“Sometimes just being yourself is the radical act. When you occupy space in systems that weren’t built for you, your authenticity becomes your activism.”
– Elaine Welteroth, More Than Enough
I was born in Montserrat, a British Overseas Territory in the West Indies where, as a little girl, I had a passion for modeling and dancing.
On July 18, 1995, my hometown became a ‘Buried City’ after a series of volcanoes erupted from ‘Madame Soufriere.’ The volcano, dormant for 400 years, spewed 20 feet of ash over the southern coast. Although I had already moved to America by then it was still hard to imagine that I could never go back. Plymouth, the place where I was born, was forever destroyed.
Growing up in the Bronx, NY, this young island girl quickly found a place in competitive dancing and storytelling. I began treading the boards in elementary school, joined performance and marching band in high school, then went on to earn a spot in the New York All-City High School Marching Band where I got to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.
Dionne Audain’s work spans all mediums. She is an actress, model, storyteller, writer, voiceover artist and activist based in Los Angeles.
Born on the island of Montserrat in the West Indies her parentage includes a rich heritage of African, Arawak Indian and Irish origins. She is a dual citizen of the United States and the United Kingdom.
From her childhood years in the islands, Dionne has danced, performed and modeled since the age of two. She has worked extensively on stage at renowned theatres all over the country and has also performed and taught internationally. Most notably in Washington, DC at the Folger and toured with the Kennedy Center and Off-Broadway in NYC where the NYTimes proclaimed her work as having a “nice, natural air”.
On screen she’s appeared alongside stellar casts in award winning and Sundance acclaimed projects such as I Love Dick and Toe To Toe also in episodes of S.W.A.T., Snowfall, How to Get Away With Murder, Orange is The New Black, Outsiders, The Wire, Boardwalk Empire, House of Cards and All My Children. Some of her film work includes Manifest West, Lemon, Salt and Cannes Cinefondation favourite, indie short – I Am My Own Mother, as well as various national commercials. Dionne Audain is on the rise and definitely one to watch.