Mikala Gibson

Mikala Gibson

Actress :: Writer :: Performance Coach

Bio

Mikala Gibson was born in Lawrence, Kansas but raised in Texas.

While visiting her grandparents’ home, she came across her late aunt’s theatre textbooks, plays, theatre journals and portfolio. That summer, Mikala was bit by the infectious acting bug!

After discovering her raw talent, Mikala’s father encouraged her exploration of theatre by often escorting her to local plays and introducing her to the local directors as “the next big star”. Taking the advice of these directors, Mikala enrolled in acting classes and eventually received a theatre scholarship to the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX.

While at UIW, Mikala earned an ATAC Globe nomination for her performance as Maria in Twelfth Night and went on to win the ATAC Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Globe award for her performance in Picnic. She was also honored with the “Most Creative Writer” award for her collection of poems and short stories.

Mikala graduated from college and went on to work in professional theatres and started her television and film career. She received the Best Actress award at the 24fps film festival two consecutive years for her performances in the films Shoppin’ and Hope’s War. She later was honored with the opportunity to travel to the Cannes International Film Festival where Hope’s War screened.

Presently Mikala is working on her one woman show, I Surrender. She is excited about her most recent project, Wolf, which is currently traveling the film festival circuit.

Stay tuned…

Resume

Film
Wolf
Lead
Dir. Ya’Ke (Exodus Filmworks)

The Ticket
Supporting
Dir. Jenn Garrison (Small Pond Pictures)

10 Seconds
Lead
Dir. Autumn Leonard (Independent)

Blackout
Featured
Dir. June Hak-Lee (Independent)

Gretchen
Featured
Dir. Steve Collins(Independent)

Hope’s War
Supporting
Dir. Ya’Ke (Exodus Filmworks)

Shoppin’
Lead
Dir. Ya’Ke (Exodus Filmworks)

Wounded Hearts
Supporting
Dir. J.D. Hawkins (Maverick)

Commercial
List available upon request.

Television
Rookies
Rookie Cop
PBS

Theatre

Leading and supporting roles in over 30 productions

Flyn’ West
Fannie Dove
African American Repertory

Gem of the Ocean
Black Mary
Jubilee Theatre

The Funnyhouse of the Negro
Queen Victoria
ProArts-Austin

Sundown Names and Night-Gone Things
Ruby Meeks
The Ensemble Theatre

The Piano Lesson
Grace
The Ensemble Theatre

Alicia in Wonder Tierra
Multiple Characters
Stages Repertory Theatre

Mandy Kate Brown
Mandy Kate
Stages Repertory Theatre

Harriet Tubman
Multiple Characters
InterActive Theatre

Picnic
Rosemary
Cheever Theatre

All My Sons
Lydia
Cheever Theatre

Top Girls
Multiple Characters
Coates Theatre

Twelfth Night
Maria
Coates Theatre

Training
The University of Incarnate Word-B.A. Theatre
American Black Film Festival’s Actor’s Boot Camp-Bill Duke
Special Skills
  • Improvisation
  • Spoken Word
  • Modern Dance
  • Hip Hop Dance
  • Mime
  • Tennis
  • Special Honors and Awards
    2010 BEST FEMALE ACTOR, Honorable Mention – The Fort Worth Weekly: Gem of the Ocean
    2005 Most Outstanding Actress – WestFest Film Festival: Hope’s War
    2004 Most Outstanding Actress –WestFest Film Festival : Shoppin’
    2004 Giorgee Award – Best Supporting Actress in a Drama: The Piano Lesson
    2000 ATAC Globe Award Winner – Best Supporting Actress in a Drama: Picnic

    Portfolio

    Reviews

    Dignity is the hallmark of Mikala Gibson’s Mary. She’d be perfect for important roles in many recent dramas…

    Lawson Taitte
    The Dallas Morning News

    Mikala Gibson is brashly comic…

    Michael Kuchwara
    Associated Press

    Mikala Gibson brought an edgy, forward-focus modernity to a cultural milieu…

    Alexandra Bonifield
    The Dallas Examiner

    …played with frightening and totally convincing intensity by Mikala Gibson.

    Barry Pineo
    The Austin Chronicle

    Mikala Gibson reveals more layers than the other characters…

    Jimy Fwoler
    The Fort Worth Weekly

    Mikala Gibson is a vivacious Ruby…

    Everett Evans
    Houston Chronicle

    Blog

    Visit our archive

    The WOLFPACK had a great time in New York at the Urbanworld Film Festival! WOLF won Honorable Mention for Best Narrative Feature. Thanks to everyone in New York who came out to support and to the Urbanworld staff. You all are the BEST! Next up is the Oakland Underground Film Festival on September 27th.  WOLF […]

    It has been a few months since I’ve blogged. I have not been home for over a week since May! Between teaching at theater camps throughout Texas, participating in wedding festivities and promoting WOLF, I’ve been busy. It has been an amazing ride so far.  We’ve won four awards and more importantly we’ve ignited conversations […]

    The last time I blogged, I was on my way to San Antonio for Luminaria. Well Luminaria ended up being postponed due to bad weather. It has been rescheduled for May 5th so if you’re in San Antonio come check it out. Ya’ke and I collaborated on one of the pieces that will be featured. […]

    Well, I leave for Luminaria and SXSW tomorrow. I’m so excited!!! I’m excited about seeing my friends in San Antonio. I’m excited about seeing my friends in Austin. I’m excited about seeing my Wolf family. I’m just excited!!! I already have press interviews scheduled so make sure to check back or visit me on my […]

    I just arrived home from an amazing shoot. Remember when I told you about Luminaria? Well, our little project is coming along quite nicely. What’s that? You want to hear more? COME TO LUMINARIA!!!  Luminaria is March 10th in San Antonio, TX. You don’t want to miss San Antonio’s best artists. On another note…my new […]

    I’m proud to be collaborating with my husband (outstanding filmmaker, Ya’ke Smith) again. This project will be a little different. I don’t want to reveal too much and we are still working on it so stay tuned. The project will be featured at this year’s Luminaria Arts Festival in San Antonio, TX. San Antonio has […]

    Contact

    Mikala Gibson is represented by:

    Linda McAlister Talent

    P: (972) 938-2433
    E: linda@lmtalent.com
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