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National Forum on Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities

Michelle Banks

A native of Washington, D.C., Michelle Banks is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Onyx Theatre Company, which presents works of merged sign language and spoken English. The company received much attention for its critically acclaimed performance A Not So Quiet Nocturne, which stars Banks as a pregnant woman who contracts the HIV virus from her husband. Banks has many credits under her belt; her film credits include A Free Bird of a Cutting Edge by Ann Marie Bryan, Malcolm X by Spike Lee, and Compensation by Zeinabu Irene Davis. Theatrical credits include For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide: When the Rainbow Is Enuf by nationally famed poet Ntozake Shange. She has worked as an Interpreter Director with ASL interpreters on plays like House Arrest by Anna Deavere Smith, Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk, and The Life. She has been featured in such magazines as "Essence," "Gallaudet Today," and "World Around You." Currently she is a drama teacher at JHS 47 School for the Deaf in Manhattan.

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