Cydia is a Chicago born Producer, Director, Actress, and Visual Artist. She has been developing her visual and performing artistic skill set ever since she was a child. With dance and music training, her first role was with a PBS Kids traveling tour. Throughout high school, she performed with her high school theatre group, and was inspired to deeply study the production side of storytelling, by focusing on writing, film, photography, and graphic design, after noticing an absence of Black representation in theatre and film.
By 2014, she was a freelance graphic designer and photographer working with professional equipment and editing platforms. In college, she served as a graphic designer for various campus organizations and created flyers for brands such as March Madness, The Washington Wizards, Black and Sexy TV, and Kweli TV. Her most treasured experience is having designed the type and back cover for Amazon Best Seller, Godless Circumcisions.
In 2018, she received her Bachelor's degree in Film and Psychology from Howard University, where she completed the year-long production of her documentary short film, “Oreo,” an official selection at the Movies in the Parks: Chicago Onscreen Film Showcase (2016). Used as a platform to discuss self concept in young Black children, it set the stage for the emphasis of psychological concepts and naturalism in her storytelling.
After receiving her degree, she furthered her education at Yale University Conservatory for Actors, where she immersed herself in acting and voice technique, improvisation, movement, and dramaturgy. After she returned back to Chicago, she founded FlowerStudio Productions and began producing and directing Cindi and The City (web series) and creative producing The Other Side With Kristina Spicer (entertainment news).
In January 2019, she was accepted into the Sundance Institute Director’s Collab program, where through the mentorship of Peter Sollett, she learned key components of naturalistic film directing. That same year, she performed in a number of roles inclusive of a lead role in 'The Interrogation of Sandra Bland', presented at The Goodman Theatre, Madame Stanley in Eclectic Full Contact Theatre's adaptation of Richard III, and many other dynamic characters.
As the executive artist of FlowerStudio, she currently is spearheading the development of a short film and continues to work toward her goal of producing, directing, and acting on stage and screen.
To stay creative during her covid-19 quarantine, she has also started a youtube channel where she posts monologues, acting covers, and her own short form film content with FlowerStudio!