Matelyn Alicia is an Akron, Ohio native. In 2007, she appeared in her first theatrical production as 1920’s blues singer Bessie Smith, in Mabel Robinson’s “MAHALIA: Queen of Gospel” on the main stage of the National Black Theater Festival. She would appear with NC Black Repertory Company in multiple National Black Theater Festival mainstage productions, including Regina Taylor’s “CROWNS” and Mabel Robinson’s “Glory of Gospel”, in addition to several seasonal productions of Langston Hughes’ “Black Nativity”.
She made her first appearance with WBTT in 2015 in the world premiere of Nate Jacobs’ “Jazz Hot Mamas”. After multiple international tours of Germany, Switzerland, France, and England with NY based DP Joubert, LLC and releasing her first solo music project, “God’s Butterfly LIVE!”, she is beyond excited to return to WBTT in “Grace The Spirit of Aretha”.