Actress who won a Tony Award for her role in the Broadway production of Caroline, or Change in 2004 and starred as Lorrell Robinson in the 2006 musical film Dreamgirls. She also provided the voice of Disney's Princess Tiana in the 2009 film The Princess and the Frog.
She studied drama at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.
Her role as Beneatha Younger in a 2014 Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun earned her a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play.
She was raised in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Her parents are Claudia and John Rose. She married actor Jason Dirden in October 2022.