Danielle Deadwyler dreamed of being an actress, but in 2008 when she was a teaching assistant at a charter school, it seemed like an impossibility. Yes, the theater scene here was budding, but film and television opportunities were few and far between.
Still, she took a chance. She landed a role in a production of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf” at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theater Company. That was all the confirmation she needed to make acting her life’s work, even if the way forward was unclear.
Fast forward a decade, and Ms. Deadwyler is juggling roles and auditions for both stage and screen, while developing her passion projects. Like many of her fellow performers, she can thank the huge increase in movie and television filming in Georgia.