I'm an Ohio native with roots in Rocky Mount, Virginia. Yes, that means I'm filled to the brim with Midwest kindness and Southern hospitality. Raised in the small suburb of Harrison Township, just north of Dayton, I am the daughter of educators - I call them the Saint and the Scientist - who were both dedicated to the concept that knowledge is power. In fact, my father was my high school principal and it was my mother's love and command of language that opened me to the beauty of words and art.
I received my B.A. in Radio/Television Communications from thee (yes, that's emphasized) Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio and following graduation moved to New York City to pound the proverbial pavement, be a modern-day flower child and work in theater.
After much trial and error, an abundance of tears, frustration and a whole host of experiences to be shared later, I was fortunate to connect with amazing people and was welcomed into Eva Minemar's Angry Jellow Bubbles sketch group and show, which was co-produced by Tony Lepore. The show toured internationally and played several stages nationally, including a run at the Comedy Central Stage in Los Angeles. It was there that I brought to life the lovable "Namaste B$%^#S" Yogo teacher, written by fellow bubble Delores Diaz!
"I've been cast as Glinda the Good Witch three times. If only my wand was really magic. Maybe it is - and that's the mystery of my own life story. And everyone watching knows this except me! Ha - what a twist!" - C.HeavenNezCree Kirby
I WILL NEVER SAY IT'S BEEN DOWN. ONE THING FOR SURE THAT IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN, IS NOW.
AND, I'VE HAD TO LEARN TO BE HERE WITH IT. "HNC
Following a job transition, I took a position as a Dance Teaching Artist in Washington Heights (NYC). It was here that I discovered a passion for teaching in a non-traditional way. Using the arts, I was able to provide both a confidence booster and a space to teach students how to use alternative approaches to understanding math, science and language arts. After moving to Los Angeles, I worked as a Master Dance Counselor, Dance Coach, and teacher of Theatre, Poetry and Film. I then segued into being an arts Program Coordinator and finally, the Director of Arts Education at the high school level, designing and implementing standard aligned curricula.
As doors changed places, I decided to adopt a single focus and return to my roots as an artist. That brings me to where I am today. Creatively, I am finding my bliss in generating new writings, fresh pieces of artwork, original music, auditioning and working in film, television, theatre & new media. I am dedicated to being fully present in the moment.
Because I love an intellectual challenge, I completed my Executive MBA degree at Howard University in Spring 2018, culminating the program with honors. In Fall 2018, as the recipient of a merit scholarship, I entered Mount Saint Mary's University's Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program with a concentration in Directing and Cinematography.
I'm on a mission to create uplifting, inspiring, family-friendly media that everyone can enjoy. Inspirational stories and media with a message are what hooked me as a child and I want those stories to continue to be told. As an actress, an artist, a woman and a woman of color, it's of paramount importance that I be part of stories that explore my full humanity, the fullness of my femininity, my love and my full compassion for us all.
*HeavenNezCree is a member of SAG-AFTRA and ASCAP*.
She is also a member of
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and
the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society.
B.A. Radio/Television Communications - Central State University
M.B.A. - Focused on Strategy & Ethics, Entrepreneurship - Howard University
M.F.A - Film & Television | Focused on Directing and Cinematography Mount Saint Mary's University (in progress)