Executive & Artistic Director
Crystal LaShan Toussant was born in Houston, TX on August 20, 1973. She grew up in Southeast Houston where she attended school at Alcott Elementary, Hamilton Middle School (Vanguard Program), and Jesse H. Jones High School (Vanguard Program). Crystal's first starring role was as Snow White in Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs at Alcott Elementary. She went on to participate in numerous drama & speech tournaments and programs throughout her matriculation in grade school. Crystal's first paid acting job was while she was in High School. She was a narrator for Thomas Meloncon's HIV/AIDS Prevention play "It's Hard to Believe". While in high school, Crystal received a Sammy Davis Jr. Award for an original dramatic interpretation from People's Workshop at the Evelyn Rubinstein Jewish Community Center. Crystal graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Drama from Spelman College.
While at Spelman College, she was privileged to be apart of the Maya Angelou Transformation Ensemble where she took master classes from professional choreographers such as Debbie Allen, Otis Sallid (School Daze), and Charles Auggins (Choreographs for Mick Jagger). During Crystal's Fifteen year plus career in entertainment, she has been blessed to work on such events as Monica's 1st Video - Just One of Them Days, TLC's Creep Video, OutKast's Video Git Up, Git Out, 1996 Centennial Olympic Games Opening & Closing Ceremonies, N.A.A.C.P. Image Awards, AFI Salute to Martin Scorsese, The Academy Awards, Nickelodeon, and numerous T.V. & Film projects.
Crystal is a professional actor, poet, writer, producer, director, and an independent filmmaker on the rise. Crystal's goal is to strengthen the development of her production company: Crystalized Productions where she writes, produces, and directs T.V., Film, Theatrical projects. Crystal enjoys acting, singing, dancing, teaching, writing, directing, exercising, being a Disc Jockey, and scrap booking.
As a Proud Native Houstonian, Crystal has always been very active in the Houston community. She is presently the President Emeritus of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College (N.A.A.S.C.) Houston Chapter. Crystal has been an active member since graduating from Spelman College in 1995. She was Historian in both the Houston & Los Angeles N.A.A.S.C. Chapters as well as the Vice President in the Houston Chapter. Crystal has also served as a Judge for Filmmaking and Short Story competitions for the N.A.A.C.P. Houston Chapter Act-So Competition for over ten years. Crystal has volunteered her time and expertise to the Mack Performing Arts Collective since the inception of the Not - For Profit Arts Organization in 2011, so she is very proud to be appointed the new Executive Director.
Crystal's most beloved and treasured work is her 15-year career as an Arts Educator in Public and Private schools throughout Houston. Crystal truly believes that "It is the responsibility of the Extraordinary to help the Ordinary to become Extraordinary!" - Crystal Washington - Toussant 2000. Crystal has created her own Not - For Profit Organization, Heal the World NOW where she develops programming to address Socio-Economic, Health, and Political Issues through the Performing Arts.
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