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Tenisi Davis



Born in Bridgeport Connecticut, Tenisi is an actor, director, dancer, writer, activist, and teacher. This multi-talented individual started acting in plays and reciting poetry at the age of 7. He received his formal training from the Performing Art Center of Connecticut, Alvin Ailey Foundation, Housatonic Community College under Professor Geoffrey Sheehan, and the Music and Art Center for Humanity where he accepted the Coming up Taller: Cultural Arts Award for excellence in the arts from Debbie Allen and President & First lady G.W Bush. Tenisi has performed on major television networks, commercials, films, and plays including: CBS’s Blue Bloods, NBC’s The Blacklist, Marvel’s Daredevil, (Stage) Pass Over, Detroit 67', Oshun at the National Black Theater in Harlem, and Big River at the Westchester Broadway Theater. Most recently he was honored by The NAACP and Black Caucus, with the Barry M. Gordy Artistic Award, for his work on the acclaimed one man play 'Frederick Douglass: An American Slave’ at the Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport. Tenisi has not only received recognition from Congress, Senate, and the Governor of Connecticut; But also received a Proclamation and The Key to the City of Bridgeport for his outstanding community work and exceptional performance in theatre, film, and television.

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, performed with 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.

" 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."

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