2023 Onyx Woman Leadership Award Honoree Cheryl El Walker

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Company: Self-Employed

Title: Actress, Costume Designer & Makeup Artist 

industry: Theatre/Film

Cheryl is an award-winning costume designer, makeup artist, and veteran stage actor from Pittsburgh. She is the resident costume/makeup artist for the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company. Her creative work in various venues has earned her several Onyx awards from the African American Council for the Arts (AACTA): Best Makeup Artist (2007); Christmas Is Coming Uptown (Best Costume for a Musical 2008); New Horizon Theatre, Freeman (Best Leading Actress 2008); Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company (Best Costume Design for a Play 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012), and the PPTCO 2012 Legacy Award. In 2013, Cheryl debuted another one of her skills and received PPTCO’s Theater Festival in Black And White Award for Best Director. Most recently, Cheryl performed and did makeup/costume design for the play Savior Samuel at The National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC. Cheryl is an alumna of Point Park University.

This year our focus is on leadership and self-care. We asked our leadership honorees to tell us how they incorporate self-care into their busy life.

True self-care, like beauty, starts within. One’s spirit must be serene, at peace, and aligned through meditation, a clean diet, and soul-stirring healing. When we make our spiritual cleansing a priority, the rest will follow suit, giving our sacred temple a chance to align and support what the day has in store. 

As a makeup artist for 44 years, I incorporate beauty enhancements to create a natural emphasis on self-care inside and out. I believe that when we feel beautiful, we look beautiful. 

Every woman has an opportunity to leave a lasting, beautiful imprint wherever she’s been, at any time, at any age; OWN it! Beautiful Onyx woman!

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