SheaLin Shobowale-Benson has nabbed the lead role of “Nya,” a fierce mother fighting to keep her son from being a statistic in the criminal justice system. She has been performing since the age of three, over the years expressing herself through singing, tap, jazz, ballet, gymnastics, acting, playwriting and more. The Sharon, Penn., native is proud to have acted in shows at her father’s church, as well as in high school and, later, college. Shea-Lin was a member of The VUU Players at her alma mater, Virginia Union University in Richmond, Va., earning multiple lead roles and minoring in drama and speech; her major was psychology. While in Virginia, she was also with the Nivlaco theatre company in Norfolk. She has penned several productions: "Bittersweet Blue” was performed in Youngstown, Ohio, and Southern Pines, N.C. Her most recent work is a short play about actors of color struggling in Hollywood entitled “Is Black Enough?” It was staged virtually last year by Face Off Theatre Company, where Shea-Lin's been the Season Stage Manager since 2018. She considers her husband, Rashidi, known to all as “Sho,” to be her biggest supporter.