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About Channon Dade
Born in Lubbock, Texas, Channon Dade was hit with the “acting bug” while screaming loudly into the microphone during her elementary school production. In the mist of seeing the entire audience cover their ears for dear life and realizing the microphone was there to help her be heard, Channon knew, right then and there, that the challenge of trying to perfect an imperfect craft was meant for her.
This revelation still blossomed throughout her middle and high school years in San Antonio, Texas, despite her acting taking a back seat to her academics. Channon involved herself in dramatic biblical interpretations at her church, participated (and won a few) local and regional oratorical competitions, won best performance awards in a couple of one-act original plays, and got her first High School role as Ruth in A Raisin in the Sun.
Although her theatrical career started at an early age, it was not until she attended Stanford University and was cast as Molly in August Wilson’s, Joe Turners Come and Gone under the direction of Harry J. Elam, Jr., that Channon realized, that Theater, was one of the most brilliant teachers in the realm of acting. While at Stanford, she took part in the Stanford Freshmen Orientation skits, Stanfunk (an annual African American production that displayed various talents within the community), the Stanford Federal Credit Union Commercial series, and diverse ethnic roles in the original plays Circle in the Dark and Dancing on the Brink which revolved around the rich history of East Palo Alto, CA. Also, as a member of
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Omicron Chi Chapter, she often took on the role of
hosting several of their sorority’s events.
Ms. Dade moved to Houston, Texas and debuted in the play The Old Settler by John Henry Redwood as Lou Bessie at the Ensemble Theater. Shortly after, she was cast as Wilma in the original play Giving Up the Ghost by Donyail Linsey at the Encore Theater. Her other stage credits included: Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery by Shay Youngblood (casted as Dee Dee, Maggie, and Ms. Rosa), For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange (casted as Lady in Brown & I’m a Poet), and the children’s musical, A Little Bit of Magic.
Soon after, Channon began focusing on her goal of working in front of the camera with the help of her fellow actor and director, Errol Anthony Wilkes. Her first project and Straight-to-Video film was Wounded Hearts (written by J.D. Hawkins, Hawk-In-Flight productions) in which she played the leading lady, Lisa Waller. Next was Barbershop Blues (written and produced by Stephen Allen and Sudan Films) as the leading lady Stacy Love playing opposite Charlie Robinson (Night Court) and Ralph Tresvant (lead singer of the group New Edition). Her independent film and film credits include: The Greater Ambition, What Friends are For, Thuglife, The Panther, Penny For Your Thoughts, and Napoleon’s Curse.
Channon returned to her roots in theater through her introduction to I’m Ready Productions as the leading lady role of Chastity Moore in the play entitled 3 Ways to Get A Husband starring Leon, Billy Dee Williams, Shirley Murdock and Lenny Williams. She also secured a role as The Demon of Death, starring opposite Robin Givens, Ruben Studdard, Mel Jackson, and Tony Grant in the original play Heaven I Need A Hug & Save Me from My Secrets by Kendrick Young.
Today Channon still works for the airlines (not as a flight attendant). She enjoys the perks of flying around the world, but more importantly, as she says, “I show & tell the pilot where to park his plane.” Channon keeps her acting instrument in tune via constant and continuous studying, classes, and auditions. Acting has kept her intrigued since elementary school, and will continue to because she is still trying to perfect the imperfect craft.


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