Roz White starred in and received stellar reviews for her self-penned cabaret Pearl Bailey... by Request. As a recording artist, Roz has recorded and toured with many artists including gospel music legend Yolanda Adams and has also worked as a featured vocalist with Stevie Wonder and the late Michael Jackson. In theatre, she has become widely recognized for her versatility, boasting a resume that includes leading roles in a variety of productions throughout the US and abroad. Her newest venture is a music movement called "Griot Soul" which merges her storytelling gift with the warmth and earthiness of her vocal styling. Her film credits include Black and Blue, and How The Day Begins.
Roz White joined Alliance for New Music-Theatre to take on the leading role of Hecuba in the cross-cultural project working with Afghan and American artists in Women of Troy: Voices from Afghanistan. Roz also starred in the company’s production of Black Pearl Sings! in Spring of 2019 which was Helen Hayes Recommended by Theatre Washington. As part of this project Roz led the company in a reading of the play at the Library of Congress. Roz was also a guiding force in our workshops and conversation with Duke Ellington School of the Arts, where she is on the faculty of the Theatre and Music Departments.
Roz has performed at several other area theatres including Studio Theatre, Mosaic, and (most regularly featured) in MetroStage shows, including a former production of Black Pearl Sings! Many times over the years at MetroStage and elsewhere, she has collaborated successfully with writer-director Thomas W. Jones II, including his “Lady” in Ladies Swing The Blues, Three Sistahs, and perhaps most especially in Bessie’s Blues, which garnered her the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical.
Her self- penned cabaret Pearl Bailey…by Request also made its World Premiere at Metrostage, in Alexandria VA in 2008 and made its debut Off-Broadway in 2011.
Other Theatrical credits include international, national and regional companies of Dreamgirls, Blues In The Night, Eubie, Rejoice, Don’t Stop The Carnival, Guys and Dolls, and Mahalia,
Roz White is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and D.I.V.A. Incorporated, The Society for Women in the Arts.