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China L. Colston is a Chicago native, living in New York.  She received her core theatre training at Chicago's longstanding Eta Creative Arts Foundation, under the expert instruction of her late teacher, Okoro Harold Johnson.   She has been acting for over 15 years and it has added a great deal of joy to her life.  It is also fair to say that she is impassioned about penning screenplays and directing films.  Most important, her written feature film DARK SEED has been celebrated with the following:

  • S.I.T.A-Our Choice Best Feature film winner

  • Validate Yourself Film Festival-Best Feature film winner

  • Validate Yourself Film Festival-Best Actress in a Leading Role winner

  • Validate Yourself Film Festival-Best Director nomination

  • African American Arts Alliance of Chicago-Best Feature Film Black Excellence nomination

  • S.I.T.A.-Best Lead Actress nomination for DARK SEED

  • S.I.T.A.-Best Short film nomination for her film SWEET THANG

  • S.I.T.A.-Best Acting Reel winner


She is equally delighted that DARK SEED is now streaming on PeacockTV and Amazon Prime through her distribution deal with Maverick Entertainment Group.  As of late, she wrote a feature length screenplay entitled, TO COOK OR NOT TO COOK which led to her being gifted with a $5,000 City Arts Corps grant from the New York Foundation of the Arts in 2021. She is very grateful to GOD for such a blessing. Furthermore, she is seeking sponsorships, grants and donations to cover the cast and crew  budget of the same film for which she plans to shoot during the spring and summer of 2023.  You can donate to her gofundme campaign listed below or via her cashapp at $ChinaLColston or Zelle. 

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