Outstanding Recent Alumni Award
The 2020 Outstanding Recent Alumna award was presented to MaameYaa T. Boafo, 2005.
MaameYaa has been nominated by Dr. Lisa Algazi Marcus, as well as her classmate Rachel Collmus Ellick ’05 for her accomplishments in the field of acting. She is currently a co-star on the NBC series Bluff City Law, but her theater career started long ago. At Hood, MaameYaa double-majored in French and Broadcast Journalism, and was then awarded the Levin Scholarship from Rutgers University where she received her MFA in Acting from the Mason Gross School of the Arts.
MaameYaa was born in Pakistan and hails from Ghana, West Africa and currently lives in New York. Her acting roles have included Ophelia in Hamlet, the Courtesan in Comedy of Errors, and she made her off-Broadway debut as Walter Mosley's leading lady in his play LIFT. A Drama Desk award winner, MaameYaa was also nominated for a Lortel Award, Outer Critic's Circle for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play,and a Drama League's Distinguished Performance award for her role as Paulina Sarpong in the critically acclaimed School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play.
In addition to her acting career, MaameYaa has used her skill as a multi-linguist to assist in tutoring both at Rutgers, where she worked as a teaching assistant, and with private industries. She also served as an admissions representative for the New York Film Academy. As a teaching artist with the George Street Playhouse, MaameYaa toured over 50 K-12 schools in New York and New Jersey performing plays that dealt with cyber-bullying and conflict resolution.
MaameYaa remains dedicated to furthering theater productions and acting roles that promote inclusion for African-American women, as well as other minority actors.
|2020||MaameYaa T. Boafo, 2005|
|Adrianne Wells Washington ’04|
|2018||Shahrzad Ehdaivand Slater '03, M.D.|
|2017||Zeppa Kreager ’12|
|2016||Amber P. Miller ’06|
|2014||Michelle Donati-Grayman '04 and Chanda Gilmore '04|
|2013||Tiffany Taylor Newmuis '03|
|2012||Jennifer A. Cinclair '02|
|2011||Kelly M. Schulz '06|
|2010||Heather Hamilton '95|
|2008||Tina Wells '02|
|2007||Carol Deck Montoya '94|
|2006||Rachel Paine Caufield '95|
|2005||Dorothy-Ann Beatrice Lowe '98|
|2004||Stacy Collins '89|
|2003||Bernard Gerrard '91, M.S. '00|
|2002||Marietta Geckos '84|
|2001||Kerra Bolton Fisher '95|
|2000||Not awarded in 2000|
|1999||Kelly Huegel '96|
|1998||Nancy Brady '83|
|1997||Glynnis Edwards Cowdery '82|
|1996||Jennifer Lee Matts '86|
|1995||Carolyn Monto Barranca '82|
|1994||Karen Shue '78|
|1993||Joy Miller Beveridge '82|
|1992||Kathleen Asser Weslock '77|
|1991||Cherilyn Widell Kennedy '75|
|1990||Carol King Heine '84|
|1989||Leslie V. Miko '77|
|1988||Winifred Renne King '79|
|1987||Laura Ellen Tubbs '76|
|1986||Elizabeth Anderson Comer '77|
|1985||Mary Margaret Stevenson '73|
|1984||Charlotte Miller Ponticelli '73 and Barbara Ann Lefchuk '73|