President/ Co-WiFT International Rep/Co- U.S. Rep
Shameka Gray was born in New Orleans, La. She is a trained actress, having studied theater at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La and later finished her studies in acting and producing at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Ca. While in San Francisco she performed onstage in The Black Nativity at the Lorraine Hansberry Theater. She is known for her role inThe Giant’s Fairy which has won Best Picture at the 48hr Film Festival and screened at the Southern Screen Film Festival. She was also a part of the films Stay Woke; Iris; Liar, Liar Pants On Fire and Sugar, Alienated, Murderous Affairs (TV Series), Ink Red Dead Redemption II (Video Game) and Silence is Compliance.
Bianca Siplin is an actress, writer and kids acting coach who aspires to provide more local opportunities for women and children in Film and Television. She has been performing over 15 years and teaching acting for stage and film for 12 years. Bianca is a proud alumnae of both Miami University and Dillard University. Her most recent television credit is “On Becoming a God in Central Florida,” which will debut on Showtime. Bianca is currently writing new projects for tv and film in hopes of bringing new fresh talent to the screen. “I am excited to be a part of WIFT in this new position. I have seen great talent all around me with lack of opportunities and funding to support local filmmakers. My goal is to bridge that gap, so the artists within all of us can be free to create without the worry of funding.”
Vice President/Co-WiFT International Rep/Co-WiFT U.S. Rep/Membership Chair
Amy Le, a Louisiana native, has been an Southeast Regional Film and TV actress for the last 8 years. She is also an aspiring writer striving to create Vietnamese-American stories and content. She believes in the power of the human spirit and with positivity, persistent, and perseverance is up for creating amazing new realities in real life and on the screen. Amy has earned acting roles in the hit T.V. series Queen Sugar, American Horror Story, Star Crossed, The Originals, and NCIS: New Orleans.
Amy is looking forward to giving and receiving love and creativity to all those in our community looking to create.
Keota D. Picou
Secretary/Education Chair/ Webmaster/Newsletter
Keota D. Picou is an award winning actress, dancer, poet, singer, and pianist. She has worked in film since July 2010. Keota has earned a leading role in the short film Ripe Figs and Dr. Chevalier's Lie, an adaptation of Kate Chopin's work. October of 2017, Ripe Figs, made it's world premiere at the New Orleans Film Festival and earlier this year at the Greater New Orleans Film Fete. Dr. Chevalier's Lie premiered at the Vero Beach Wine + Film Festival this June 2018. Film Girl Film Festival screened both Ripe Figs and Dr. Chevalier's Lie this year. Keota earned a supporting role in the webseries NOPD: Coven "Getting In", which premiered at the Dances With Films Festival. All three short films have been screening consistently at many film festivals across the US. She has made her U.K. debut at the Women Over 50 Film Festival for her lead role in Ripe Figs. She has also made an appearance on WWLTV News. Keota has won "The Award of Merit" from the Southern Shorts Awards for her "Achievement in Acting" in a drama. She is a children's rights supporter and volunteered for the United Cerebral Palsy of Greater New Orleans.
Ashley James is a native of New Orleans, La. She followed the legacy of her mother and aunt by attending St. Mary's Academy Catholic high school. Once graduating from high school, Ashley earned her Associate's in Performance and Media Arts from Delgado Community College; Bachelor's in Film Arts from the University of New Orleans, and Master's of Science Degree in Business Entertainment from FullSail University. Ashley is currently a banker with Capitol One and spends her free time reading, watching movies, and completing her first novel. She truly enjoys meeting new people and exploring their personality. She believes everyone has a beautiful and positive heart.
Simone Brown is a Brazilian Production Coordinator/APOC/Production Office
manager living in New Orleans, Louisiana. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in
Communication - Film, and TV at FAAP University in 1991 and her Master’s
Degree in Marketing at Sao Judas University - Unimonte in 2008 in Brazil. She has natural leadership and management skills, which make her an experienced and creative Production Coordinator who enjoys taking on new challenges.
For the past 28 years, she has done productions in Brazil that include
documentaries, short movies, feature films, commercials, TV Series, game shows,
talk shows, live shows, lifestyle shows, and video clips. In Brazil, she worked at various TV Broadcasts like Rede Record, Rede Bandeirantes, TV Cultura, Rede TV. She worked at Productions Film Houses like Fly Productions, Framewave Productions, Lightstar Studios, and O2 Filmes. She had the pleasure to work at 02 Filmes with the Oscar-nominated director Fernando Meirelles.
Besides working as a Production Coordinator in Films and TV, she worked for 12
years as a University Professor at Sao Judas University teaching Production to the
Major Film and TV Audiovisual.
Visit Simone's Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/simone-brown-08090846
Lizeth Hutchings was born in Mexico and grew up in South Carolina. She moved to New Orleans in 2014 and fell in love with the culture and diversity that it offered. She became interested in the film industry and has been known for her work as Casting Associate on Brand Is Crisis as well as a Casting Assistant for various commercials. Lizeth is also an Actress and has earned a role in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back; Awakening and a lead role in a national commercial for Turbo Tax.
Sarah Fisher is an Actress, Stunt Performer, Production Manager, and COVID Officer.
In her words:
"I am always wanting to learn new things that deal with the Film and TV world. From behind the scenes to in front of the camera, I want to know how each piece fits into the puzzle to make and develop a finished product. I dive in all aspects of this world. Talent, Stunts, Production, and COVID Officer. I’ve created events for major corporations and have worked in the convention life and theme park life for years. I want to immerse myself more into this film world and gain more experience."
Visit Sarah's Website: http://www.ididathingwhoami.com/
New Orleans native Stylist B. is a talented, diverse and experienced writer/actress. She has contributed her talents within commercials, feature films, short films, web series and theatre. As a result, she has had the honor to work alongside the likes of Scott Bakula, Charles Michael Davis, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Klein, Nolan Gerard Funk, and Lance E. Nichols just to name a few. When Stylist isn’t being contracted as a writer on various projects or authoring her own literary works, she’s booking television shows like NCIS: New Orleans, Louisiana Lottery commercials and several National Lampoon movies. An advocate for the arts and diversity in kids’ literature, Stylist hopes to continue to elevate her writing/acting career to larger audiences, bigger screens and major networks.
Visit Stylist's website: www.StylistB.com
Angel Omoike is an artist and school teacher who serves New Orleans well. She is in her first term in office for WiFT-Louisiana as our Volunteer Chair. She has assisted our chapter in producing our events and programs. She continues to work hard, dedicated to Women in Film & Television-Louisiana.
Baton Rouge Chair
Portia Washington is currently serving her first term in office for WiFT-Louisiana as our Baton Rouge Chair. She has shown our chapter the utmost dedication and has produced quality events and programs for our Baton Rouge members.