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Date of Birth 31 January 1984Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Tramaine Montell began acting with Innervision Youth Productions, an underprivileged-youth targeted film program in Chicago's Cabrini Green Projects. Tramaine is an advocate for The Cabrini Connections Tutor/Mentor Program, which he was a part of from 1996-98. Starring in his own short film, "The Potion", he won 1st place for Best Narrative at the Chicago Alt. Children's Film and Video Festival in 1996. Because of this accomplishment from a young boy in Cabrini, he was interviewed on Chicago's WGN Channel 9 News. He then won 2nd place at The Chicago Shakespere Theatre during their Annual Shakesperean Monologue and Sonnet Contest.

Tramaine was hired by Freestreet Theatre in 1998, becoming the youngest member of the professional theatre training and performing ensemble. In 1999, he went overseas with Freestreet to perform at the 13th Annual ASSITEJ International Theatre Festival in Tromso, Norway, representing the US in the festival. Tramaine then began doing work with the Duncan YMCA's Chernin Center for the Arts, participating as a forefront member of their seasonal Youth Theatre Workshop for three years. In the summer of 2000, Tramaine was invited to the Bremen International Festival and toured again throughout Germany in 2001 as the main character in, "CoTingle", a story about a young boy who steals people's painful memories and acts out their tragi-comic dramas. "CoTingle" toured throughout the US as well with great reviews as Tramaine's mother and siblings finally moved from the Cabrini Green Projects. Upon return to Chicago, he was awarded a six-month scholarship to study at the Joel Hall Dance Center and joined their youth repertory ensemble, JHD 1511, in his first month training.

Tramaine was accepted to Syracuse University, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Department of Drama as a Drama Major in 2002. During the summers of 2004 and 2005, he was invited to study dance at The Official School of The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, upon being awarded the Oprah Winfrey Scholarship, performing works by Troy O'Neil Powell and Vernard Gilmore. This led to an invitation to instruct dance classes for Syracuse University's Fitness Center and Syracuse's local studios, Onondaga Dance Institute and Community Folk Art Center. In 2005, Tramaine participated on scholarship in the inaugural class of The New York City Tepper Semester, an intensive conservatory- style semester in Manhattan designed for advanced BFA drama majors... training in acting with Rebecca Guy of Julliard, voice/speech with Kristen Linklater, movement, dance, professional development, workshops and audition training with several prominent industry professionals.

Tramaine was invited to the Black Repertory Theatre in Providence, honored to portray young Emmett Till in, "Till", an exhilarating new work on the true-story life and death of Emmett Till during the start of the Civil Rights Movement. In 2006, Tramaine was one of five senior students chosen by Aaron Sorkin, creator and director of "The West Wing", for the inaugural Sorkin LA Entertainment Practicum in Los Angeles... a new program for professional relationships, tours and workshops in the television and film acting industry of Hollywood. Upon graduation, Tramaine was chosen to participate in SU Drama's Lubin House Showcase at 42nd st's Theatre Row and moved to New York that day.

He began working with About Artists Agency and Clear Talent Group. His recent projects include Hairspray the Movie, The MTV Video Music Awards, McCarter Theatre's "A Christmas Carol", and Big Mamma in "Anniversa Happary, A Comedy" by Zach Messner at Manhattan Repertory Theatre. He is often a guest artist with the National Center of Performing Arts of The Bahamas in Nassua, Bahamas. Tramaine is an advocate for The Adolecent AIDS Program and plays the role of young Jason for the program's educational films. He most recently performed on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Today Show live with the cast of Hairspray. Tramaine holds a B.F.A. Degree in Acting from Syracuse University with a minor in Psychology.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tramaine Montell Ford

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