Myshell Tabu is an actress, who currently freelances as a graphic designer in Los Angeles.
She is the former marketing director and development assistant at Lula Washington Dance Theatre, where she was actively involved in fundraising, program development, public relations, education coordination, supervising volunteers and interns, graphic design, and dance instruction with the organization for four years.
Tabu began her dance career at age 3 under the tutelage of renowned tap dancer, Alfred Desio at The Colburn School of Performing Arts. At 14 years of age, she began teaching both tap and hip-hop at Lula Washington Dance Theatre in Los Angeles. Soon, Myshell was teaching at several schools and community centers throughout the city.
A graduate of California State University Dominguez Hills, Myshell holds a Bachelors Degree in Africana Studies with a Minor in Theatre Performance. Two of her undergraduate years were spent studying film production at Chapman University in Orange, California, where she both led and raised funds for the African Student Union her sophomore year.
During her senior year at Dominguez, Myshell established a performing arts center called “Motiv” in Inglewood, which she solely owned and operated for two years. Her experience was not limited to administration, but included teaching, marketing, and event planning.
Myshell’s stage credits include The Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, The BET Awards, Dance Kaleidoscope, a gala for former president, William Clinton, and The Reebok Human Rights Awards. She has been featured on the small screen in UPN’s hit series, “The Parkers,” “Girlfriends,” a K-Swiss commercial, and a host of music videos. Her film appearances include the 2006 feature film, “Something New,” starring Sanaa Lathan, "Showstoppers,” directed by Barry Bowles, and “Dependents Day,” directed by Michael David Lynch.
Myshell currently sits on the board of Los Angeles Drama Club — the country’s youngest Shakespeare troupe. She also runs two rites of passage groups for girls in Mid-City and hosts Healing through Hip-Hop workshops throughout the city. She has been a featured speaker/performer/panelist at The California African American Museum, the William Grant Still Arts Center, Into Action art installation, and host of colleges and universities. In her spare time, Myshell loves to scrapbook, decorate her planner, read on the Kindle app. She is the mother to two powerful, brilliant daughters and the life partner of Hannibal Tabu.