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.

2020MaameYaa T. Boafo, 2005


Adrianne Wells Washington ’04
2018Shahrzad Ehdaivand Slater '03, M.D.
2017Zeppa Kreager ’12
2016Amber P. Miller ’06
2014Michelle Donati-Grayman '04 and Chanda Gilmore '04
2013Tiffany Taylor Newmuis '03
2012Jennifer A. Cinclair '02
2011Kelly M. Schulz '06
2010Heather Hamilton '95
2008Tina Wells '02
2007Carol Deck Montoya '94 
2006Rachel Paine Caufield '95
2005Dorothy-Ann Beatrice Lowe '98
2004Stacy Collins '89
2003Bernard Gerrard '91, M.S. '00
2002Marietta Geckos '84
2001Kerra Bolton Fisher '95
2000Not awarded in 2000
1999Kelly Huegel '96
1998Nancy Brady '83
1997Glynnis Edwards Cowdery '82
1996Jennifer Lee Matts '86
1995Carolyn Monto Barranca '82
1994Karen Shue '78
1993Joy Miller Beveridge '82
1992Kathleen Asser Weslock '77
1991Cherilyn Widell Kennedy '75
1990Carol King Heine '84
1989Leslie V. Miko '77
1988Winifred Renne King '79
1987Laura Ellen Tubbs '76
1986Elizabeth Anderson Comer '77
1985Mary Margaret Stevenson '73
1984Charlotte Miller Ponticelli '73 and Barbara Ann Lefchuk '73