B.A. , M.F.A.
Motivational Speaker, Director, Educator, Mentor, Actor, Writer
In the Spring of 2008, Japonica graduated with Honors with a Bachelors of Arts in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. After leaving Tougaloo College, Japonica attended Brandeis University in Waltham, MA and obtained a Masters of Fine Arts in Acting. While in Boston, she performed in a number of shows, including Neighbors with Company One and Funnyhouse of a Negro with the Brandeis Theatre Company. In 2011, she made her television debut on ABC's Body of Proof playing the character “Amy.” She worked at Power Academic Performing Arts Complex in Jackson as a Theatre Arts instructor. In 2014, she was named the Thad Cochran Distinguished Arts Educator of the Year by the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education. She has performed in Nine Parts Desire, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, and A Christmas Carol all with the New Stage Theatre Company of Jackson. She starred in the production Mississippi Born and Bred at the first annual Black Theatre Festival in Jackson. She also served as leader of the Theatre Ministry at New Jerusalem Church. She wrote and directed the productions “King of Kings", "Can You See Me", and "Another Chance".
In September 2014, she launched a mentoring program entitled Loving L.e.a.h. (Loving, Empowering, and Accepting Herself). She exposed girls to social exercises, motivational speakers, life skills events, and activities that promoted self-love, self-empowerment, and self-acceptance. In 2016, she began working at Bevill State Community College in Hamilton, Alabama where she created a theatre department and program. She directed two shows a year, taught classes, developed a theatre curriculum, petition for a theatre major, and effectively put a theatre major in place while recruiting theatre arts students from the surrounding counties.
In 2018, she left Bevill to pursue her motivational speaking, directing, and acting career full time. She’s currently enrolled at Jackson State University in the School, Mental, and Rehabilitation Counseling program working on her Specialist Degree in School Counseling.
She successfully started a consulting firm called Japonica Brown Consulting (I Am Japonica), where she specializes in motivational speaking, directing, producing, writing, and acting. In August 2019, Japonica Brown published her best selling novel I Have Something To Say. Her transparent account of her life experiences proves to be a moving piece of art that is changing lives everyday! She works everyday of making her dreams of being an accomplished author, inspirational speaker, film director, and motivational television commentator a reality!