The film “Voodoo Macbeth” is as much a story about a young Orson Welles as it is about his lesser-known female compatriot, Rose McClendon. That’s why Inger Tudor says she was inspired to take on the role, which will surely secure her the designation of Hollywood up-and-comer, with a slew of awards won throughout the independent film festival circuit.
Set in Harlem in 1936, “Voodoo Macbeth” tells a story of resilience, racism, political oppression, and solidarity in the face of disaster. The critically acclaimed USC student film follows the story of a then 20-year-old unknown Orson Welles, as he worked to put on an all-Black cast production of Shakespeare’s tragedy, Macbeth. Inger Tudor takes on the role of the incomparable Rose McClendon opposite Jewell Wilson Bridges as Welles.
While the story is well known for catapulting the director to his success, McClendon’s story is more tender and far more haunting. While she would make it to the premier and see the success of the box office sellout Voodoo Macbeth, just a year later, McClendon would succumb to pneumonia, never able to see the success of the Black entertainers who followed in her footsteps. Under her guidance, The Federal Theatre Project developed iterations of The Negro Theatre Unit across 11 different cities nationwide, thus paving the way for actresses like Hattie McDaniel and Butterfly McQueen (1939’s Gone With the Wind).
Inger Tudor’s solemn and captivating portrayal of Rose McClendon is a testament to her poise and grace but lends credence to her path to Hollywood. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Tudor holds multiple degrees and is a graduate of The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art’s Classical Theatre Program. She earned her SAG card in New York, where she was also licensed to practice law, and thus set out on an inspiring journey of following one’s own dreams to fruition.
“I felt I could have a greater impact through art and acting than as a corporate litigator. If I portray someone from a dysfunctional family who loses her father, I hope it inspires someone watching to pick up the phone and call an estranged parent, or if I play an astronomer, maybe a little girl watching will believe that’s something she can do as well.”
Tudor has won multiple awards for her role in “Voodoo Macbeth,” including awards for Best Actress at the Harlem International Film Festival and Catalina Film Festival, along with Best Supporting Actress at the Charlotte Black Film Festival and Best Ensemble Cast at the San Diego Film Festival. She was also a panelist at one of the world’s most prominent Black Film Festivals – the African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADFF) – after “Voodoo Macbeth” debuted in Paris in 2021.
Credited in dozens of stage productions such as “The Exorcist,” “Stuff Happens,” and “Antigone,” Tudor has a long history of acting in roles with strong voices and strong values. She is credited with numerous television roles, including Goliath (2016), Criminal Minds (2006), and Passions (2003), and portrayed characters in multiple films, including an award-winning performance in the short film “On Time” (2016). Tudor is also credited with four upcoming releases currently in post-production.
“Voodoo Macbeth” will be distributed nationally at select theaters in Los Angeles and New York City on October 21st, courtesy of AMC Theaters. There will also be screenings in New Orleans on October 28th.
For more information on the film, head to www.voodoomacbethfilm.com.
For more on Inger Tudor, her extensive filmography, and more of her background, head to www.ingertudor.com.
You can also follow Inger on Instagram – @ingertudor
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