Cheryl Byron was born in Trinidad and Tobago where from early in her life, she was an active social and cultural advocate for her community. This exceptionally gifted storyteller, dancer, choreographer, writer, director, poet, singer, composer and actor positively touched the hearts and minds of many. After working for several years as an artist in Trinidad and Tobago, her work took her to New York where she earned her B.A and M.A in English from City College and an ABD PhD in Performance/Museum Studies at New York University. Cheryl studied dance with Dr. Pearl Primus and was a member of the Primus-Borde Earth Theater. She also trained with Lavinia Williams, Pearl Reynolds and Jesse Oliver.

The first to perform her own original brand of poetry in a calypso tent in Trinidad and Tobago, Cheryl was a pioneer of the performing genres Rapso and Dub Poetry. She took her original blend of poetry, storytelling, music, theater and dance to Nigeria, Kenya, Jamaica, Barbados, Guyana, and throughout the United States. Her television credits include “Homecoming.” She was a contributing editor to the anthology “Womanrise” and can be heard on the albums “Womantalk” and “Freedom Soon Come.”

Cheryl was a professor at Medgar Evers College, the College of New Rochelle, New York City Technical College and Long Island University. An ordained reverend mother in the Spiritual Baptist Faith, Cheryl would end her performances by giving thanks and praises always to God, and honoring the Ancestors, Orisha, Deities, Angels and Saints that protect and uphold us.

Cheryl Byron departed this earthly life on June 17, 2003.