Deletta Gillespie (Lecturer, Theatre Arts) is a teaching and performing artist with over twenty years in the entertainment industry.
Gillespie was born into a show business family: both her parents played in bands that backed nationally known artists including entertainment legends The Ink Spots and The Shirelles. She made her professional debut at age six in her mother’s nightclub act.
Deletta has performed in a myriad of situations and venues as a singer, dancer and actor. Highlights include performing for Michael Jackson, and opening for Al Jarreau and Patti Austin. Her vocal talents encompass radio, television, and voice over work. As an entertainment coordinator, Gillespie booked talent for Destination Dockyard, a seasonal street festival jointly produced by The Bermuda Chamber of Commerce, RF Communications, and Royal Caribbean International.
Several of Gillespie’s plays have been produced both in the US and abroad. The Time Tunnel Review and Rufus’ Rhythm & Blues Revue were critically acclaimed and enjoyed successful runs overseas. What a Girl Wants (produced by Healing Stage Productions), raised over $15,000 for the Women's Resource Center in Bermuda. In October 2007, Atlanta-based theatre company Alternate Roots invited Gillespie to perform a staged reading of The Magic City Massacre during the Creative Convergence Festival. “The Magic City Massacre” premiered at Towson University in January of 2009, and enjoyed a second run at Morgan State University where she directed the piece.
Gillespie has also directed two additional shows at Morgan State University, SPUNK, adapted by George C. Wolfe, and Nathan Louis Jackson’s Broke-ology”. Deletta is proud to have originated the role of Chloe for the original musical 7:32, written by KT Peterson and Morgan State alumni Cedric Lyles, and directed by David Gregory. The show was nominated for National Playwriting Award, and was the winner of Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Music Theater Award (Book) 2009. Gillespie received an Irene Ryan nomination for her performance in that musical. She is also featured in the Netflix drama series House of Cards with Kevin Spacey, airing in late 2012.
Gillespie teaches acting and voice privately, and has taught music and drama in arts camps and educational institutions in the US and abroad.
She has vocal pedagogy certifications (Somatic VoiceworkTM, The LoVetri Method, Levels I & II) in Contemporary Commercial Music, as well as ABRSM certificates in Vocal Music.She holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Goddard College, and an MFA in Theatre Arts from Towson University.