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The CEO Yolanda Zellous Bio

Yolanda Zellous

Yolanda Zellous is an author, playwright, casting director, stage actress, singer and dancer. She has established herself as director and playwright. Through her roles as the church lady on the award winning filmmaker/director Tyler Perry “Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Madea’s Family Reunion and the The Gospel, Zellous has catapulted in many genres in the competitive theatrical world.

Zellous has evolved as an intelligent, independent and inventive woman in performing arts that has staying power to learn, grow, to be consistent and explore endless possibilities in performing arts. Zellous began her career in singing and acting at the age of 5 in church. Although, a shy girl, later she unraveled her gift to shine. While growing up, she starred in the annual school Christmas plays “SCROOGE” learning the arts of live stage. Zellous had a chance to play a role in a classroom scene”The Double Dutch Bus”, an improvisation role that launched her to canvass opportunities and leap forward.

In her senior year of high school, Zellous auditioned and sang the National Black Anthem. Always having to share a duet, she was excited to perform solo as she describes as her greatest moment. Finally, discovering her passion, she studied acting and trained under the accomplished Bill Dukes at The American Black Film Festival, Tracey Moore, Celebrity Acting Coach, Nick Conti and Michael Moore, The Professional Actors Studio and The Robert Townsend Studios (P.A.N.).

Zellous starred in Under the Hood, In the Hood, Love Cost, Will You Pay the Price, and Church Folks. Preferring to concentrate on live theatre and production Zellous continued to act in live plays and hone her skills in writing and producing live stage and film. She became an associate producer of A-Town East, a local soap opera on Comcast Cable.

Her years of critiquing her talent, artistry and incentives to work faithfully inspired her to create Zellyo Production, Inc,. A film and production company that provides real day to day issues and the lives of people with issues and happenings. A mission that was created by Zellous to motivate and empower plus size women and children to fulfill their dreams.

As an acting coach, Zellous helps talented fellow actors by teaching, developing and presenting actors workshops throughout the year in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the executive producer of “The Big Boned Fashion Show with a documentary Big Boned Women, a film created and directed by Zellous. She credits her stage and learning more about her inner creative style to playwright, Zakiya H. Williams, actress, playwright and casting director. “She is the one that helped me to take a leap of faith and tap into my comedic side, Zellous says.” After all, I am from Peoria, Illinois, home of the late comedian and actor Richard Pryor.

I have developed characters that I carry with me at all times and they a part of my performances. “My strength enables me to deliver the best performances to my audience. Zellous echoes.” Zellous has been an accomplished artist on stage and someday her dream is to have a starring role in a major film. Culminating her comedy and dramatic style that overtures a blending combination of natural energy, Zellous continues to write, produce, act and direct films.

Credits: Playwright

Casting Director


Film Director

Motivational Speaker

Advocate for Children and Women


Plus Size Advocate

Advocate for Youth


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