AYANA WORKMAN will next be seen in RUSTIN opposite Colman Domingo, playing the role of activist Eleanor Holmes, who is now a delegate from the District of Columbia to the US House of Representatives. The film is directed by George C. Wolfe and produced by the Obama's Higher Ground Productions.
Notable television credits include Marvel’s JESSICA JONES and PERSON OF INTEREST.
Ayana first gig was an impromptu performance with tap genius Savion Glover. She was three years old.
Savion asked the audience if anyone wanted to come up on stage and dance with him. Ayana’s hand shot straight up like a rocket. Always prepared, she had her tap shoes with her.
Of course, it didn’t hurt that her parents were legendary jazz bassist Reggie Workman -- a veteran of the John Coltrane Quartet -- and Maya Milenovic Workman, an internationally renowned dancer and choreographer.
At age 9, she decided she was going to be an actor. A New York City native, her first professional performance in her early 20s was playing Juliet in the Public Theatre Mobile Unit’s production of Romeo and Juliet. More jobs followed like Hamlet, Macbeth, The Winter’s Tale, and Julius Caesar. On top of that, she’s performed on international stages including the National Theatre in Slovenia and London’s legendary Globe Theatre.