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Kenny Leon


Director, Producer, Actor

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Kenny Leon


Director, Producer, Actor


Bio

Kenny's Accepting the 2014 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play for "A Raisin in the Sun" 

KENNY LEON (Director) is a Tony Award winning Broadway and film director. His Broadway credits include the 2014 revival of A Raisin in the Sun starring Denzel Washington(Tony Award Winner for Best Direction of a Play and Best Revival), The Mountaintop starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, Stick Fly produced by Alicia Keys, August Wilson's Fences (which garnered ten Tony nominations and won three Tony Awards including Best Revival), the 2004 revival of A Raisin in the Sun with Sean P. Diddy Combs, Gem of the Ocean, Radio Golf and the 2014 premiere of Holler if You Hear Me, a new musical created using the music of Tupac Shakur. Leon's recent film work includes "In My Dreams" for Hallmark Hall of Fame, "The Watsons go to Birmingham" for Walden Media and Hallmark, and the Sony and Lifetime TV adaptation of "Steel Magnolias". Leon is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2010 Julia Hansen Award for Excellence in Directing by the Drama League of New York.

Mr. Leon is the Artistic Director of  Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.  Prior to co-founding True Colors Theatre Company, he served 11 years as Artistic Director of the Alliance Theatre, where he produced the premieres of Disney's Elaborate Lives: The Legend of Aida, Pearl Cleage's Blues for an Alabama Sky and Alfred Uhry's The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Other directorial credits include Alicia Keys World Tour, Toni Morrison's opera, Margaret Garner, the world premiere of Flashdance, The Musical, and the complete August Wilson Century Cycle at the Kennedy Center.  Leon is a sought after motivational speaker that has done acting and theatre workshops at universities and corporate offices around the country, South Africa and Ireland.  He has directed in England, and extensively throughout the US, including Chicago's Goodman Theatre, Boston's Huntington Theatre, Baltimore's Center Stage, Los Angeles' Center Theatre Group and New York's Public Theatre.  Leon is a graduate of Clark Atlanta and is an honorary Ph.D. recipient of Clark Atlanta and Roosevelt Universities.  He is currently serving as the Denzel Washington Chair at Fordhom University

 

The Storied Journey

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Latest Projects


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Latest Projects


Lights Camera...Action

 

Coming Soon

Children of a Lesser God

Tony winner Kenny Leon will stage the 1980 play revival, scheduled for the 2015-16 season


Most Recent 

Holler If Ya Hear Me

Directed by Kenny Leon

Holler If Ya Hear Me, the world inside Tupac Shakur’s music and lyrics, blazes to life in a non-biographical story about friendship, family, revenge, change and hope. Inner city lives struggle for peace against the daily challenges they face in this entertaining and original musical. Through the poetry of one of the 20th century’s most influential and culturally prominent voices, we are given a window into realities of the streets still relevant today.


 

 

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Awards


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Awards



  • People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People”
  • Martell Cognac “Rise Above” Award, honoring his artistry and entrepreneurial spirit
  • “Top 20 Southerners to Watch” by the Financial Times of London Magazine
  • Atlanta Business League Trailblazer Award
  • The MIT Eugene McDermott Award
  • Boston Theater Award for Best Director
  • Outstanding Director, National Black Theatre Festival, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Maynard Holbrook Jackson Award, Atlanta, GA
  • “Kenny Leon Day” proclamation by Lt. Governor Mark Taylor, October 2003Recipient, Suzi Bass Award, Atlanta, GA“Kenny Leon Day” proclamation from the City of Atlanta Mayors, Shirley Franklin, Bill Campbell and Maynard Jackson
  • “Kenny Leon Day” proclamation from Fulton County
  • Living Legend Award
  • Fox 5 Living Legend Award
  • Citation from Georgia Commission on Women
  • 2014 Tony Award for Best Director of a Play

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Portfolio


Dreams Realized

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Portfolio


Dreams Realized

Stage

Broadway

Off Broadway

  • 2006 Emergence-See!
  • 1999 Everybody's Ruby

Shows

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True Colors


Theatre Company

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True Colors


Theatre Company

When Artistic Director Kenny Leon and Managing Director Jane Bishop teamed up in 2002 to design a new theatre, they envisioned a smartly-managed, inclusive theatre company that would achieve both local and national impact. Thanks to a tremendous outpouring of support, their vision has quickly turned into reality.

The name True Colors Theatre Company reflects a promise to search for truth and clarity. True Colors Theatre Company's mission is creating a moveable feast of theatre grounded in the rich canon of African-American classics and branching out to include bold interpretations of world drama and a strong commitment to diverse new voices, helping to develop those early-career writers who are creating tomorrow's classics today.

True Colors Theatre Company intends to be an important voice in the American discussion of diversity, supporting and propelling individuals and institutions in their quest for understanding. Operationally, the company will strive to remain fiscally sound and small enough that every individual who works there can be heard, be accountable, get better at what they do, and live out True Colors' core values.

Production History

Check out True Colors previous productions
Production History.

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Social Media / Contact


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Social Media / Contact



MEDIA INQUIRIES 

kleonassist@gmail.com

404 545 4716

PUBLIC RELATIONS

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404 545 4716

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