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Eboni Fondren: Bio

The Singer

At the tender age of 3, Eboni discovered her voice while singing along with her father in his basement studio of their Chicago brownstone apartment. Over the years her talents developed and were showcased in several community talent shows and school programs. By the time she was 9 or 10, she knew that singing was something that would be apart of who she was for the rest of her life.

Throughout middle school and high school, she continued to hone her talents in choir, applied music and voice lessons. It was within her parents extensive collection of "Dusties" she found her love for old school soul, classic R&B and Contemporary Jazz. 

In College, her love affair with jazz music began , and upon graduation she embarked on a journey to make a name for herself in the Kansas City jazz scene. After a brief stint in the late night jazz jam rotations, she was led to the Internationally acclaimed Hammond B-3 organ player  and band leader Mr. Everette DeVan. Under his tutelage she learned the Do's and Dont's of working with the jazz band ensemble. With year's of one-on-one lessons in front of the organ, and live experience in front of an audience, Everette shaped her in to one of the premiere jazz vocalists in Kansas City. 

Since graduating from the "Everette School of Music", she has become a band leader in her own right.  Her collaborations with some of Kansas City's top musicians can be heard swinging all over the local jazz scene. She has had the opportunity to represent Kansas City around the country and the world. 

 The Actress

As a young girl growing up with a vivid imagination, a flair for all things dramamtic and a voice that could carry across an entire auditorium, its no wonder that her first acting role was as 'Humpty Dumpy' in her 5th grade produciton of "Alice Through the Lookling Glass". But it was seeing A Chorus Line the movie that actually bit her with the musical theatre bug. She immediately asked her parents to enroll her in dance class, where she took tap, jazz, ballet and acrobatics. If there was an opportunity to be on stage or in front of the camera, Eboni was there. 

In middle school and high school Fondren was active in speech and forensics where she won awards in dramatic and comedic interpretations. She was also active in drama and theatre and performed in productions of "Oklahoma" and "Lil Abner".

Attending Ottawa University on a basketball scholarship, Fondren found herself in the perfect environment to study theatre all while perusing a degree in Business. Under the direction of the late Larry Peters, she studied acting, directing, stage combat, set design and stage makeup and performed in the schools productions of "Godspell", "Little Shop of Horrors" and "Racing Demon". Upon graduation, she moved to Kansas City with great experience under her belt, but with no knowledge of how to pursue acting in the "Big City"; she chose to dive into her other passion , Jazz music performance.  

In 2009, Eboni learned that a local community theatre was planning a production of the Broadway smash "RENT". After studying for a year for the audition, she happily landed the role of 'Joanne'. Fast forward 3 years and while singing at the world famous Blue Room at The American Jazz Museum, she was 'discovered' by a rep from the Kansas City Repertory Theatre. She got asked to come in and audition for "Little Shop of Horrors"..and the rest is...as we say...History. During "Little Shop" she was cast in "Hairspray" at The New Dinner Theatre and "A Christmas Carol" at KC Rep. The following year she landed a lead in the Coterie Theatre's "Bud Not Buddy" and a coveted spot in Spinning Tree Theatre's production of "Ain't Mis Behavin".  

The beginning of 2015 brought about the opportunity to fulfill a bucket list role as "Madame Thenardier" in Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's production of "Les Miserables" in Rock Island, IL. Under then Direction of Jerry Jay Cranford she was pushed out of her comfort zone and was able to live out a dream roll. She is currently in a featured role as Medda Larkin in the KC premier of Newsies at The White Theatre at The Jewish Community Center also directed by Jerry Jay Cranford.