Danielle Brooks

Danielle Brooks

Danielle Brooks

Job Title

Actress & Singer

Danielle Brooks starred as “Tasha ‘Taystee’ Jefferson” in Netflix’s Emmy nominated series ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, a role that garnered her two NAACP Image Award nominations for “Best Actress in a Comedy Series.” She also received the Young Hollywood Award for “Breakthrough Actress.” Brooks can currently be seen starring opposite John Cena in the recently released HBO Max series PEACEMAKER, the spinoff series to James Gunn’s THE SUICIDE SQUAD movie.

Brooks starred as the legendary Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson in director Kenny Leon’s MAHALIA. For her performance, Brooks earned the “Actress Award for Television” from the Critics Choice Association Celebration of Black Cinema & Television. Additionally, Brooks was nominated for a Critics Choice TV “Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television” Award, a NAACP Image Award in the “Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special” category, and received a Primetime Emmy Award Nomination as a Co- Executive Producer on MAHALIA for “Outstanding Television Movie”

On stage, Brooks starred as “Beatrice” in The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, directed by Kenny Leon. For her performance, she received the AUDELCO Award for “Lead Actress in a Musical,” the ANTONYO Award for “Best Actor in a Play, Off-Broadway,” and a Drama League Award nomination for “Distinguished Performance.” Brooks made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning revival of THE COLOR PURPLE, which earned her a Tony Award nomination, a Drama Desk Award, and an Outer Critics Circle Award. She also received a Grammy Award and a Theater World Award for “Significant Broadway Debut.”

Other feature work includes a leading role opposite Anna Kendrick in Chris Morris’ THE DAY SHALL COME, produced by See Saw and released by IFC, and a role opposite Alfre Woodard, Wendell Pierce, and Aldis Hodge in CLEMENCY, which won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and was released by Neon. Other television work includes a recurring role on Aziz Ansari’s Emmy Award-winning Netflix comedy series MASTER OF NONE, and guest lead roles on HBO’s HIGH MAINTENANCE and GIRLS. Brooks’ voice work includes Sony’s animated feature ANGRY BIRDS, HBO Max’s CLOSE ENOUGH, and Netflix’s KARMA’S WORLD.

Danielle released her four track EP entitled FOUR. Brooks co-wrote the songs including “Seasons,” which is featured in the series finale of ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK.

Danielle is the co-founder of “Black Women on Broadway,” which honors the legacy of Black Women’s contributions to the theater. She serves on the Artistic Board of Urban Arts Partnership, which advances the intellectual, social and artistic development of underserved public school students through arts-integrated education programs to close the achievement gap.

Danielle grew up in South Carolina and is a graduate of The Juilliard School.