LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Holli’ Conway-Fields has always dreamed of seeing her name in lights since she was a child. Falling in love with movies and later theater she knew being a performer was her destiny. Now she is making those dreams come true.
Conway-Fields was born in Lafayette, grew up in Monroe, and attended college at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. She considers herself a native of the entire state since she feels tied to several areas. At NSU she studied theater with an emphasis on musical theater, a degree that has helped her connect with things she loves.
Growing up, Conway never considered herself a pageant type of girl. She was exposed to the world of pageantry in 2014 as an entertainer.
She decided to give competing in pageants a try and she won. Between 2015 and 2018 she entered several pageants often taking home the title or first runner-up position. In her final competition season, she won the title of Miss Louisiana.
She described the moment she won as ‘unreal’ and has very fond memories of her time serving as Miss Louisiana. During her reign, one of her biggest dreams came true when she was cast in her first Broadway play.
“I booked my Broadway debut while I was Miss Louisiana,” Conway-Fields recalled. “That was really cool. And I just kind of hit the ground running. I just remember seeing a preview that came out when I was in college. It was just Adrienne Warren chanting. That was the only thing on the preview, and my friends and I were just excited about the Tina Turner musical. Going in, that was something I was already excited about and didn’t think in my wildest dreams that I would be (in) the original Broadway cast.”
The show was very well received racking up Tony award nominations in multiple categories. She performed in the show until this July when it was announced that “Tina” would be going on tour. Little did she know her next opportunity was waiting for her.
About a week before her final show, she was notified that she had been cast in “Six” the musical. Conway-Fields said she had been praying for just that opportunity.
“I try to just do what I love and follow my dreams and trust God,” she explains. ” I go wherever God tells me to go. I mean, I’ve been praying over “Six” Broadway since last fall because God told me I was going to be in this show.”
Hours before her interview with The Daily Advertiser she made history as the first Black woman to play the role of Katherine Howard on Broadway.
“Going into the show I wasn’t thinking, ‘Oh, I’m going to be the first Black girl to play this role, and I’m going to be a trailblazer for this.’ I was just thinking, ‘This is where God told me I’m supposed to be in this season.’ And all of those things fall into place.
“Then when you think about it, as you’re just, walking out, living out your purpose and doing what you love and doing what you’re supposed to be doing on the earth, then those other things come and they’re just a really, big bonus, and they seem to always line up. When you’re in the right place in life and it always kind of lines up but you’ve inspired someone or you’ve empowered someone, that’s really the most powerful thing.”
Inspiring others has been a constant drive of hers throughout her time as Miss Louisiana and beyond. She said one of the best things about the show “Six” is that female empowerment is a focus.
Being part of an all female-identifying cast was a blast and all the characters in the show are queens, so having that title again has also been a blast. The 28-year-old also checked off another vision board item this year with her TV debut. She played the role of Angela Hicks on Showtime’s “City on a Hill.”
For Conway-Fields this is only the beginning of what looks to be a long career in entertainment. She will return to the role of Katherine Howard on Nov. 1 on Broadway.