Phylicia Rashad Copyright SYDA Foundation

SYDA Foundation Board of Trustees

Phylicia Rashad

Phylicia is an acclaimed singer, director, and actress who has appeared in stage, film, and television productions.

Since 1993, Phylicia has served on the Advisory Board of PRASAD, a philanthropic expression of the SYDA Foundation, and is the official U.S. spokesperson for that organization.

Before she was appointed to the SYDA Foundation Board of Trustees, Phylicia served as a consultant to the Board, contributing her expertise in communications. She has also served with the Siddha Yoga Music Department and has been a speaker at Shaktipat Intensives.

Phylicia earned a BFA degree magna cum laude in theater from Howard University in 1970.

In 2001, the Board of Directors of New York Women in Film and Television honored Phylicia with the Muse Award for Outstanding Vision and Achievement. In 2004 Phylicia received the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award. She has received two People’s Choice Awards and is a three-time winner of the NAACP Image Award for her contributions to television and film. In 2011, she was named the first Denzel Washington Scholar in Theatre at Fordham University. In 2016 Phylicia received the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play and was selected by the American Theater Critics Association for induction into the Theater Hall of Fame.

Phylicia lives in New York State.