Najarra Townsend Biography

Height: 5' 6" (1.68 m)
Wiki Biography: From as soon as she could walk and talk Najarra has been dancing, singing and performing. By age three she was doing runway modeling for designer clothing. By the age of four she was performing with Showstoppers Children's Theater, and performed with them in more than 25 productions for the public. At the age of seven she was in "Jane Eyre" the musical, with SBCC Theater Group, receiving 5 college credits for her participation. That same year she was in "Taming of the Shrew" with Santa Barbara Real Shakespeare Company, and also played the part of "Fan" in "Scrooge" for Seaside Theater, going on to perform it for 2 seasons. Her love for theater continued and by age ten she had been in 3 Gilbert & Sullivan productions, 4 Shakespeare, and many musical comedy and dramatic productions . . . .Alice in "Alice in Wonderland"; Susan Walker in "Here's Love" (musical version of Miracle on 34th Street), and many others. In her 10th and 11th years she was Rhoda Penmark in "Bad Seed"; Fern in "Charlotte's Web" and Baby June in "Gypsy" to name a few. At age ten she also started in films. Her first was as a lead in a suspense/horror film "Menace" (quite an experience), and she has gone on to do many films, from deep drama to light comedy. All through these years she has also kept very busy with several performance companies, with modeling, as well as theater and films. In 2004, at age fourteen, she studied with LA Talent Academy at the Musicians Institute, continued doing theater and films, performing with "LA Hip Kids" and working on an album with her group "Flavor" - she even squeezed in teaching dance and cheerleading classes. In March she appeared at the Laguna Playhouse, receiving rave reviews, in "Cut", a riveting emotional drama about some very real and serious psychological pressures & struggles facing many of today's teenagers. Najarra dyed her hair black for her character of a gothic self-injurer. She had a lively 3 month run at the world famous Brown Derby in Buddy Bregman's "Capone - The Musical", inspired by the BBC television production of Chicago in the roaring twenties. She appeared in Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2005 and was released in theaters in mid 2005. She started 2005 with the same momentum. By the end of May she completed 4 more films and spent a week in France at the Cannes Film Festival. Ongoing she is continuing to perform with LA Hip Kids and at the LA Talent Academy, she is also currently working on a solo album of original songs. IMDb Mini Biography By: Caroline Townsend Mini Biography Najarra Townsend by Darryl Morden - Dedicated to acting as a craft, driven by a passion for artistry, Najarra Townsend is on a career path that couldn't be further from Hollywood starlets that are the stuff of tawdry tabloids. Natural, gifted and most of all, very real, Najarra aspires to greatness on film, the stage or in the recording studio. This young woman from Southern California is making her mark with every challenge and will soon be seen in a number of fall releases, including a lead role in "Strange Angel," which will premiere at the Ojai Film Festival in October, 2007; she'll star in this fall's family drama "Dawning," and can be seen in "Have Love Will Travel" for which she contributed a song to the soundtrack. Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Najarra was a child model as a toddler, also performing on stage in local productions, and before her teens was earning acclaim for a sophistication beyond her years. At ten, she made her big screen debut in the suspense/horror film "Menace" followed by other movies, including the probing drama "Cut." In her early teens, Najarra appeared in various stage productions as well, from musicals to dramas while studying with the LA Talent Academy at the Musicians Institute, performing with "LA Hip Kids" production company and also pursuing her musical heart with her own group, Flavor. Najarra's performance in the Sundance and Cannes-winning "Me and You and Everyone We Know" in 2005 drew international notice. The LA Weekly named her role as one of the Top 10 Great Small Performances for "frankness, innocence, snarky humor, vulnerability and girl-power defiance" Najarra has also appeared in many notable short films, including "Secrets," which won best drama at the Hollywood Digital Film Festivaland Antonio Rivero's "Electronica," screened at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. Upcoming projects for Najarra include lead roles in "Tru Loved" as the title character, the mystical adventure "Dreams Awake," the stark social commentary of "Life Without a Modem", the ensemble piece "President's Hotel and the thriller "Darkness Visible" opposite Sean Young, while also looking ahead to 2008. Clearly, Najarra Townsend's star is on the rise as an actor's actor, with the will, perseverance and talent to take her to the top. Darryl Morden is a writer for the Hollywood Reporter and for Buzzine

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Filmography

Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Menace Katey 2001 Thriller
The Violent Kind Young Riley 2002 Drama, Adventure, Action
Don: Plain & Tall Andrea 2003 Comedy
Me and You and Everyone We Know Rebecca 2005 Comedy, Drama
Have Love, Will Travel Amy 2007 Drama
Tru Loved Tru 2008 0, 0
Boys Briefs 5 Megan 2008 Drama
Marin Blue Marin 2009 Drama, Music, Romance
Dawning Aurora 2009 Drama, Horror, Thriller
Cupid's Arrow Sam 2010 Comedy, Drama
@urFRENZ Madison 2010 Drama
We Are the Mods Jenel 2010 Drama
Dreams Awake Sofie Emrys 2011 Drama
Betty I Am Betty 2012 Comedy
Of Silence Aimee 2013 Drama, Horror
Contracted Samantha 2013 Drama, Horror, Thriller
Good Mourning, Lucille Lucille 2014 0
The Toy Soldiers Angel 2014
Last Supper Candy 2014 Comedy, Drama
Contracted: Phase II Samantha 2015 Drama, Horror, Thriller
Immoral Prodigy Yacy Colburn 2017 Drama, Mystery, Horror