Kenny Leon

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Kenny Leon is the Founding Artistic Director for True Colors Theatre Company. In April of this year Kenny worked with female survivors of Katrina in collaboration with Eve Ensler and V-Day on a piece entitled Swimming Upstream, staged at the Superdome in New Orleans and again as the opening piece for the 08-09 season at True Colors. In September 2008 he directed August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean at the Alliance Theatre and prior to that the world premiere of Flashdance: The Musical which opened this past July in London. He directed August Wilson’s Radio Golf on Broadway (four Tony nominations), August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean on Broadway (five Tony nominations), and the Tony Award winning revival of A Raisin in the Sun (Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Director of a Play). In March Kenny was also the Artistic Director of August Wilson’s 20th Century for the Kennedy Center. Other directing credits include the film, A Raisin in the Sun, the world premiere of Toni Morrison’s opera Margaret Garner at the Michigan Opera Theater, the Off-Broadway hit Emergence-SEE! written and performed by Daniel Beatty; Blues from an Alabama Sky and From Mississippi Delta (Huntington Theatre). Prior to his role as Founding Artistic Director, Kenny was Artistic Director of the Alliance Theatre for more than a decade, where he produced ten world premieres, including Elton John’s Aida and Debbie Allen’s Soul Possessed. Kenny’s next theatrical project will include directing the stage adaptation of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner on Broadway, written by Todd Kreidler. Kenny has directed at regional theatres throughout the country, including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, San Jose Rep, Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, Boston’s Huntington Theatre, Hartford Stage, Baltimore’s Center Stage, New York’s Public Theatre, Los Angeles’ Center Theatre Group, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Dallas Theatre Center, Georgia Shakespeare, Washington D.C.’s Arena Stage and Theatre of the Stars. One of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” in 2004, he received the MIT Eugene McDermott Award and Martell Cognac’s “Rise Above Award”, honoring his artistry and entrepreneurial spirit. Mr. Leon is a graduate and honorary Ph.D. of Clark Atlanta University and was chosen as one of the “Top 20 Southerners to Watch” by London’s Financial Times.


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