“Don’t Give UP!
Train..., train..., and train some more so that you get better. Don’t just settle!”
At 15 years old, Eden Dunca Duncan-Smith is already a “Power Girl.” She has made her mark on Broadway. Her momentum and talent h has inevitably paved the way for her to star opposite stage with thespians like Viola Davis and Denzel Was Washington in 2010’s Tony Award winning play, Fences.Fences In 2014 she landed her first big fifilm film role as a ragam ragamuffin—foster kid, Isabella in the movie, Annie.
Eden divulged to DREAM T TEEN magazine some of her amazing events. Prior to 9 years old, she wanted to play with glitter-- she says, “This was before I understood the magnitude of an a actor.” Being from Brooklyn, she has set up a standard of excellence using the arts, activism and academics tha that would follow the humble Duncan-Smith for the rest ofo her life. She attended IS 23,23 theth MarkM kT Twaini Sh Schooll of the Gifted and Talented, located in Coney Island, Brooklyn and is currently an honor student at the Professional Performing Arts School, a Dance major at Ailey School in midtown Manhattan. She has studied at the Dance Theatre of Harlem, the American Ballet Theatre and Pure Elements: Evolution in Dance.
Eden shared that in 2010, after the Broadway play Fences, she played Nala in Disney’s Lion King. In 2013, she was a featured actor in the Off-Broadway production, Wood Bones, written by Native American playwright William S. Yellow Robe, Jr. She received great acclaim for her soul stirring performance as a young bi-racial girl coping with being molested by her stepfather and seeking solace and deliverance from this horrific experience.
In 2014, Eden participated with three major readings that identified her range of acting talent as a theatrical actor. She portrayed young C. Denise McNair, in Project Voices, and 4 Little Girls. She also played young Harriet Tubman in the New York Musical Theatre Festival’s musical about her life. She performed with legendary Broadway stars Lillias White (Dream Girls, Fela), Alan Green (Sister Act) and Darius Kaleb (Raisin In The Sun, Motown). The third reading was The Business, written and directed by former child star, Todd Graff. Budding star Duncan-Smith was nominated for Young Artist Awards for both shows winning Best Live Theatre Actress for Fences; she won the Delta Sigma Theatre Emerging
Artist and the AUDELCO Rising Star Award. In 2011, she was honored by BET and Black Girl’s Rock as a M.A.D Girl (A girl making a difference) for her work with her non-profit, Angel In The S.K.Y.E Network. Last year, Eden was honored by the Brooklyn Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. with their annual KUUMBA award for outstanding contribution to the arts and activism in the community.
What is the energetic actor, dancer, activist and writer up to now? Eden revealed that she is working on two projects; Alma from Meadowland —portraying a student who is a self-mutilator. Her other role is Yvette from Steps playing a track student that has caught the eye of Omar (played by Darius Kaleb).
Duncan-Smith is a celebrity blogger and is working on her motivational book for teens entitled, iBeam: Spotlight, Limelight, God’s Light Remaining Grounded by Godly Principles While Chasing Your Dreams of Stardom. She’s not just talented either. With her interest in mathematics, science technology and the arts, she is destined for college. She wants to work with the Cosmos and find a way to make math better and easy for kids.
Eden closed our interview with this suggestion: Don’t give up! Train..., train..., and train some more so that you get better. Don’t just settle! DT