Helen Goldsby is a true artist in every sense of the word. “Artists come into the world to bring light, love, healing & enjoyment.”
As a personal & artistic mantra, Ms. Goldsby revels in bringing all four as a highly sought-after actress, singer, speaker and activist crossing genres and mediums in the world of entertainment.
Currently, Helen can be seen in the real life portrayal of Regina Carter in Hulu network original series Dopesick, shedding light on the opioid epidemic.
She can also be seen on HBO Max original series The Other Two in a comedic role as intellectual scholar and author Ranessa Boley Braun. This June, in season 2 of the STARZ’s hit original series P-Valley, Ms. Goldsby will reprise her guest starring role as Shelle; the determined, bourgeois mother fiercely focused to keep her daughter out of harm’s way.
More to come this year, she can also be seen as Madame Lorraine, ballet impresario, in the HBO Max reboot Pretty Little Liars.
In 2019 making her major motion picture debut in the biopic film Harriet, Ms. Goldsby played Hany-an underground railroad freed woman, who was branded on the chest by her former slave owners.
A Howard University and Juilliard School graduate, Helen is a classically-trained soprano. Her full, lyric voice has taken her to some of the most prestigious concert halls and performing art centers in North and South America, Europe, and the Caribbean; singing a variance of repertoire. In 2009, she made her Los Angeles Philharmonic debut singing in a concert performance of Porgy and Bess at L.A.’s prominent Hollywood Bowl Amphitheater.
Always the trailblazer, Ms. Goldsby made history as the first singer ever to perform inside the U.S. Supreme Court chambers in 1995. Other prestigious solo performances include the memorial services of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and tennis great Arthur Ashe.
Shortly before entering Juilliard, Ms. Goldsby was recruited to participate in a local pageant while purchasing a gown for her graduation recital from Howard University. A serious novice to pageant competition, she reluctantly agreed, only because the shop’s owner offered to give her the gown for free, if she participated. Apparently, it was required for there to be at least five contestants in order to have the competition–and she would be the fifth! Two years later, Helen won and was awarded the crown and title of Miss New York 1995. As Miss New York, Ms. Goldsby spoke poignantly and openly about child sexual abuse and chose the topic as her social impact initiative. Helen is a survivor of child sexual abuse. The chosen topic as her platform would give her life and artistic career a dynamic and unforeseen purpose as a child advocate and activist. She has founded several programs to educate and heal the public concerning the issue as well as being a member of several boards of directors for child advocacy groups. Very shortly, after becoming Miss New York, Ms. Goldsby was asked to be the spokesperson for the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA). And as a result of her many speeches and lobbying, in 1996, then-Governor Pataki and the New York state legislature signed and passed what is known as the Goldsby-Miss New York Law (reforming child molestation legal criteria for victims to more appropriately prosecute their abusers); another trailblazing first for the artist and the world of pageantry. Raising awareness, education and teaching society about prevention, the epidemic itself, its effects and the journey to healing has become as she states “forever a part of my life’s work”.
Other credits include: Sharon in the Tony-award winning Broadway play MasterClass, Pamela McCloud in the former CBS daytime drama As The World Turns, Lila in New York City Center’s revival of St. Louis Woman, Countess in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Mimi in Puccini’s La Boheme, Verdi, Faure and Mozart’s Requiems and Thais in Massenet’s Thais in concert. Helen has no plans of slowing down as she looks to creating, producing and directing in the future chapters of her journey of artistic excellence.
Ms. Goldsby is the mother of two incredible young artists in their own rights; Muhjahid, Jr. 15, a classical pianist who loves Beethoven and Niambi, 11, a competitive dancer, singer, actress and gifted visual artist. As far as this ‘role’ as mother, Helen is quoted as saying it is “the best gig ever”!