Wendy Raquel Robinson
Audiences know Wendy Raquel Robinson as the sexy and feisty sports manager ‘Tasha Mack’ on BET’s #1 rated scripted series, The Game. This groundbreaking role has earned her an NAACP Image Award nomination for “Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series” and three nominations for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.” With another record-breaking premiere and continued rating success, “The Game” has shown its staying power and has viewers eagerly waiting to see what going to happen next. The Game airs on BET on Tuesdays at 10PM EST.
The fresh, funny, upbeat comedy focuses on the extraordinary lives of the women—girlfriends, wives, mothers and managers—behind professional football players of the fictional San Diego Sabers. As the #1 sitcom debut in the history of cable TV, The Game continues to leave audiences on the edge of their seats as infidelity; ambition, loyalty and betrayal collide to make season five the most compelling yet.
Robinson’s artistic background in acting, dancing, directing, writing, producing and choreographing displays her passion as she strives for excellence in her career as an artist. A cum laude graduate of Howard University with a BFA in Drama, Robinson enticed viewers for six years as the no-nonsense Diva principal, ‘Regina Grier’ on The Steve Harvey Show. Throughout her professional career as an actor, Robinson has found success in TV, film, and theatre.
Robinson’s film credits include: 35 & Ticking opposite Mike Epps & Kevin Hart; Focus Features Something New, Rebound, opposite Martin Lawrence; Two Can Play That Game opposite Vivica A. Fox and Mo’Nique; Miss Congeniality starring Sandra Bullock; and With Or Without You opposite Cynda Williams. Robinson also appeared in the zany comedy, Ringmaster starring Jerry Springer, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate opposite Martin Lawrence and The Walking Dead opposite Eddie Griffin.
Robinson’s television credits include a guest-starring role on ABC’s hit drama, Grey’s Anatomy. She received three NAACP Image Award Nominations for “Best Actress in a Comedy” for her work on The Steve Harvey Show and she landed a recurring role on UPN’s All of Us. She was also a series regular on Fox’s variety sketch show Cedric the Entertainer Presents! and NBC’s Minor Adjustments. Robinson has held additional recurring roles on Fox’s long running animated hit Family Guy, ABC’s NYPD Blue, CBS’s Yes, Dear, Fox’s Getting Personal, UPN’s The Parker’s and One on One, as well as ABC’s hit animated show The Proud Family.
“Performing in front of a live audience is one of the most challenging and unique experiences in my professional career,” says Robinson. She ignites the silver screen and television with passion and authentic performances, but she is a burst of solid energy on stage. Robinson starred in the staged production of ‘Extremities’ at the National Black Theater Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C. opposite Dorian Wilson (The Parker’s), directed by Brent Jennings. She gave a riveting performance in the story of an intended rape victim who manages to escape from her attacker only to have her worst fears realized when her attacker returns and attempts to rape her again. In addition, Robinson also co-starred opposite recording artist Brian McKnight in the stage adaptation of Eric Jerome Dickey’s novel, “Cheaters.” She received rave reviews and performed to sold out audiences across the country. Additional staged performances include The Vagina Monologues (V-Day-L.A.), Black Woman’s Blues, Agnes of God, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, The Colored Museum and Vanities for which she received an NAACP Theatre Award for Best Choreographer and Best Actress Nomination.
In 1997, Wendy responded to her inner voice to help at-risk youth seek out their goals in the arts. As co-founder of Amazing Grace Conservatory (AGC), a theatrical training institute in Los Angeles, Robinson and the AGC staff are dedicated to “building self-esteem through self-expression.” Due to its overwhelming response to the community, AGC recently relocated to a new studio with more resources to help develop the young thespians. AGC is a highly respected preparation institute for young actors and performers and it is evident in their stellar alumni. Many of the students who have attended AGC are currently working in the entertainment industry and/or attending college to pursue a degree in the Arts. This year marks the 15th Anniversary/Celebration of Amazing Grace Conservatory and the students will be preparing for the hit Broadway musical, “Wicked” in May 2012 to be presented at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles.
In addition to her work in the community, she is the recipient of various honors which include the 2011 Urban League Women In Power, 2009 Jenesse Center Silver Rose for her work in nurturing young people to become self sufficient through professional training in the performing arts. She is also the recipient of the Howard University Distinguished Alumni Award, Disneyland & KJLH 102.3 FM Proven Achiever Award, and is a coveted Woman of Courage Honoree. Robinson has hosted the 40th Anniversary of the Freedom Awards 2011 and she will be honored for her work with youth in the arts by the Black Women’s Network in Atlanta in March 2012.
Robinson currently resides in Los Angeles, California with her husband and three dogs, Trixie, Bandit and Baby.