U-CARE Director, VALERIE UDEOZOR is from Los Angeles and studied Fine Arts at Howard University. She has also honed her screenwriting and producing skills with the Guy Alexander Hanks & Marvin Miller Screenwriting Fellowship and a Diversity Fellowship with the Producers Guild of America. Valerie has written and produced the U CARE Foundation teen based stage plays, Trapped, The Lockdown Club, Decisions and Deleted & Roots of Deceit. The Lockdown Club was made into a short film, which has been featured on Black Entertainment Television's "The Best Shorts" and received the Audience Choice Award at the 2007 Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival. Deleted the youth play on cyber bullying has an upcoming performance at the Dollarhide Community Center in Compton California on May 26th 2017 for the “Fun Fridays” program sponsored by 4HUNDREDWAZE Foundation, a non –profit organization created by Compton born rapper YG. DELETED was also a 2015 official selection at the Atlanta Black Theater Festival at Morehouse College. U CARE stage plays written by Valerie Udeozor and films have been presented at numerous schools, festivals and community based organizations. At the collegiate level, Valerie's plays have been performed at Wilberforce University in Ohio and Cal State Long Beach to inspire incoming college freshman students. Most recently Valeries newest family & youth play Roots of Deceit permeired at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center in Historic Lemiert Park in 2017
Valerie is also a Registered Nurse and tenured college nursing instructor at Pasadena City College. She combines nursing and drama through educational role-play scenarios in the classroom. She has also created fun, educational YOU Tube clips for classroom. Valerie served as medical consultant for the play STOP KISS at the 600 seat California State Equity Theater, the Pasadena Playhouse starring Sharon Leal & Angela Lin and directed by Seema Sueko.
Valerie has written screenplays for the Footage Films Productions screenwriting team powered by Chris Stokes, Marques Houston & Shondrella Avery as well as numerous television pilots and film with creative partner actress and philanthropist Shondrella Avery.
Valerie's latest short film: Hope 4 Dating In LA stars America's Next Top Model Contestant and Southern Belles In the City Star, Ms. Joslyn Pennywell. The film won a Special Mention in the Global Shorts Film Festival and had a great premiere at Cinemark XD 18 theater in Culver City for the Hollywood Black Film Festival and is also an official selecion for BHERC's "Sistahs Are Doin It For Themselves" Film Festival 4/29/17 at Raleigh Studios Hollywood and the 15th Annual Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival. Hope For Dating In LA short film is slated for 2018 in the SE Manly short film showcase at Raleigh Studios Hollywood. Valerie just completed a passion project, her latest short film she wrote and directed entitled "Burned Out Nurse". Her latest comedy film "Bougie#SS Brandon takes a funny and raw look at an actor and his journey in finding out he was adopted. Stay updated on screenings shows and much more! Find her on Twitter and IG for theatrical updates: @Playsbyvalu TWITTER INSTAGRAM