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Soara-Joye Ross and The Broadway Buddy Program

Soara-Joye Ross and The Broadway Buddy Program

Soara-Joye Ross mentored Jaci Ann Colman as part of The Broadway Buddy Program. This is the performance of “I Still Believe” from Miss Saigon. Terri Gorgone, music supervisor and accompanist.

Vanguard Theater Company’s Broadway Buddy Program is an outreach program designed to offer emerging musical theater artists (ages 12 – 20) a unique opportunity for one-on-one mentorship with some of Broadway’s most accomplished and rising performers. The program gives youth and young adults the opportunity to develop supportive relationships with Broadway professionals who serve as advocates and artistic coaches, culminating in a one night only, star studded cabaret!

This pic was taken just before we went on… we were completely in sync, fully connected with ourselves, our characters, each other and of course, God Almighty. We breathed it all in silently for a couple of minutes… and then we prayed. I loved every single moment with this special young lady. The duet was beautiful, emotion filled, soulful and incredibly powerful! I am so proud of you, “Bunni”! Soo much more to come, my darling! 🤗 #MentorMentee #BroadwayBuddy #JaciAnnColeman #SoaraJoyeRoss #BroadwayBaby #ArtistLife #BlackGirlMagic #Grateful #DreamVTC #NYC #BroadwayBuddyMentorshipCabaret #BroadwayBuddyVTC

Our friend Soara-Joye Ross is a Broadway Mentor and turned me onto this program. ) Ms. Ross recently set NY aflame with her performance in John Doyle’s reimagined, Carmen Jones that garnered her a Lucille Lortel Award, Drama Desk & Audelco Award Nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress! Broadway: Les Misérables, Dance of the Vampires. National Tour: The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess. Off-Broaway: The First Noel (The Apollo), Disenchanted (The Westside), Dessa Rose (Lincoln Center), Single Black Female (Playwrights Horizons, Colman Domingo), Jerry Springer the Opera (Carnegie Hall). Favorite Role: Anything Goes as Reno Sweeney (Arena Stage, Molly Smith, dir.)Film: Garden State. TV: “Crashing” (HBO). Training: AMDA. Every performance is in Loving Memory of my chosen mom, Rita.

Jaci Ann Colman is Ms. Ross’s mentee. Hailing from Newark, New Jersey, she is very excited to be a part of Broadway Buddy. She was recently featured in Vanguard’s production of Children’s Letters to God. Recent credits include Hairspray (Lil Inez) at UCPAC, Annie (Annie) at NJPAC, Into the Woods (Witch) at Summerstock VTC, and Surely Goodness and Mercy at NJPAC. Jaci Ann is also an All Star Cheerleader with the Candy Elite All-Stars of Newark, New Jersey, and the Central High School Cheerleading Squad. Jaci dedicates her performance to her mom, Sharonda A. Scroggins and grandfather Ronald Snead Sr.


Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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