Institute Speaker/Panelist Bio

Benita Krista Nall

Benita Krista Nall found her calling for the arts early in life. Her passion for the performing arts began with the Palo Alto Children’s Community Theater and high school productions.

Her love for the arts was put on hold while she attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she earned a B.B.A. in Marketing. After graduating, she remained in the D.C. area and studied acting. Eventually, she moved to New York to continue her studies at H.B. Studios and began auditioning. After a year, she decided to move to Los Angeles seeking more opportunities.

She acquired an agent and began working immediately. She has been fortunate to work with Steven Spielberg twice in Minority Report and Catch Me if You Can. Her other credits include a recurring role on the critically acclaimed NBC series American Dreams, Criminal Minds, Franklin & Bash, Hart of Dixie, Seventh Heaven, Las Vegas, Without a Trace, The Practice as well as over fifty national commercials. She recently just wrapped the indie film Paper Friends by Dique Pic Productions.

After numerous auditions and reading many mediocre scripts, she recognized the necessity for solid roles for African Americans. As a result, she began writing and producing her own projects. She produced and starred in the award winning web series The PuNanny Diaries as Cozy, who takes control of her sex life by becoming celibate. She recently completed production of the web series, The Do’s and Don’ts of a Divorcée, for which she was the writer, producer, and star. The show comedically explores life after divorce when a woman is unexpectedly dumped by her husband and how she struggles to keep her life and sanity together, while figuring out what to do and not do as divorcée.

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