Yusef is an incredibly grateful Detroit native who has only just begun his work! He was raised in the world of movement in West African dance. Since movement could be considered his first language he still uses the lens of the body to mold his vision in creative expression. His creative work first took him to Santa Fe, New Mexico for is Bachelors of Fine Arts in Musical Theater. He then went on to Dallas to finish his Masters in Acting from Southern Methodist University. His adventures have brought home to the Central Coast of California. He is now a Resident Artist at Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts teaching voice and speech to second year students.
Some of his favorite work includes:
Belize in Angels in America, Gerante in Scapin (Jon Jory);
Orestes in Electra (Dallas Theater Center);
William Shakespeare in Shakespeare in love
Orgon in Tartuffee, Orestes in Iphigenia, Rosencrantz in Rosencrants and Guildstern are Dead, Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, Mr. Morse in Hot L Baltimore.
He teaches a local class in West African dance and soon to include all forms of dance: contemporary, Congolese, Senegalese, Gambian, Jazz and stretch. He is also an active member of the Statera Foundation Ambassador Team, educating and sharing the importance of gender parity in the theater. Along side his acting career he is building a company advocating for Body Awareness and Emotional Intelligence (B.A.E.I.), creating workshops and educational programming centered around expanding our capacity, responsibility and adaptability to emotions and physical bodies in the work and educational space.