Magaly is a first-generation Haitian-American actress/playwright/ director/producer. She writes new works from a viewpoint heavily influenced by the stories her family members shared about the complexities and wonders of Haitian culture and history. She founded Conch Shell Productions to support/showcase new works by Caribbean-American artists who have an expanded view of reality and share her passion for innovative story telling.
A native New Yorker, she received a B.A. from Columbia University, an MBA from Binghamton University, and an MFA from Yale School of Drama.
CREDITS: Theater. Film. Television.
(OLD GLOBE, SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK, CROSSROADS THEATER, YALE REPERTORY THEATRE. STEPPENWOLF THEATRE. ALABAMA SHAKESPEARE THEATRE. LONG WHARF THEATRE, BILLIE HOLIDAY THEATRE. NEW PERSPECTIVES THEATRE. URBAN STAGES THEATRE. TRAPDOOR PRODUCTIONS. MPAACT THEATRE. CBS. NBC. ABC. HBO.)
(PRODUCER) AH-HA MOMENTS One-Act Play Festival. BN4REAL (WEBSERIES EXECUTIVE PRODUCER). YES MADAME. HER TORY.
(DIRECTOR) COUPLES WANTED. HER TORY. 'TIL MIDNIGHT (Episode of "BN4Real")
(WRITER) Awards: PRINCESS GRACE SEMI-FINALIST. O'NEILL NPC FINALIST. PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL SELECTED FILM. MARTHA VINEYARD FILM FESTIVAL SELECTED FILM. Completed works: BN4REAL. HER TORY. DESTINATION OOH, AAH, YUMMY. SILENT TRUTH. SAPPHIRE PARADISE. PLAN B. BUTTERSCOTCH AND FUDGE. THE HUNTING SEASON. IMAGINED LIFE.
(CO-FOUNDER) CAFE "KI GAN P'OUN GERI" Fundraiser. SFC WOMEN'S FILM FESTIVAL
Earl Gister Method/Uta Hagen Method/Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement/Michael Chekov influenced approach. Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner/Yale School of Drama MFA, Magaly teaches her students/clients pathways to self-awareness that both allows them to unleash vibrant, authentic, electrifying work, and provides them with strategies to return to their personal state of ease and centeredness.
While living in Los Angeles in 2005, Magaly approach a handful of smart, undeniable women and told them about her vision to produced a festival featuring four original one-act plays by female playwrights of various ethnicities and backgrounds. All of the pieces would explore the central theme of how women find and release their true voices. Allison Davis, Shana C. Waterman, Juliette Jeffers, and Adenrele Ojo were thrilled by the concept and agreed to join Magaly together this team of women co-produced "AH-HA MOMENTS!"
After months of planning, collaborating, pulling together resources together the Ah-Ha Moments' producers had built their team. Talented directors - Christopher Scott Cherot, Andi Chapman, Armando Molina, and Magaly); Playwrights (Veona Thomas "Couple Wanted," Juliette Jeffers/ M.B. Montague "Legacy of Love", S. Vasenti Saxena "In The Fun", a marketing director (Carla Jackson), a stellar cast (Donna DuPlantier, Tammi Cubllette, Cheryl Francis Harrington, Juliette Jeffers, Montae Russell, Tarina Pouncy, Adenrele Ojo, Maricela Ochoa, Rose Jenkins, Elissa Perry, Wiyatta Fahnbulleh, Patricia Belcher, and Elayn J. Taylor) and fun-filled fundraiser that was MC'd by poet/actor Omari Hardwick, and amazing volunteers (Sheryl Anderson, Amber Leone Murphy, and Lakesha Yvette Walker. The united efforts of a talented team of people led to a successful run of AH-HA Moments at The Complex in Los Angeles.
Actress Cheryl Francis Harrington won the NAACP Image Award for her performance in Magaly's play BUTTERSCOTCH AND FUDGE (under the direction of Chris Cherot.)
"I first met France-Luce Benson when I was cast to play a Haitian-American character in her play “Ascension” during Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Going to the River Festival. I was excited to finally work on a play written by a fellow Haitian-American. The piece gave the audience a look into my heritage that was as complicated, poignant and jarringly truthful as FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO CONSIDERED SUICIDE. When France-Luce first mentioned the concept of forming an association for professional Caribbean women in entertainment aimed at encouraging unity and support for each member’s goals, I was immediately ready to get on board."
CAFE's co-founders included France-Luce Benson, Nehanda Loiseaue and Magaly Colimon-Christopher. Soon after the founding of CAFE, a deadly earthquake hit Haiti. The members and co-founders of CAFE (Juliette Jeffers, Dominique Morriseau, Leticia Castillo, L. Thecla Farrell, Chantal Jean-Pierre, Abigail Ramsay, Ashley Robinson, Kathleen Gonzalez; and Honorary Members Misani and Renee Wingo) in collaboration with extraordinary playwriting, acting, directing , creatives, marketing, and stage managing team members( Michelé Voltaire Marcelin, Naveen Bahar Choudhury, Kia Corthron, Nambi Kelly, Melanie Nicholls-King, Meta Golding, Jerry Cliquot, Matt M. Morrow, Will Harper, Lydia Fort, Baraka DeSoliel, Rosita Timms, Chuck Patterson, Pat Golden, Michael Early, Holli Harms) presented a fundraising performance of monologues KI JAN P'OUN GERI ?(HOW DO WE HEAL?) at Abe Burrows Theater at NYU. The funds raised at the one-night event benefited the effort of PARTNERS IN HEALTH in Haiti.
"Co-founding CAFÉ was an act of love and a wonderful collaborative process. From writing the group’s mission statement to coming up with our name, France-Luce, Nehanda and I worked together as a cohesive, positive supportive unit. I can’t remember all the acronyms we came up with, but when I suggested CAFÉ (Caribbean Association for Females in Entertainment) their enthusiastic agreement was the final affirmation that confirmed we had formed a fierce Haitian sisterhood. I was thrilled to be sharing my journey with a these women and all the members of CAFÉ."
During her first year as an Adjunct Communication Arts professor at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York, Magaly approach her colleague, Dr. Augusta Palmer and pitched the concept of a film festival to empower the voices of student filmmakers. With the support of the head of the Communications Department (Dr. Lynne Jackson) and the Women's Studies Department (Dr. Wendy Galgan), and student volunteers (then student Stephen Reynolds designed the first logo) Magaly and Augusta showcased the work of St. Francis College students and a collection of work presented by Lili White and Lisa Russell. New York Women in Film & Television (NYWFT) Program Coordinator Duana C. Butler helped kick off the inaugural event with an inspiring speech.
Magaly and Augusta took the festival to a whole new level in the second year. Magaly suggested that they opened the submissions to student and emerging female filmmakers from around the world. They received 1128 submissions. A number of departments at the college rallied the festival and the turn out was spectacular. Debra Zimmerman ( Executive Director of Women Make Films), Ally Acker (filmmaker "Reel HerStory: The Real Story of Reel Women"), award winning filmmakers Stacey Holman, Isabel Sandoval, Lisa Russell served at panelist, and April Yvette Thompson (Simon Says Entertainment Director of Development) and Christina Raia (Crowdfunding specialist from Seed and Spark) lead workshops. Prizes were presented to winning filmmakers: Yiyun Ewing Luo "Summer With the Monkey King" Student Narrative Awardee; Yasmin Mistry "Feeling Wanted" Professional Documentary Awardee; Ronlee Nemeth "Seymour" Student Animation Awardee; Alisa K. Allen "Yo Soy" Saundra Thomas SFC Student Filmmaker Awardee; Morial Gallagher "The Modern American" Saundra Thomas SFC Student Filmmaker Awardee; Amanda Quaid "English" Professional Narrative Awardee; Malena Barrios "The Girl and The City" Student Documentary Awardee; Neely Goniodsky "Infinity Hotel" Professional Animation Awardee
"In 2003, I met writer/director/actor Jackie Alexander after seeing his film "Joy" at a film festival. For some reason, after I spoke with him, his "just do it" message inspired me to start directing/writing/ acting in my own films. My first film "Yes, Madame" was screened at Martha's Vineyard Film Festival, Pan African Film Festival, and BERHC. "
"Her Tory" is Magaly's latest project. This piece takes an intimate look at the tragic effects of the rampant "castration" of women of Color in America due to unnecessary hysterectomies and ovariectomies that lead to early onset of menopause.
BN4Real Web series:
Magaly collaborated with producers Calvin Christopher, Martin Majeske, Phynuar and Tobias Truvillion in the production of her original web series - BN4Real. This ensemble comedic series explored the joys and personal challenges of the multi-racial/multi-cultural New York City-based Mayer family. Starring Hope Clark, Charles E. Gerber as the parents of their adult clan of children - Magaly Colimon, Maria Guzman, Ericka Kreutz, Ghylian Bell, and Adam Thompson.
Episode "Til Midnight"
Do-directed with Jeremiah Kipp
Featuring Ghylian Bell, Ryan Spahn, Edward O'Blenis and Aixa Kendrick.
In addition to performing on local and regional theatre stages and short films, Magaly has performed on a number of television shows: Sex in the City, ER, Guiding Light, Law & Order CI, Law & Order SVU, General Hospital, LAX, Blue Bloods, and a number of national commercials.
(Excerpts of Magaly's performances as CSU Tech Kallman on Law and Order Criminal Intent)
Excerpt from Blue Bloods "Shadow of Doubt"