Nkechi (enKAYchee) is a multidisciplinary artist (actor, performance artist, singer-songwriter and painter) and philanthropist committed to sharing her gift as a storyteller with others for the betterment of our beautiful world.
Nkechi passionately writes, produces and performs solo performance works (Licensed to Drive While Bl***, Licensed to Drive While Black, Licensed to Drive While Black (Revisited), Politics: The Language of Color & All Her Children) utilizing all of her performing and storytelling artforms (song, stage, script, screen) to sold out audiences.
In addition to being an active performing performance artist, she also enjoys being a host, curating and producing hybrid/IRLive event experiences. As Nkechi Live! Presents it is her joy to help others conceive and believe they can achieve bringing beautiful event experiences to life, especially for philanthropic purposes.
Nkechi entered the entertainment industry as a teenage model, then after some acting training began booking national commercials one after another. Despite being a gifted artist she received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University before understanding her artistry could also be a career. While at Stanford others could see the artist within (even betting she'd change her major, she didn't) On her Friends encouragements and her natural hudspa, she auditioned and performed in a few theater productions. Then on a dare she auditioned for and was chosen to sing lead for a successful college band alongside world class musicians. After working as an engineer for a leading semiconductor chip manufacturer in Silicon Valley by day and exploring creative options by night, in a moment of clarity she felt inspired by God to fully pursue life as a budding multidisciplinary artist. After studying the Meisner Technique to further develop her craft as an actor roles in film and theater continue to be added to her growing resume. She has continued to up the ante of learning through American Conservatory Theatre and pursuing an MFA in Theatre-Performance Making from CIIS / Chichester.
As a fine painter Nkechi has been blessed to be able put her artwork in the hands of prestigious collectors and galleries. As singer/songwriter Nkechi's rich vocal textures and gift for improvisation make her performances a one-of-a-kind experience. Her songs explore a range of music territory, from acoustic soul to folk rock and pop in a signature inspirational and lyrical sound. Nkechi delivers conscious messages through verse, rhyme, and melody and gives God all the glory for her talent. Nkechi's EP Soul Rock Butterfly is available on the Music page.
Some feature film credits include About Cherry (Stephen Elliott), 99% (Celik Kayalar) and Jujuluv (Lisbon Okafor). See Film page for complete list. Nkechi's on-camera representation is Stars, the Agency in SF / LA and Avalon Artists Group in LA / NY / Chicago
Recently as of 2022 Nkechi Live! & Friends have launched TEAMM.Fund and $NKECHI digital currency on the phi network block chain as they envision a decentralized autonous ecnomy where resources of education and entertainment flow freely around the globe.
Feature film credits include a supporting role alongside Heather Graham, Dev Patel and James Franco in About Cherry (Stephen Elliott). A supporting role in 99% with Carl Lumbly (Celik Kayalar) and a lead role in Jujuluv (Lisbon Okafor). See Film page for complete list. Nkechi's on-camera representation is Stars, the Agency www.starsagency.com in San Francisco and Avalon Artists Group www.avalonartists.com in Los Angeles.
Theatre credits include Nkechi's solo work, Licensed to Drive While Black at Z Space, Licensed to Drive While Black (Revisited) with San Francisco International Arts Festival and Politics: The Language of Color & All Her Children at Young Performers Theatre, all three shows written & performed by NKECHI. Young Jean Lee's CHURCH and The Shipment with Crowded Fire Theatre, Amy Herzog's Belleville with Custom Made Theater,Michelle Carter's Rose in America with Alter Theatre, Tanya Barfield's The Call with Theatre Rhinoceros and Scurmbly Koldewyn's Untamed Stage with Thrillpeddlers. Additional credits include Suessical, the Musical (Kimberly Dooley), In Our Own Words (Jackie Bendzinski),The BFG (Jon Tracy), Abigail, the Rock Opera (Michael Xavier), Trucker Rhapsody (Katherine Murphy), Vagina Monologues (Tracy Ward), Farewell to a Cannibal Rage (Sandra L. Richards) as well as improvisational theater and sketch comedy with the Oui Be Negroes Ensemble (Shaun Landry and Hans Summers). Complete list is on Theater Credits page. Nkechi completed the Summer Training Congress - Classical Intensive (Shakespeare) at American Theater Conservatory and has been a passionate theatre artist ever since.
As a singer-songwriter Nkechi's voice and music explore a range of music territory, from acoustic soul to folk rock and pop in a signature inspirational and lyrical sound. Nkechi's rich vocal textures and knack for improvisation make her live performances a dynamic one-of-a-kind experience. She writes conscious messages delivered through verse, rhyme, and melody. Nkechi's EP Soul Rock Butterfly is available on the Music page.
Nkechi believes God designed her to utilize an integration of her left and right brains which requires a daily practice of staying out of her own way and not taking herself too seriously. Nkechi's passion is exploring Christ's love, the source of her joy, gratitude and talent, through the creative and entertainment arts. The website for Nkechi's creative happenings is www.nkechi.com