Cherita Armstrong is an American actress who has played a variety of diverse characters throughout her acting career. Such as her role on the hit television series 9-1-1. Her other television credits include; Pretty Little Liars(recurring), Law & Order: SVU, and Law & Order; Trial by Jury.
Cherita is most known for her commitment to bringing historical figures to life through her work in theatre. She is currently the star of the nationally touring production, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, where she plays Harriet Jacobs, a slave who spends 7 years hiding out as a fugitive in an attic. This poignant play is based on a true story and has garnered much acclaim. She also played Alice Dunbar, wife of poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, in Oak & Ivy; Lou Bess in The Old Settler and Ruby in August Wilson’s Seven Guitars.
Her film credits include Nowhere to Go But Up directed by Amos Kollek and Better Dayz by director Norman C. Linton. She has also done extensive commercial work. An accomplished singer Cherita has also performed in such musicals as Beehive, Tambourines to Glory and cabaret shows as Tambourines To Glory, Cotton Club Review, The Best of the Genius of Ray.
Cherita was exposed to the arts, especially acting and singing, at a young age. As a girl living in the Bronx, her mom and aunt would take her and her cousins to perform at nursing homes and community centers. She also worked with a children's repertory theatre.
“I’ve always been drawn to creating characters and bringing stories to life,” she says. “I’m really drawn to the underdog and to analyzing why people do what they do. I want to play characters who truly reveal themselves and tell the stories that rarely get told.”
Cherita was mentored by the renowned Director and Acting Teacher Wynn Handman, Co-Founder of The American Palace Theatre. He is credited with having a huge impact and influence on her as an artist. She has also trained with Stan Kirsch Studios, Lynette Sheldon Actor’s Studio, and The Barrow Group School. She currently holds a B.A. in Dramatic Arts Cum Laude from Utica College of Syracuse University.
Cherita has performed with several theatre companies including the Manhattan Class Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, New York International Fringe Festival, Yale Repertory Theatre, St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre, NY Stage and Film and the Apollo Theatre.
She is also an author of an activity book titled “Out of the Box Fun: 25 Creative Activities to Help You Connect with Your Young People,” based on her experience as an actor and former teaching artist in the New York public school system.