Jackson State professor cast in acting role alongside Bruce Willis and 50 Cent


(JACKSON, Miss.) – Jackson State University theater professor Yohance Myles was recently cast in a co-starring role alongside Bruce Willis of Die Hard fame and rapper-turned-actor 50 Cent. The filming of Fire with Fire begins July 6 in New Orleans.

Myles, who began teaching at Jackson State in 2010, is a Birmingham native. The 30-year-old holds a bachelor’s degree in theater arts from Alabama State and a master’s of fine arts in acting from Louisiana State University. His film and television credits include The Royal Family, K-Ville and Treme.

“He’s brought his professional work to the classroom,” said Nadia Bodie, coordinator of theatre at JSU. “It is apparent in the energy and excitement we’re seeing in our students.”

While teaching a full load of classes, Myles also had a lead role in his department’s production of A Lesson Before Dying and directed The Drums of Sweetwater. He also was cast in New Stage’s production of A Soldier’s Story.

Myles’ work may give students experience outside of the classroom, according to Mark Henderson, interim chair. “Myles has goals to maybe have our students work on set during filming,” Henderson said. “His commitment is commendable.”

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14 thoughts on “Jackson State professor cast in acting role alongside Bruce Willis and 50 Cent

  1. Pingback: Jackson State professor cast in acting role alongside Bruce Willis | HBCU Lifestyle: Diverse ideas that enhance our community

  2. Congrats Myles. I have seen your work: plays, movies, and directing. In all of them you have been awesome. Stay humble.
    As a student, I believe that you are an example that faith, patience, and dedication will lead to such oppurtunies for us all.

  3. Congratulations. Happy to know JSU’s rich history in the dramatic arts is continuing through teaching and practice. Look forward to see you on the big screen.

  4. Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; …

    Congrats on this journey… for I know you will do great Professor Myles!!! glad to have had you as a teacher.

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