2023 Distinguished Alumni, Kaliswa Brewster '01, is an actress, producer, and educator based in New York. On television, Kaliswa has recurred on Showtime’s Billions, ABC’s series Time After Time, and Release. Film credits include Paterno for HBO Films starring Al Pacino and directed by Barry Levinson, the feature film Paint, and The Bit Player for PBS. Guest star and other television credits include NBC’S Law & Order, CBS’ Blue Bloods, & Netflix’s Daredevil. Her Voiceover work includes audiobooks such as Disney’s “Almost There” which is a reimagination of the Princess Tiana story, spots for dozens of TV shows including Netflix’s hit Wednesday, Gossip Girl, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Kaliswa has also worked on several audio projects with Marvel.
Pagliacci, a short film that Kaliswa starred in and produced, explores the internal conflicts that can occur inside a black woman wrestling with race and politics. Pagliacci was an official selection of the 2022 Micheaux Film Festival.
Kaliswa serves on the board of Molière in the Park, a theater company committed to providing free, Broadway quality theater to New York based on the belief that theater has the power to unite and heal diverse communities. Kaliswa has both produced and acted in MIP productions alongside stars from the entertainment world such as Samira Riley and Raul Esparza.
As an activist, Kaliswa has worked closely alongside Rev. Dr Jacqui Lewis of Middle Collegiate Church in NYC. Kaliswa helped Middle and Jacqui devise Anti-Racism workshops and produced a star-packed special for Juneteenth including names such as Jenifer Lewis, Nicole Ari Parker, and Bebe Winans.
Kaliswa is a Lecturer at Brooklyn College where she teaches The Business of Acting to the graduating Masters of Fine Arts Program. She has been hired by dozens of colleges across the country to facilitate community building, acceptance, and authenticity amongst their student bodies.
Kaliswa holds a BA from Whitman College in Theater, and Masters of Fine Arts from American Conservatory Theater and a Certificate in Classical Theater from LAMDA in London.
When not working, Kaliswa enjoys travel & fitness. A cancer survivor and a person living with an autoimmune disorder, Kaliswa ran the 2021 New York Marathon to celebrate her return to health.