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Imani Russell

Based in New York City

They/Them • Member Since 2020

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My Story

Hello! My name is Imani Russell and I am a Black+Boricua queer+trans actor, singer, and writer born and based in Brooklyn, NY (Lenapehoking). I have a BA in Drama from Vassar College and an MA in Musical Theatre from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and I have experience in film, theatre, and voice acting. As a musician, I release music (what I like to call "sad gay guitar music") under the name NANí and have composed for voice, guitar, cello, trumpet, and flute. I believe in Black queer+trans power, Indigenous sovereignty, and art as an act of love.

Sexual Orientation
iSexual orientation describes a person's enduring physical, romantic, and/or emotional attraction to another person.


Gender Identity
iOne’s internal, deeply held sense of gender. Some people identify completely with the gender they were assigned at birth (usually male or female), while others may identify with only a part of that gender, or not at all. Some people identify with another gender entirely. Unlike gender expression, gender identity is not visible to others.


iRacial identity is the qualitative meaning one ascribes to one’s racial group, whereas ethnic identity is a concept that refers to one’s sense of self as a member of an ethnic group. At their core, both constructs reflect an individual’s sense of self as a member of a group; however, racial identity integrates the impact of race and related factors, while ethnic identity is focused on ethnic and cultural factors. We celebrate our Keys’ intersectionality and understand that creating one’s racial/ethnic identity is a fluid and nonlinear process that varies for every person. Many folks will identify with more than one background while others will identify with a single group more broadly.

Black, Latinx


Actor, Singer, Playwright

Vocal Range

Classical Soprano, mezzo belt

Dance Experience

Hip-hop, contemporary, jazz

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