By Nate Paige
Photographed by Damian Eduardos
Some people just know
what they are meant
to do in life.
In recent years, singer/actress
Mariama Whyte was a member of
national touring companies of
“Disney’s The Lion King” and
“The Color Purple.” Locally, she’s
performed in musical productions
at Karamu House, Dobama Theatre,
Cleveland Public Theatre, and others.
In addition to being an accomplished
songwriter, she’s released several EPs
through her production company, and
is currently working on a full album.
Mariama Whyte has mastered the
art of staying busy.
Involved in the performing arts
since her childhood at Moreland
Elementary School, she may not have
known back then which talent would
stick, but her mother may have had a
strong hunch. Whyte was hit by the
acting bug through a suggestion by
her mom, meant to serve as a coping
mechanism. As a child, Whyte found
public speaking extremely difficult;
oral reports and presentations in
school triggered high anxiety.