A Black Woman with locs in a bun, wearing a light grey shirt, sits in a room with her eyes closed and head tilted to the right. Behind her is a bedroom with a studio setup and yellow graffiti wall art.


New Port Richey, FL

Zhalarina is a rapper/actress/playwright born and raised in Tampa, Florida. She wrote, produced, and starred in a three-part, autobiographical music video series with PBS Wisconsin entitled The Light, which won a 2020 Chicago/Midwest Emmy. Appearing on stages such as the New Amsterdam Theater on Broadway and the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in London, Zhalarina has showcased her work globally and is currently gearing up for the tour of her recently released debut album, Again. Her one-woman show, Rose Gold, features six characters using rap and monologue to tell a story of Black motherhood and the glory of its daughters. She is also co-founder of The JVN Project, a hip-hop centered non-profit, where she now serves as chair of the Board of Directors. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

As Good As Mine

Zhalarina is a rapper/actress/playwright born and raised in Tampa, Florida.

Artist Bio

As Good As Mine is the story of a family seized abruptly with supernatural ability at the worst possible time. Based on the real-life events of Zhalarina’s family, this production investigates what truly makes a hero and how far a father might go to save his child. Jack is barely grasping the handle on daily responsibilities when his past catches up to him in one night and he has to explain 4 secret children to his new wife. It all gets incredibly worse when he wakes the next morning to a superpower completely fueled by his addiction to heroin.

Award Year

In Progress