From receiving her library card at age 3, to her 7th grade Creative Writing teacher recognizing her “good ear” for dialogue, Kaypri was destined to be a storyteller.
Kaypri grew up the child of unsung civil rights activists who met in the 1950s but didn’t marry until the 70s, due to the racial politics of the time. Her mother birthed her at 40 and exposed her to the arts at a young age which was easy to do living ten minutes from New York City. Kaypri knew she wanted to be a performer in elementary school after realizing that it wasn’t just a phase her mother supported her efforts.
While a Theater Arts major at Howard University, Kaypri realized that writing was something she could do too, she adopted the last name Actswrite.
After obtaining her BFA, Kaypri went on to work behind the scenes in media on both coasts and thrived teaching artists with “at-risk” populations in Brooklyn, NY, and Winston-Salem, NC. In the process, she developed her autobiographical solo play, Babygirl the coming of age sitcom/drama of a media-codependa-lova-holic, delightfully surprised to discover that her coming-of-age story resonated with her students. Babygirl depicts her story of how she escaped tuned into the 70s/80s media she grew up on to escape from her childhood pain and how she eventually learned the importance of “tuning into herself” as an adult. With the growth of social media and texting replacing actual conversations, Babygirl is even more timely. Babygirl had her Los Angeles debut in 2011 and was last seen onstage at the 2013 Hollywood Fringe Festival.
In 2014, Kaypri shared her mother’s autobiography which she finished, I Didn’t Know What I Didn’t Know, A Southern White Woman’s Story About Race www.dorothystory.com which she debuted at her mother’s 80th surprise birthday party. She followed up with the AARP award-winning caregiving PSA, The Baton, which featured both she and her mother in 2016.
Babygirl’s sequel, The Good Daughter and The Do Gooder about her caregiver journey with her Mom after her dementia diagnosis was a New Humanitas TV Writing finalist before it debuted on the Los Angeles stage in 2017 to sold-out houses of all ages who truly appreciated its message. The Good Daughter has been called a love letter to caregivers everywhere and was last seen onstage, during Mother’s Day Weekend 2018.
In August 2018, Kaypri’s work Everything was selected for Ten of Ten, a weekend of 10 minute plays presented by MK Productions in Los Angeles, the weekend before her mother passed away. The short film version is in pre-production.
In March 2019, she was one of fifty playwrights chosen by curator and award-winning playwright Dominique Morriseau to have her work presented in Letters to the Daughters of Tomorrow, a choreopoem performed by veteran performers on both coasts. Her piece Dear _______ , navigated her tug-o-war between wanting motherhood versus keeping her newly acquired freedom.
Kaypri went on to act in a few independent film projects in the Atlanta area, one of which Tre aired on AspireTV where she played Tre’s teacher.
In light of recent events that sparked on May 25, 2020, Kaypri is continuing her late mother’s work in racial justice: www.dorothystory.com/allylist She is also convening zooms for White Allies of Black Lives Matter to Eradicate Racism every other Sunday. (Information can be found on the link above.)
Current irons in fire: An untitled semi-autobiographical Hip Hop Rom Com and TV and book adaptions of her two solo plays. Also on deck are the self-help book, It Ain’t No Joke: A Caregiver’s Blueprint for the Hip Hop Generation & Beyond , a book of essays and a companion podcast.