Tenisi Davis



Tenisi Davis is an activist, cultural ambassador, creative, and versatile actor who has performed in theater, film, national commercials, and network television projects. Most recently he has made television guest appearances in CBS’s “FBI,” NBC’s “Manifest,” “Blue Bloods” on CBS, and NBC’s “The Blacklist.” On stage he has performed at the Shubert Theater and Collective Consciousness Theater in New Haven, Connecticut; the National Black Theater and Studio 54 in New York, Capital Classics in Hartford, the Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport, and most recently the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport Connecticut. Mr. Davis has received many accolades for his portrayal of Frederick Douglass in the one man show Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, including the Barry M. Gordy Artistic Award from the Greater Bridgeport NAACP, a proclamation from the mayor and governor of the state, along with the Key to the City of Bridgeport.

A native of Bridgeport, Tenisi received his formal training in the theater arts program at Housatonic Community College; along with the Performing Arts Center of Connecticut; the Alvin Ailey Foundation; and Music and Arts Center for Humanity, where he accepted the Coming Up Taller Award for excellence in the Arts from the President and First Lady.

Tenisi first started dancing and drumming at the age of 7 with the Ralphola Taylor Center’s African Dance Ensemble and Hip-Hop Troupe. Tenisi has danced with the MACH Dance 2 program, opened for the Ailey 2 dance company, the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company, the Arts and Ideas Festival in New Haven, and the Sankofa Kuumba Dance Ensemble in Hartford. He has studied African drum and dance with Masters Baba Tunisi "Jack" Davis, Jami Ayinde, Kemoko Sano, Abdoulaye Sylla, and Lansana Toure. Tenisi has also performed with Tunisi's Compound, Fotoba, and shared the stage with Ballet Merveilles de Guinee.

Mr. Davis continues to fulfill his passion of acting while giving back to his community through ReBirth Arts Collective, an arts and production company that he co-founded. Tenisi is a proud member of both the Actors Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA!

" I have been a performer my whole life. I have also been an activist for my community. By creating ReBirth with my partners I have found a way to mesh the two. The arts have truly saved my life and created another avenue for me to exercise my energy, I just want to be able to perform and put on shows that will inspire someone else and possibly change or save their lives as well."