Hailing from Flint, Michigan, Nayte Paxton's professional entertainment journal spans over 40 years performing on stage as a musician, singer, dancer, and actor in nine countries on three continents. As one of the talented performers of the local singing group “Soul On Ice”, featuring Ralph “Wee-Gee” Coulter and Marvin Taylor, audiences flocked to get a glimpse of the trio in several Black Arts Festivals, Gong Shows, and city-wide talent shows. As a Theater and Communications major at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Paxton took to the theater with lead roles in RUMPLESTILTSKIN, MOTHER GOOSE ON THE LOOSE, and TROMBONES OF GOD. He was awarded best actor in performance as the psychotic killer, Carroll Prine, in William Hauptman’s HEAT at the American College Theater Festival (ACTF) on the campus of Grambling University.
As a musician and Ambassador for Peace, he traveled with the international traveling, educational, and entertainment group, Up With People; performing before country leaders, civic organizations, and general audiences spanning from Mexico to Canada; Aruba to Venezuela and many cities across the U.S. Highlights include performing with Bob Hope, Burgess Meredith, the Dallas Symphony, at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, and an appearance in the halftime show of the Super Bowl.
Thereafter he went on to work with the Walt Disney World complex in Florida. Half of his 8-year experience with Disney included working in the Marketing Division and the other half as a performer in various stage shows and parades, to include participation in another halftime Super Bowl assignment – the secret is golden around the mystery; if there was a portrayal of a Disney character during his stint at the world-famous theme park.
After Disney, he returned to Up With People to give back to the organization that supplied a genuine lifelong experience that helped catapult his entertainment career. He helped showcase and promote the Up With People experience as Marketing Representative and sold out many performances in various venues such as Nogales, AZ, Indianapolis, IN, Rockland ME, and at the historical landmark MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. On a whim and in pursuit of dreams of happiness, Paxton followed his heart to the enchanted island of Bermuda. There, he helped introduce Dinner Theater to the island that included performances such as Don Evans’ IT’S SHOWDOWN TIME in the lead role, Adam Poindexter; as the lovable character, Boo, in Judy Ann Mason’s LIVING FAT, and the charismatic Papa Du in Vernel Bagneris’ ONE MO’ TIME vaudeville revue; all productions directed by Patricia Pogson.
Paxton became a household name on the island as he continued to share his talents as a videographer with one of the local television stations, conducting radio voiceover for on air promotions of concerts and local businesses. More notable, he was one of the lead singers for one of the island’s favorite variety bands, Time Tunnel; performing popular all-time hits that spanned from the 1950’s to the 1970’s in the tourist hot spot.
His exposure to American Sign Language during this time prompted him to take up studies in a sign language interpreting program when he returned to the U.S.
After several years of study, his passion for interpreting grew, specifically in the performing arts arena. Leading up to his love of interpreting in religious and performing arts settings, his early accomplishments include interpreting for Maya Angelou and many notable civil rights leaders such as Jesse Jackson, Ambassador Andrew Young, and the late Coretta Scott-King during one of the annual celebrations of the 1963 March on Washington.
His love for music and theater led him to focus more on interpreting onstage with performers such as the Dave Mathews Band, Brittney Spears, and Janet Jackson. As a freelance sign language interpreter, he spent 12 seasons as a voice actor for numerous theater productions with the Gallaudet Theater Department such as LYSISTRATA, CHARLOTTE’S WEB, SIGN ME ALICE, POE and many others; often performing several distinctive voices for several characters in each production.
Adding to his entertaining resume, Paxton was Voice Director for the 2010 production of Michael Frayn’s NOISES OFF; the historical Gallaudet University performance that gained regional notoriety at the American College Theater Festival in Towson, MD; Voice Director and voice character for Z: THE OTHER CHRISTMAS STORY and onstage, semi-shadow voice character in SILENT SCREAM, both productions written and produced by Jeffery Bowden.
Paxton was the voice actor for the young character, Travis Younger; the African intellect, Joseph Asagai; and the weaselly Carl Lindner in the 2018 spring production of Lorraine Hansberry’s A RAISIN IN THE SUN, performed on the campus of Gallaudet University. Paxton exclaims he’s expanding and applying his talents and skills as the Assistant Director for the upcoming performance of A RAISIN IN THE SUN in the spring of 2020. “This is the springboard theater performance with a dynamic production team that will usher in more exciting notable performances with an all Deaf cast”, he adds.
Z: THE OTHER CHRISTMAS STORY is currently in production and will be performed at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York December 13-15 2019.