“We will be tested in our lives. We will suffer. There will be pain. But it’s how we choose to deal with those events that ultimately determines the quality of our lives.”
– Abner Genece
I am the first of three children born to Haitian immigrants Jean Abner Genece and Marie-Ange Genece. My younger brother Richard, my youngest sister Michelle and I grew up in Massachusetts, Ohio and Florida. Creativity and Cultural Pride were instilled in me early on, as I demonstrated a flourish for the visual arts, performing arts and music. I first caught the acting bug after a chance meeting with child performer Leon Mobley (TV’s ZOOM) when I was thirteen. Though my love for performing was always nearby, I chose to focus on the visual arts, earning a BFA from Pratt Institute. Soon, I was blessed to be an award-winning Art Director, working on such film, television and theatrical properties as MGM/UA, Superboy: The Series, The New York Philharmonic, The Today Show, The Olympic Games, NYPD Blue, Roseanne, Home Improvement, Good Morning America, General Hospital, Everybody Loves Raymond, Chicago, and The Lion King. But rather than promote show business, I had always yearned to perform in it; and began to train classically at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. A chance meeting with legendary actor James Earl Jones motivated me to complete my studies with vigor and focus. Soon I was chosen to be a part of the Resident Acting Company at the Jean Cocteau Repertory. During my seasons at the Cocteau, I was blessed to work with such influential artists as Eve Adanson, Craig Smith, Elise Stone, Harris Berlinsky, Robert Hupp, Scott Shattuck and Cliff Goodwin.
I relocated to California to pursue work in film, television and on stage. My most notable projects included those with the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, the Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company, Moxie Theatre, the Robey Theatre Company, Drake & Josh, Harry’s Law, Need For Speed and Unrest. It was with the Robey Theatre Company that I performed in Levy Lee Simon’s award-winning Haitian Revolution trilogy, For The Love of Freedom, directed by the great Ben Guillory and featuring percussion master Leon Mobley (whom I had met as a boy in Massachusetts).
A hiatus from performing and a relocation to Colorado brought several challenges, including a life-threatening auto accident in 2017. But I found my voice and my footing again in the warm embrace of the Denver acting community. I’m grateful to have joined with Philip Sneed, Lynne Collins, and the entire team at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities for their 2017-18 season; and I’m honored to return as a member of the 2018-2019 Resident Acting Company in the Black Box Repertory.