“Don’t Give UP!

Train..., train..., and train some more so that you get bet­ter. Don’t just set­tle!”

DREAM TEEN Magazine - - Behind The Scenes - By Tar­ran Carter DREAM TEEN Mag­a­zine Photography Rickey Allen Hair Linda Lar­rier Make-up Deb­ora DeeDee

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

Eden Dun­can-Smith

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