Actor. Speaker. Advocate.
Teal Marchande is an exceptional talent whose credits include film, television, and theatre–in such shows as Good News, Martin, Kraa! The Sea Monster and the stage play Shelly Garrett’s Beauty Shop. Her biggest break came in a four-season run on Nickelodeon’s award-winning The Kenan & Kel Show as Kenan’s mom, Sheryl Rockmore.
The youngest of three daughters, this Michigan native, known for her bold streak, decided at the age of 14 that a more metropolitan environment would suit her worldly aspirations for education, recognition, and advancement. With her parents’ permission, Teal moved from Lansing to Detroit to live with her aunt.
At 15, a junior in high school, Teal was attracted to Radio & TV Broadcasting class. Outgoing and energetic from the beginning, she was a “natural” and it was her then-teacher and program director of WHPR who convinced her to consider a career in the media. (Teal originally planned to pursue studies in psychology or law). Through her merit and his support, Teal was able to obtain significant broadcasting experience at WHPR, WGPR radio/tv, and WCHB radio. In addition, Teal color-commentated live men’s basketball games, affording her the opportunity to host a live impromptu interview with the legendary Stevie Wonder, which she later authored and released to the press. Upon graduation, Teal entered into California State Los Angeles where she majored in communications.
Teal’s innate ability and talent afforded her many opportunities to develop her craft, resulting in on-camera credits, as well as performing on stage to sold out audiences across America in the hit comedy play “Beauty Shop” as salon owner Terry Fuller.
When she wasn’t performing, Teal was closely involved with issues dear to her heart, such as advocating for abused and neglected children. One pivotal moment for Teal came when she was invited to be a keynote speaker for an event in her hometown. Without a prepared speech, Teal went into a corner to pray before approaching the podium. She spoke with fortitude and dedication for a “not yet” revealed mission, rousing the enthusiasm and approval of the teenage audience. That spontaneous speech sparked the birth of Teen Quest–a 60-minute teen talk show on everyday life and style, for which she ultimately received a Producers Award. An even bigger reward: receiving an email from a former TQ cast member, thanking her and the show for instilling in him a confidence as teen that he has carried into adulthood.
Teal continues to join forces with others empower for at-risk, disadvantaged, and disabled youth. In addition to supporting Athletes and Entertainers for Kids, Teal passionately serves with Friends of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Los Angeles, the fundraising arm that supports the CASA organization, and even served as a special advocate, representing the best interests of children in the foster care system.
Whether Teal works in front of or behind the scenes in television, theatre, films, journalism, radio, or as an activist, she brings dedication and joy with her. She knows her career is challenging, especially when one wants to sustain in it, but she values her early discipline as an athlete and musician for giving her the tenacity, endurance and overall true grit that keeps her forging on.