She acted in plays by Toni Morrison and Horton Foote and in productions by the Negro Ensemble Company, the Manhattan Theater Club, the Jean Cocteau Repertory Theater, Playwrights Horizon, and others.
In 1997, she received a Living Legend Award from the National Black Theater.
She graduated the Chicago Music Conservatory as a voice student and continued her voice studies briefly at the Yale University School of Music and at Julliard.
She received the Audelco Award for best supporting actress for her portrayal of the godmother in the play "A Lesson Before Dying", staged by the Signature Theater Company.
She was awarded the 1997 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Cameo Role for "The Young Man from Atlanta" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.