Oshalla Diana Marcus is founding Member and Director of MC Arts and Culture LLC. A membership network of African-American artists, educators, and entrepreneurs committed to fulfilling the vision of collective power through the arts, small business and global education.
An actress by trade, Oshalla Dee began theatrical studies in her teens, training at American Conservatory Theaters' (ACT) Black Actors Workshop-part of the Summer Training Congress- and performed as a young actress with director, Ron Stacker-Thompson at the groundbreaking Oakland Ensemble Theater.
These and other early experiences of study created a solid foundation and a profound respect for the institution of theater and its cohorts: Literature, history, and ultimately, dance--her passion and spiritual expression.
She assists her partner, Jean-Pierre Sighe, in teaching the Pre-Tango: Connection Workshop and the Magdalena Technique: Tango for the People.
Producing Community Theater has given her opportunities to work with diverse populations, including an invitation to choreograph for American teens and their international peers on a tour to the former Soviet Union for Peace Child the Musical-1990. She has written, and directed several children's plays as well as poetry-performed as Spoken Word:
Certified as a Yoga Instructor & Therapist in Bangalore, India by Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (S-VYASA) and a Certified ITT Pilates Mat Instructor, she incorporates wellness tools to reduce stress and promote positive health. Her experience with natural hair inspired the company, Oshalla Naturals, and creation of the earth based, Roots-Hair Growth Stimulator.
A member of the Screen Actors Guild and the Actors Equity Association, she is commercially represented by STARS Talent Agency-San Francisco, and a graduate of the California Institute for Integral Studies, (CIIS)
Oshalla is the adopted mother of two--now grown--men, a beloved auntie and a mentor. The following is a sampling of individuals who have influenced Oshalla's life and work: Katherine Dunham, Octavia Butler, Kwame Nkrumah, Fredrick Marcus (Father) Cheikh Anta Diop, Josephine Baker, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Zora Neal Hurston, Jane Fonda, Nina Simone, Oscar Micheaux, Maya Angelou. Gloria Mae Janas (Mother) Viola Janas (G.Mama)