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Lisa Michelle Cornelius is an actor, singer and producer based in Toronto.  She co-starred in the digital comedy series Band Ladies (Highball TV), for which she was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award in 2021.  She also appeared in Star Trek: Short Treks (CBS) as Lt. Sarah alongside H. Jon Benjamin & Rosa Salazar. Fun fact for the Trekkie’s out there: Lisa Michelle’s character was the first Black “Trill” (a particular humanoid species) in Star Trek franchise history!

 

Some of her other acting credits include Black Mirror (Netflix), A Christmas Carousel (Hallmark), The Color of Love (Lifetime), the new Chucky tv series (SyFy) and a lead role alongside Deborah Joy Winans in A Sisterly Christmas on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).

It's no coincidence that many of the characters she plays have an affinity for music... Lisa Michelle has a broad range of musical accomplishments in her own right.  She has two independently-released albums: Love Lessons (a warm and sweet neo-soul EPand This Moment, an R&B album executive produced by Juno-nominated artist & producer Solitair.  She has performed her original music at Canadian Music Week, Irie Music Fest, the world-reknowned Montreal Jazz Fest and more.  Most recently on the music front, she is co-owner of Orange Moon Entertainment along with artist and collaborator Gina P.  Orange Moon Entertainment produces live R&B and Neo Soul shows in a multitude of Toronto-based hot spots, and books live bands to elevate private and corporate events.

 

Lisa Michelle's artistic career has expanded beyond the art of performing to include film producer credits: Rainbow Baby (winner of the 2020 ACTRA Toronto Women’s Script Lab), Pattern (starring Al St.Louis, Nicole Power & Mpho Koaho) and more in the works.

 

Lisa Michelle dedicates time and energy into serving her artistic community as well. She is one of the founding members of Canadian Black Entertainment and currently serves as an elected ACTRA Toronto Vice-President.  She also served as Co-Chair of ACTRA Toronto’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee for 3 years, and continues to support its endeavours through her advocacy and work.  Through these organizations, Lisa Michelle has been able to co-create and co-lead dozens of initiatives, events, workshops and panels that promote Black, Indigenous and POC artists and assist in their professional development, illumination and advancement.

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