Starletta Dupois

Artistic Advisor

Starletta DuPois is known for her memorable work in films such as the cult classic "Friday After Next," with Ice Cube and Mike Epps, as well as "First Sunday" and Martin Lawrence's blockbuster, "Big Momma's House." Iconic producer Oliver Stone tapped her for his gritty urban drama, "South Central," and she's co-starred with many other notables including, Angela Bassett and the late Whitney Houston in "Waiting to Exhale," with Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfieffer in "Wolf," Denzel Washington in "Ricochet," and with Gena Rowlands and James Garner in the box office smash "The Notebook," directed by Nick Cassavetes (John Q). She is also is known for her work in the critically acclaimed film "The Least Among You" with Louis Gossett, Jr. Television audiences are well acquainted with DuPois from her many appearances in a growing list of series and Movie-of-the-Week guest appearances-including a recurring role on the runaway hit "Lost" with Harold Perrineau, "Cold Case" with Thom Barry, and "K-Ville" with Anthony Anderson.

Her theatrical roots run deep with dozens of performances including the St. Louis Black Repertory Company productions of "Intimate Apparel," "Before It Hits Home," August Wilson's "King Hedley II"-all of which garnered prize nominations, as well as the coveted Woodie King, Jr. Award for her work as Best Actress in a Drama during the 2005-2006 season. Other notable highlights of her remarkable theatre career include "The Mighty Gents" for which she earned a Tony Award nomination and the Mark Taper Forum production of "Miss Evers Boys" (NAACP Image Award nomination). She also has the distinction of being the very rare performer to have portrayed all three female roles in Lorraine Hansberry's master work, "A Raisin in the Sun." In addition to playing opposite Danny Glover in the landmark PBS production (earning the NAACP Image Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama), she recently received much acclaim for her show-stopping turn as Lena Younger in the Royal Exchange Theatre revival production held in Manchester, England. That performance earned her the Manchester Evening News Theater Award for Best Actress Award. Recently, she was awarded both the Eternity Award by the Los Angeles Women's Theater Festival and the Living Legend Award from the National Black Theatre Festival. During off-season she can be found on tour with her highly successful one-woman show, "Order My Steps."

She is a Graduate of Maryland State College, which is now known as The University of Maryland-Eastern Shore located in Princess Anne, Maryland.