Official Biography (courtesy of Althea Cunningham)
Althea Cunningham, is an interarts practitioner and graduated with distinction from Grant MacEwan University Theatre Arts. As an established actor she's appeared on television, film and stages across Canada. Television and film companies I've worked with are Coast Mountain Productions, Farewell Productions and Tooth Fairy Productions. Theatre companies include; Citadel Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Western Canada Theatre, National Ice Theatre of Canada, Francis Winspear Centre, Fringe Theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Leave It To Jane, and the Plain Jane Theatre. Theatre recognition comes by way of Theatre Alberta Professional Development scholarship, Edmonton Arts Community Investment grant, Edmonton Arts Council travel grant, Edmonton Arts Council Cultural diversity grant and a nomination for best independent play at The Elizabeth Sterling Awards.
On The Verge, her debut soul music EP was independently written and released in 2010. As an award winning songwriter she's had featured artist spots and international airplay ; on Black Soul Rhythms Radio, CJSR Radio, CKUA Radio, Time Trippin Radio, National Campus Radio, Bowl Of Soul Radio and Soultracks. Noteable festivals and showcases are CBC The Key Of A, Sasquatch Festival, Alberta Singer Songwriter Showcase, Beat Niq Jazz & Social Club, Yardbird Suite, Heartsoul Tour and opening for Nuela Charles and Rae Spoon. Her short plays have been produced at festivals in Chicago, Winnipeg and Edmonton.
In 2018, Althea was accepted into the RBC Emerging Writers Program through Alberta Playwrights Network. Her plays have been read at Script Salon, DapoPo Live in Theatre Festival and Alberta Playwrights Network. Current stage plays in development are; Sweet An Nice, The System, Sunkiss To Death, The Snotty Vegan and a collaborative TYA play Girl That Talks To Her Stomach. Commissioned plays include 2 Metres. In the future her short play Sunkiss will be developed into a film. Althea, has been an arts educator with over 13 years of experience. She worked with Nappy Roots Consolidated and The Arts Connection as a vocal arts coach.
As a literary instructor she's worked with The University of Alberta, Workshop West Theatre, Hip Hop In The Park and The Writers Guild of Alberta. Producing credits include On The Verge EP and Sunkiss To Death the play.