Michaela Jaé Rodriguez
Award-winning Actress, Singer and Dancer
While many recognize Michaela Jaé Rodriguez from her breakout performance on the FX hit series Pose.
A Newark, New Jersey native, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez was born to perform. After attending Newark Arts High School and graduating from Berklee College of Music, Rodriguez conquered musical theatre and various small roles in television. Her career continued to grow after Rodriguez’s transition when the world was introduced to the Rodriguez we know now: a passionate multi-hyphenate creative force in the entertainment industry.
Since then, Rodriguez’s career expanded to include television, film, theatre, and music. She is most recognized for her outstanding performance as Blanca Evangelista on FX’s Pose. However, Rodriguez’s experience includes her Off-Broadway debut in New World Stages’ production of Rent as Angel, starring in Encores! Runaways, and recently starring as Audrey in the Pasadena Playhouse’s production of Little Shop of Horrors. In addition, Rodriguez’s debut single “Something to Say” garnered 84k streams and 47k monthly listeners on Spotify alone.
Rodriguez’s success also expands into the awards circuit. She was recently honored as the first transgender actress to be nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Primetime Emmy Awards. She earned the nomination for her portrayal of the housemother Blanca in Ryan Murphy’s groundbreaking series Pose on FX. Pose was nominated for a 2021 and 2019 Emmy Award, a 2018 Golden Globe Award in the category of Best Television Series Drama and a Writers Guild Award nomination. The series won a Peabody Award and two GLAAD Media Awards in the category of Outstanding Drama Series. Rodriguez herself won the 2019 Imagen Award for Best Actress in Television. She was also nominated for a Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series, an MTV Movie & TV Award in the category of Breakthrough Performance, and 2 Gold Derby Awards for Drama Actress and Breakthrough Performance.
Despite all of her acclaim, Rodriguez is just getting started. She can be seen in Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of Jonathan Larson’s Tick, Tick… Boom! Additionally, Rodriguez was recently cast as the lead in the upcoming Apple TV+ series Loot, alongside Maya Rudolph, created by Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard.
Ernie was perfect for our Elders Conference at Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, Michigan. We will definitely be using PDA again!
LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS
Our speaker was great and the crowd enjoyed her! She was very engaging. Thank you again PDA for the great list of suggestions!
Everything went great! and our speaker was wonderful! Thank you so much for all your help PDA! Looking forward to the next one.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – KANSAS CITY
I hope that this message finds you well. We had a phenomenal time with Atsuko this past Thursday. We wanted to just let you know how amazing she was. All those that were in attendance thoroughly enjoyed her and had nothing but amazing things to say about her. Thank you for working with us to make sure this happened!
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
We had a fantastic day with Inge! She was very engaging with all those that attended. Her personal stories about the holocaust were very special and we were moved that she was willing to share them with everyone. Thank you again, PDA for all your hard work and dedication to make this program such a success!
SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Dear PDA Group, Thank you so much for your hard work in scheduling our speaker! From the moment we reached out to you the first time, you worked with us on all details and logistics and kept us up-to-date on the progress. Thank you for all your hard work on making our event such a success! We couldn't have done it without you and your team!
Thank you again, Dr. Kimbrough, for a great presentation, our attendees are still talking about it!
Dr. Henry Lee's presentation was entertaining, insightful and wise. I, and everyone at Pfizer, especially appreciate the remarks you directed about following your passion and preparing yourself to excel. Thank you, everyone, at PDA for helping to make this happen!
The event was successful! I received many messages expressing how awesome, outstanding and inspiring Ms. Webb-Christburg's speech was."
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL BREAKFAST, BOSTON, MLK SPEAKER
Everything went well. Atsuko was very easy to work with and the students enjoyed her performance! Thank you again for your recommendation and I hope to work with you again in the future!
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Dr. Novello left this morning after a very successful event on our campus! Thank you PDA Group for your help from the first phone to the last you were with us every step of the way.
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Jordan Carlos was very very entertaining! A majority of students who answered the event survey indicated they really enjoyed Jordan and definitely will bring him back!
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
On behalf of myself and my organization Entertainment Unlimited the Campus Programming Board of Ferris State University, we thank you PDA and Dan for a successful event!! Dan was magnificent! Students really enjoyed the presentation. I know I did. Can't wait to bring in more programs with PDA Group.
FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
It was a great pleasure to work with PDA Group! The communication was always prompt, friendly and helpful. We loved the speakers and events we booked through Mr. Peter Walker (PDA Group).
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Thank you, Peter, for all your help, you'll be happy to know that the event went incredibly well! Aneesa Ferreira was by far one of the best speakers we've ever had!
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