Sumaya Bouhbal, is a young actor, singer and dancer based in New York City. She embarked on her acting career in 2009.
Since then she landed the lead role of Jessa, in the off-Broadway production of Paula Vogel’s A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS, a play with music, at the New York Theatre Workshop. The ensemble play was directed by Tina Landau and consisted of a cast of only 13 actors. Sumaya was the only child actor in the production, acting alongside Tony Award winner, Alice Ripley, Tony Award Nominees Bob Stillman and K. Todd Freeman and Obie Award winner, Karen Kandel.
Sumaya also had the fortune of starring as Ali, the lead role in CONTENDER, a short film about child poverty in America and co-starring as the Puerto Rican girl in an episode of the Amazon Series, Mozart in the Jungle, starring Bernadette Peters.
Sumaya appeared as the Rock Star in the Jeffrey Modell foundation’s national television and radio commercial and print campaigns to raise awareness about PI and she also appeared in several national and regional commercials, including Hess, Ronzoni and Ally Bank.
Sumaya has also appeared in print ads for companies and publications including, Tractr Jeans, Nestle Pharmaceutical, Flu Mist, Toys-R-Us and Newsday’s Parents & Children Magazine
Sumaya has taken numerous acting classes with a focus on commercials, scenes, monologues and improvisation at various schools, including the Performing Option, Actor Site and Young Actors studio LLC. She has also received private acting lessons and performance instruction from various teachers, including Robert Marks and Diane Harding. Since 2012, Sumaya has received weekly, private vocal instruction from Daniel Orama at the School of Singing in New York. She studies and performs songs in the genres of Broadway, classical, jazz and pop music.
Sumaya has also taken dance lessons since she was 5 years old. She currently studies dance at Unique Styles Dance Studio, based in Freeport, New York, where she takes classes in ballet, tap, hip hop, lyrical, jazz, afro-jazz and gymnastics on a weekly basis.
Sumaya, with her dance group, competed in the 2015 McDonald’s Gospelfest dance competition, held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey and she performed at the 2015 New York City Dancefest, in Tompkins Square Park.
When she is not acting, singing or dancing, Sumaya enjoys reading, spending time with her friends, riding her bicycle, playing video games and getting involved in school-based activities and clubs, such as student council, chorus and band, where she studies the clarinet.
Sumaya loves to perform and she is looking forward to future roles in plays, musicals, and films and on television shows and commercials. Sumaya hopes to soon be able to also classify herself as a RECORDING ARTIST.