Jamaicans in Hollywood
Sardia, is an award-winning American/Jamaican writer, actress and producer. She is a leader in shifting the narrative for Jamaicans in Hollywood and working steadily to bring diverse, complex, genuine characters to television, film and the stage. At age 5 she was writing and performing in skits and plays for her friends. She got her first professional acting credit in the legendary, Jamaican kid's show Ring Ding with Miss Lou. As a young teenager, she immigrated to Chicago and proudly graduated from Columbia College, Chicago, with a BA in theatre. After gaining traction and recognition in the Chicago theatre and stand-up comedy scene, Sardia moved to Hollywood.
While writing and performing sketch comedy and directing well renowned theatre productions, she began to produce for television and film. Her web series and short films found distribution and success. She continued to develop her own on screen acting skills and build credits while finishing and eventually touring internationally with her critically acclaimed, autobiographical, one-woman show, From a Yardie to a Yankee. Through her writing and performances in her one woman show, Sardia brings to life the gripping, gut-wrenching, true story of her courageous journey from the murderous streets of Kingston, Jamaica, to the deadly consequences of Chicago's drug wars. It is a story filled with 15 different characters, all based on real people. Audiences and critics have raved about this one-woman theatrical experience in New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, London, the Bahamas and of course, Jamaica. Sardia deeply affects audiences. She won Innovative woman in theatre award at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Sardia worked with youth in the Chicago, and later Los Angeles, communities and received the Great Black Women Alumni Award for her contribution to young performers from the Mahogany Scholarship Heritage Foundation in Chicago.