SHARISA WHATLEY (Risa), loves St. Louis and is excited to return to The Black Rep She has appeared in A Raisin in the Sun, Romeo and Juliet, and SARAFINA at The Black Rep. Her regional theater credits include In the Red and Brown Water at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta. She is an alumna of the Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble of Atlanta. Whatley’s experience includes work with Made in da Shade in Amsterdam and the Windy Brow Arts Festival in South Africa . She dedicates her performances to those who have been instrumental in her character development both on and offstage.