Angela Gibbs is a native of Detroit, Michigan, with more than three decades in the Entertainment Industry, and has covered the roles of producer, actor, writer and director. Most recently Gibbs joins the cast of Black Jesus, created by Aaron McGruder (The Boondocks) and Director, Mike Clattenburg, (Trailer Park Boys). In addition, Gibbs is a recurring character on ABC Family's, The Fosters and led the cast in the spin off Web series, Girls United.
An acting coach and teacher, Gibbs' client list is impressive. She is most proud of her work with Oscar winning director, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Gibbs coached for Mr. Inarritu on The Revenant and was given a Special Thanks for her support on his Birdman. Most recently Angela worked with first time actor Demetrius Shipp, Jr. on his role as Tupac Shakur in the new biopic, All Eyez on Me.
Angela directed the comedy short, Rise and Fall of John Tesoro" starring veteran actor Gerry Bednob, (40 Year Old Virgin) in Trinidad.
The LA Times, called her 2006 short film, Ties That Bind, "A powerful study of a mother and daughter." The film stars a stellar cast including Karen Malina White (The Shield) , Starletta Du Pois (Notebook) and Marla Gibbs (The Visit). The film received HBO's best short award at Martha's Vineyard, the prestigious Jury Award; for Best Short at the Pan African Film Festival and was featured on BET's Best Shorts series.
While attending the American Film Institute, Gibbs cast a second year film that won an Academy Award nomination, Last Breeze of Summer. She also received AFI's Mary Pickford scholarship for directing. In 1998, Gibbs traveled to Ghana and directed the documentary, Dare To Struggle, Dare To Win, in support of the Ghanaian Woman's Empowerment Movement. Again the film was short-listed for the Academy nod and was the opening night piece for the Pan African Film Festival.
On stage, Gibbs produced the play 227 with her mother, Marla Gibbs. The play won the attention of Norman Lear and was soon turned into the NBC hit series. That same year Angela Gibbs became the recipient of two NAACP Image Awards for her theater productions including the "The Meeting," with Dick Anthony Williams, Felton Perry and Taurean Blacque and Broadway play "Checkmates," starring Paul Winfield, Denzel Washington and Ruby Dee.
Gibbs was Senior Writer for Turner Broadcasting's Trumpet Awards for nine years, where honorees included Sidney Poitier, Maya Angelou, Diahann Carroll, Lena Horne, Muhammad Ali and Colin Powell. At the same time she produced shows for The Black Family Network. During her stint in Atlanta, Gibbs taught in the Drama Dept. at Spelman College. The program, headed by then Dept. Chair, Glenda Dickerson, taught students the impact drama can have as a teaching tool.
Gibbs is working on two feature films she will direct.
Name: Angela Elayne Gibbs