Tenisi Davis

Credits: Steve McNair

Born in Bridgeport Connecticut, Tenisi is an actor, director, dancer, spoken word artist and creative. This multi-talented individual started acting in plays and reciting poetry at the age of 7. He received his formal training from the Performing Art Center of Connecticut, Alvin Ailey Foundation, Professor Geoffrey Sheehan at Housatonic Community College and the Music and Art Center for Humanity; there he excepted the Cultural Arts Award from the President of the United States. Tenisi has performed in many films and plays including: Shakespeares', Henry the Fourth, A Time to Kill, Oshun at the National Black Theater in Harlem, and Big River at the Westchester Broadway Theater.

He first started dancing and drumming at the age of 7 with the Ralphola Taylor African dance Ensemble and Hip-Hop Troupe. Tenisi has danced with the MACH Dance 2 program, opened for the Ailey 2 dance company, the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company, the Arts and Ideas Festival in New Haven, and the Sankofa Kuumba Dance ensemble In Hartford. He has studied African drum and dance with Masters: Baba Tunisi "Jack" Davis, Jami Ayinde, Kemoko Sano, Abdoulaye Sylla, and Lansana Toure. Tenisi has also performed with Tunisi's Compound, Fotoba, and shared the stage with Ballet Merveilles de Guinee.

" I have been a performer my whole life. I have also been an activist for my community. The arts have truly saved my life and created another avenue for me to exercise my energy, I just want to be able to perform and put on shows that will inspire someone else and possibly change or save their lives as well."