MEET DEVYN: Actress.

Devyn Tyler was born and raised in New Orleans. She studied theater at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, and she graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in French and Francophone Studies. She is fluent in French and her research interests include cultural exchanges between Louisiana, West Africa, and France as well as Free People of Color in 19th century New Orleans. She is a YoungArts Gold Winner in Theater and a Presidential Scholar in the Arts (2009). Her past theater credits include Six Americans and Home, Again—both performed at the Kennedy Center. Her film credits include Margaret Northup in 12 Years A Slave, Seraphina in WGN America’s Underground, and Amelia Boyd in NCIS: New Orleans.

Meeting with Devyn was such a pleasure. For an actress to have been so accomplished at such a young age, she was refreshingly kind and considerate. We held casual conversations on her journey through acting, what it's like to live both in New Orleans and New York, and the importance of positive spaces for Black women. Take a look at our interview with her:

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Ari Melenciano