Meissa Hampton is an awarded Actor, Writer, Filmmaker and Activist. She is an Artist in Residence at MIT in Cambridge, Mass with the Media Lab. Her films have screened in National and International Film Festivals including the Palm Springs International FF, Montreal International FF and the Big Apple Film Fest in New York. Her commercial and independent film performances have won ‘Best Actor’ awards from National and International festivals such as IndieFest, First Run and PictureStart Film Fests in NY and contributed to a ProMax World Gold Award for VH1s Lyrically Speaking. She is an active member of the Screen Actors Guild and New York Women in Film and Television. She has been an activist for gender equity in Media throughout her career and is the Founder of the Actors Alliance for Gender Equity in Media. In 2015 she authored the petition to SAG-AFTRA to promote gender equity in the industry and address sexual harassment and assault affecting performers. She has been interviewed by international publications and as a writer for the Guardian, her feature editorial helped move the dial on the #MeToo Movement. She is a founding member of The Indies Lab and the Urban Artists Collective in NYC. She founded and operates A Social Cure, Inc., a non-profit organization developing outreach programs for civic-minded media. She is Founder and Managing Director of One Pair of Shoes Pictures, a production company founded on visual media’s potential to affect positive social and cultural change. She lectures at conferences and Universities on Film and Women in Media. She is an awarded and published poet whose work has been celebrated by the American Academy of Poets. She completed her undergraduate film studies under a Ford scholarship and received a Tuch award for scholastic achievement. She studied acting at the Stella Adler Conservatory, then continued scene study, voice work and improv at top NYC studios including the Upright Citizens Brigade and HB studios. She continued her Film and Theatre studies at Harvard and MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has expanded from acting and writing to direct her first feature film A Social Cure, which investigates the HIV/AIDS epidemic and our path to a future free from HIV.
Audiences have spoken of a unique and compelling presence when Meissa is on screen. Critics and reviews have described her as “a revelation” “ the kind of talent one doesn’t come by every day” and “the type of actor you hope to see more of.” She has earned the regard of movie audiences and her peers in the film and arts community. Her inspired dedication to her art is propelling her toward an electrifying career.