About Phyllis Yvonne Stickney

Actress, Activist & Comedienne


PHYLLIS YVONNE STICKNEY is a world-class artist, producer, director, author, motivational speaker, clothing designer, community activist, businesswoman and surrogate mother to many. Ms. Stickney is best known and respected for her work in film, stage, television and comedy. Her portrayals range from articulate attorney to feisty comedy club diva, to a Jamaican mother of class. She is regarded as one of the most intelligently hilarious comic talents and was recognized by HBO in THE HISTORY OF BLACKS IN COMEDY. Her film credits include NEW JACK CITY, DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE, HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK, THE INKWELL, WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?, MALCOLM X, and the “ABC Afterschool Special,” DADDY’S GIRL. She made television history by portraying an Afrocentric character on THE COSBY SHOW spinoff, A DIFFERENT WORLD. She also played LENA in Lorraine Hansberry’s award-winning play A RAISIN IN THE SUN at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. The play was produced in January 2011 and received great reviews and exceeded box office expectations.

Ms. Stickney has exhibited longevity and staying power in the entertainment industry. She has been at the Vanguard introducing midnight venues and has performed at annual theater and arts festivals, including THE NATIONAL BLACK THEATER FESTIVAL, THE SHADES OF BLACK THEATER FESTIVAL, THE URBAN WORLD FILM FESTIVAL, and THE PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL, among others. She is a born leader and ambassador of the arts. She has been invited to perform her conscious comedy in Israel, to dance in Senegal and studied a European form of cabaret production in Germany. Her latest collaboration is RETURN2EXCELLENCE, a company committed to bringing quality entertainment and training to often overlooked and underserved consumers.

Phyllis Yvonne Stickney was inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame in 1998 and has received the following awards:


• The ELLIE CHARLES ARTISTS AWARD for her contribution to society and the arts from African Voices Magazine.

• The 2006 AFRICAN JEWEL AWARD from African Focus Incorporated.

In 2009, C.T. Vivian invited her to his 85th birthday celebration, where she was passed the Torch of Leadership by the well-respected civil rights organizer, activist and elder statesman. Most recently, Ms. Stickney was invited to attend the 4th Annual Playwrights Retreat in Umbria, Italy.

Phyllis Yvonne Stickney is a true renaissance woman who was born for the task of bringing together the circle of family and professional friends around the globe. Ms. Stickney is and has always been a trendsetter and a force to be reckoned with. Phyllis Y. Stickney is a visionary and a consummate artist who was named by ESSENCE MAGAZINE 25TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE as “one of 200 African American women who has changed the world.” Phyllis Yvonne Stickney is a faith walker born for the times in which we live.



Phyllis Yvonne Stickney’s formal education began at the University of Delaware, where she became an associate in the Theater Department. She was soon called to New York City, where she continued her studies at the Institute of New Cinema Artists. Ms. Stickney is currently on a leave of absence from her studies in massage therapy in California, where she maintained a 4.0 GPA.

Phyllis Yvonne Stickney a crowd pleaser with culture, class, clout and commitment.