Jeri relocated to Chicago to pursue her M.F.A. in Acting at The Theatre School at DePaul University. She looks forward to graduating in June and making an impact on the Chicago theatre scene. A creative soul since childhood, Jeri grew up writing and performing skits with her childhood friends, and imitating Mariah Carey. In college her dream as an artist took fruition. Jeri received her BA in Theatre Performance from the University of Maryland, at College Park. Upon earning her Bachelor’s degree, Jeri spent several years as an actor, working in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area. She was a performer for Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Program, educating disadvantaged youth about preventative healthcare through dramatic expression. Jeri also enjoyed several seasons as a performer and teaching artist with the Maryland Shakespeare Company, working intensely with middle school students on classical text. Jeri further trained at the Circle in The Square Theatre School in New York City.
Her favorite DePaul Theatre School Credits include Bertha Holly (Joe Turner’s Come and Gone), Abuela Claudia (In the Heights), and Marty (Circle Mirror Transformation). Jeri has completed her final show at DePaul as TMI/Miss Social Media in the Translation of Likes, directed by Ron OJ Parson.
Since graduation, Jeri recently appeared in an episode of Chicago Med, shot a Kozy Shack Commericial for the Onion Lab and understudied the role of First Lady in "A Wonder In My Soul" at Victory Gardens Theatre.
When she’s not acting, Jeri enjoys singing, creative writing, drawing, trying new recipes, yoga, and learning French. To add to her many artistic ambitions, Jeri hopes to take up learning the saxophone and African drumming. It is her lifelong passion to create vivid and evocative stories, through as many artistic mediums as possible.
Jeri is thrilled to be a part of Gray Talent Group, and looks forward to many opportunities to come in the near future.
Currently Jeri is tackling the role of Florence in "To The Promised Land" at the Children's Theatre of Madison. (April 22-May 3rd)
Up Next: Jeri will take on the dual roles of Nurse and Darla in "The Tin Woman" at Theatre at the Center in Munster Indiana (July 2017).