"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me.”
Rokia always had a passion for performance, but not knowing what could be done with that desire led her to pursue and obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science from North Carolina A&T State University. While dedicating four years to a department that she enjoyed, she knew that something was missing. While working at a poultry internship in Dobson North Carolina, Rokia literally woke up one morning, and realized that she could no longer allow herself to continue to ignore her dream. While preparing to graduate with an Animal Science Degree, she began looking into Theatre Departments in the area, and was drawn most to the one that was just around the corner on her very campus. After speaking with the Director of the Theatre program, and convincing her parents that she wanted to return to school for a completely different degree, Rokia did return to A&T and received a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Professional Theatre.
In her first year as a Professional Theatre major, Rokia auditioned for and booked the role of Muriel Tate in Plaza Suite in which she was nominated for the Irene Ryan. She remembered being told "no one ever gets out of the audition room" on the trip down to Florida for the KCACTF competition, and was determined not to let that be the case for herself and her partner who worked very hard prior to the bif audition. She and her partner Justin ended up not only making it out of the room, but making it to the top sixteen before elimination--just short of making it to the Kennedy Center. It was that role, and the nomination itself that confirmed she was just where she needed to be, and would continue on a road to pursue life as an actor. From Plaza Suite, Rokia also performed in Black Nativity, Shakin the Mess Outta Misery, and Flying West on the mainstage at A&T.
During the course of school and after graduation, Rokia worked at the Barn Dinner Theatre and performed in shows as well as wrote and directed when the opportunity presented itself. After auditioning for, and being accepted in to The Actor's Studio at Pace Univeristy, it was decided that New York City was going to be the next move. Upon moving, the Universe presented other plans, and Rokia ended up working at Tribeca Performing Arts Center trying to determine the next action. After being told about a wonderful acting coach by the name of JoAnna Beckson, she enrolled into a nine month intensive studying the Sanford Meisner Technique. Since completing the course, Rokia has decided that right now, her main focus will be on learning by doing.