Chanda Branch (Theatre Director) is a career educator with more than a decade of experience in the classroom having taught English, Dance, and Drama in Tennessee, Florida, and North Carolina. She is a graduate of Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Speech Communications and Theatre with Education Certification. As a lifelong theatre performer, she has numerous credits including leading roles in Smokey Joe's Cafe (Brenda), Chicago (Velma Kelly), Ragtime (Sarah), Zuccotti Park-The Regional Premier (Kate), Pooled-The World Premier (Thias), Crowns (Velma), Ain't Misbehavin' (Charlaine), and Big Fish (The Witch). Additionally, she has appeared in supporting roles in Hairspray (Lorraine), 9 to 5 (Kathy), Black Nativity (Soloist), Porgy & Bess (Strawberry Woman), Gypsy (Ensemble), and A Motown Christmas (Diana Ross/Soloist) to name a few.
Mrs. Branch is the Chair of the City of Raleigh Arts Commission has previously served as the chair of the Grants Committee tasked with the allocation of more than $6 million of municipal arts funding during her tenure. She is the immediate past Mrs. Black North Carolina (2017) and in both capacities, she advocates for young people from every walk of life to have access and exposure to high-quality arts training and programming. She enjoys speaking and performing for groups, large and small, at conferences and events on the subject of access and equity in the arts.
She remains grateful to her parents, who invested in her talent and nourished her interests, her family, who provided rides, snacks, and much-needed encouragement, and her theatre tribe of fellow performers and artists, who SHOW UP EVERY TIME, for their continued support! She is especially grateful to her husband, Corey (#Kitesandstrings) and especially excited about their first child, Carleigh, who was born in late September, just after wrapping her inaugural production at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School, "Almost, Maine".