by Deena Campbell | Photography by Ashley Sky Walker | Styling by Shandi Alexander
Most girls turn 25 on a dance ﬂoor with a glass of champagne. Actress Condola Rashad celebrated her milestone on-stage, portraying a sassy maid in Stick Fly, her Broadway debut that has garnered Tony Award buzz. “I want to be a part of something that’s bigger than myself,” says Rashad, who also performed in Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer prize–winning Ruined in 2009. “It’s my responsibility as an artist.”
Diva DNA: The limelight isn’t new for the Mount Vernon, N.Y., native. Her parents are Cosby Show alum and Tony winner Phylicia Rashad and football-player-turned-sportscaster Ahmad Rashad.
Afro-American Idol: As a child, Condola (with African origins, it means “Mighty”) idolized actress Audra McDonald, and by the age of 17 she earned her stripes in Tambourines to Glory, a play helmed by Kenny Leon, who also happens to be her Stick Fly director.
Parental Advisory: At 7 years old, Condola was inspired by her mother’s performance in Blues for an Alabama Sky at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. “I liked what I saw, but felt I could do it diﬀerently,” says Condola, who landed her ﬁrst acting gig in 2004 in Pearl, an adaptation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Her mother now instructs her to “watch her volume” while onstage, and to “make sure it’s always up.”
Above photo: Jumpsuit by Yigal Azrouël; belt by B-LowThe Belt; earrings by Erickson Beamon; heels by Christian Louboutin.