Raven Cassell is a New York City based actor, writer, producer and teaching artist holding a BFA in Dramatic Arts with concentration in Acting and Writing from The New School for Drama. She is a co-founder of the creative event production company, Sum Village. Raven has been seen in her self-written and produced science-fiction play, GIRL BLUE (BLUE), Stephen Brown-Fried’s Orestes by Euripides (Helen of Troy), Lamin Leroy Gibba’s By The Way, Meet Vera Stark by Lynn Nottage (Anna-Mae/Afua) and a play which she co-wrote that appeared at New York International Fringe Festival, Dust to Dust: An Inherently Dark Comedy (Sun). Raven performed in a workshop devised production of Stevie Walker-Webb's The Journey Between by Korde Arrington Tuttle at Jag Festival in White River Junction, Vermont. In spring of 2019, she was in the world premier of Phillip Howze’s Self Portraits directed by Stevie Walker-Webb. She stood as a playwright in residence at the School of Making Thinking: Performance Playwriting program developing the full-length Jazzical, For The Love of Jazz: Playing the Blues and the following year stood as a co-facilitator and co-designer of The Body of Water: Experimenting With Form in Playwriting. Her short story A Lovely Sunday will be featured in the debut issue of SYLA Journal. As a teaching artist, she was in residence at Dramatic Need in Rammulotsi, South Africa fall of 2018.
“The theater has been a vehicle of transformation, the grounds where I could confront, explore and transgress my intersectional identities.” – Raven Cassell