Carmencita Askew Poe is the founder of the online group, Color Me Theatre, which promotes and discusses African American Theatre across the country. She moderates it while actively pursuing her career as an arts producer, writer, stage director, and actor. Her mother, a retired education administrator, taught Carmencita the value of education and the importance of “daring to be different,” and she has followed that philosophy throughout her life while seeking the power of individualism and expression in the fun, but complicated, world of the arts.
Carmencita became a licensed cosmetologist in 1994 while enrolled at the University of Georgia (UGA). The Atlanta native served as a hairstylist, makeup artist, and wig stylist for many events, companies, and theatrical institutions, including the Alliance Theatre Company. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in drama and theatre from UGA, Carmencita became an instructor of theatre and creative dramatics for afterschool and summer programs.
In an effort to become an arts producer, Carmencita decided to pursue a Master of Business Administration degree while studying the ins and outs of arts administration. During this time, she interned at the DeKalb Council for the Arts, Inc. and was quickly promoted to executive assistant. She served on the board of the Arts Development Council of Georgia for two years and has been a member of such professional groups as Americans for the Arts, the Emerging Arts Leaders of Atlanta, the Atlanta Coalition of Performing Arts, the Theatre Communications Group, and the National Association of Black Journalists. She was also grant panelist reviewer for the Fulton County Arts Council.
While pregnant with her daughter, January Jazmynn, Carmencita signed with Houghton Talent as a voiceover artist. That voice could be heard on the theme-based talk radio show, The Takeover Countdown, that she co-hosted as “Tha Diva” with her husband, actor Arvell “Mastrmynd” Poe. Carmencita, who also served as the show’s producer, took pleasure in entertaining and educating a diverse audience of listeners.
University of Georgia