Artist Bios

Ayanna Bria Bakari

Ayanna Bria Bakari

(Bio as of July 2022)

Ayanna Bria Bakari (Evren Andraste) returns to the Goodman, where she appeared in How to Catch Creation and RelentlessRelentless is her return to TimeLine, previously having been seen in Too Heavy for Your Pocket. She graduated with a BFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University. Select theater credits include The Rainmaker (Peninsula Players); As You Like It (Chicago Shakespeare); The Originalist (Indiana Repertory Theatre); Suddenly Last Summer (Raven); Stickfly and The Niceties (Black Theater Alliance Award, Writers). Television and film credits include Wu-Tang: An American Saga (Hulu); The Chi (Showtime); Chicago PDChicago FireEmpire (FOX) and Holiday Heist (BET). Ayanna Bria is proud to be a governing ensemble member of The Story Theatre and is represented by Stewart Talent.