By Cheryl Smith
It was an excited Dallas-native Ptosha Storey who recently announced that she would be joining the cast of the popular soap opera, The Young and the Restless, as part of the latest African American family arriving in fictional Genoa City.
“I‘m beyond grateful for the opportunity to be part of The Young and the Restless family in the role of Naya Benedict,” Storey told Texas Metro News, adding that the hit show was a “staple in our home” for many years when she was a child. “To now be working on the show as an actress is a beautiful full circle moment. I’m looking forward to it!”
Storey joins the show in its 46th season, debuting in 1973, with CBS Television touting its position as the number one daytime drama for 28 years.
A long-time member of Dallas’s Friendship-West Baptist Church, Storey attended the famed Booker T. Washington School for the Performing Arts and after graduation attended SMU where she was initiated into the Nu Iota Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts.
A series regular on the BET drama The Oval, Storey’s hometown fans cheered her performance at the Dallas Theater Center when she played Ruth Younger in A Raisin in the Sun. Her film and television credits include Brenda in Acrimony, and Chyna in Empire, both with Taraji P. Henson. She also appeared in Petals on the Wind and Tyler Perry’s If Loving You Is Wrong on OWN-TV.
Her assistant director credits include Mountain Top (Dallas Theater Center), The Color Purple, Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope, Ain’t Misbehavin’, (Jubilee Theatre), Spunk (WaterTower Theatre) and Bootycandy (Stage West).
The multi-talented actress also enjoys a multitude of activities that include: aerobics, cheerleading, cycling, racquetball, roller skating, running, Softball, swimming, volleyball, weight lifting, and singing.
Her son, Jordan L. Jones, is also an actor.