(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.”