Okema T. Moore is an award-winning actress, producer, writer, and director. She has culminated an enviable resume of notable opportunities over the course of her career thus far. Some of those notable moments include premiering as a producer at Tribeca Film Festival’s Tribeca N.O.W. 2019, and producing the EMMY and NAACP nominated, Silver Telly award-winning docu-series, UNLADYLIKE2020, for PBS American Masters. In 2022, she won a Bronze Telly Award for directing an MLK Special that she co-created for the August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh.
Okema started her journey in the entertainment business as a child actor on Sesame Street. In later years she went on to amass several tv, film, and theatrical credits including DREAMGIRLS (under the direction of TONY Winner, Ben Harney), US Equity tour of Henry Box Brown, and Brian Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative Legacy Museum where she plays a hologram in an interactive installation. She can also be seen in the rom-com, Makeup X Breakup on WE tv’s allblk and the Emmy Nominated series Pillow Talk now on BET+. She will also make her adult TV debut on Season 2 of Amazon Prime's, Harlem!
Okema's extensive producing credits, award nominations, and wins speak to her undeniable ability to identify viable projects that win the hearts of diverse audiences. A true leader with a keen sense of storytelling, she has been instrumental in leading creative teams to develop successful projects as noted by the animated web series, Little Apple, which won Best Web Series at the American Black Film Festival (2019). She also won Best Screenplay and Best Short for her self-written short film, Shh...
Prior to becoming a multi-faceted talent in front and behind the camera, Okema obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in finance and business from Brooklyn College. Her strong interest in producing led her to attend NYU’s School of Professional Studies to obtain a Producing Certification.
Okema went on to work in production, securing a position as a production coordinator for the Food Network's Chopped, and OWN’s Oprah's Master Class. The opportunities to follow included producing and writing on Beat Bobby Flay (Seasons 26-29), and producing and directing branded content for DreamWorks, Nickelodeon, and FOX. She is steadily becoming a storyteller that many well-known brands trust.
Okema was also the Creative Producer and Production Manager for Netflix’s genre brand, Netflix Is A Joke, as well as Spotify’s Spotify for Brands video series. Most recently she produced an episode of NOMAD with Carlton McCoy for CNN and the Yance Ford-directed Color of Care, which was Executive Produced by and featured Oprah Winfrey. She is now a member of the Producer’s Guild of America with several projects in development.
Committed to creating her own projects and to elevating all facets of storytelling, Okema has been intentional in regard to participating in various labs and collaborations with remarkable leaders in entertainment. In 2021, she became a Fellow for the Minorities in Film Branded Lab for Directors and oversaw the BTFC & Wavelength Productions Black Producer’s Fellowship. In 2022, she was a semi-finalist for the Stowe Story Lab Diverse Voices Fellowship, the Blackhouse Producer Lab, the Sundance Producer Track, and the CDDP Director's Fellowship.
Okema became a first-time showrunner for Hella Late! with Hollie Harper, which was a hit for BRIC TV summer 2021, and a project for the Pittsburgh School System called Rhea the Great Detective. Both were her first efforts as showrunner and directing scripted multi-cam shows. Her directing also includes an upcoming commercial for Lifetime, celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, two special series for BETdigital (2021), and other projects for Nick Jr, Disney/Marvel, OWN, Netflix’s Strong Black Lead, and LL’s Rock the Bells.
Theatrically, Okema has directed at the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum, written, directed, and starred in a series of award-winning one-act and full-length plays of her own, as well as headlined twice at Pittsburgh’s August Wilson Theatre. She was also a two-time featured writer for the famous Billie Holiday Theatre’s “50in50” series.
Although Okema has obtained a staggering amount of success as a multi-faceted talent in the industry, she is also committed to finding ways to build with and on behalf of other artists and creatives. Through her personal brand, MOOREthanEnuff Media Inc., a small production company that serves as her hub for personal and work-for-hire projects, she has created various opportunities for aspiring and seasoned artists to work with her in an effort to help build a bridge to success. She is passionate about encouraging dream chasing and emotional intelligence for all creatives. As a result, she launched the MtE First Time Filmmaker Festival Grants in 2020 and provided a rolling program of stimulus grants during the COVID-19 crisis. She was also a mentor for the Black College Tour in NYC for various years and is a teaching artist that enthusiastically works with children, teens and creatives over 40 throughout NYC and the country.
Okema is a proud member of several organizations including Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., SAG- AFTRA, Actor's Equity Association, the NY EMMY Chapter, NY Women in Film & TV, Black Film Space, the Demaskus Collective (now in residency at The August Wilson African American Cultural Center) and the Black TV & Film Collective. Moore serves on the boards of both New York Women in Film & Television and the Black TV & Film Collective.
When not working, Okema enjoys spending time with friends and family, international travel and hanging out in her beloved Brooklyn.