Jamil Jude is a director, producer, playwright, and dramaturg. Self-identifying as an “Artist Plus“, Jamil feels most at home bringing socially relevant art to the community.
Jamil is the Associate Artistic Director at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta, GA as well as the Co-Founder of The New Griots Festival.
He was a participant in the Leadership U: One-on-One program, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group. The program provided him a residency at Park Square Theatre, in St. Paul, MN, where he worked as Artistic Programming Associate.
Prior to that, he served as the National New Play Network (NNPN) Producer-in-Residence at Mixed Blood Theatre Company.
Before joining Mixed Blood, Jamil served as a New Play Producing Fellow at Arena Stage in Washington, DC.
Jamil has helmed productions for companies such as the Olney Theatre, Forum Theatre, and Curious Theatre, as well as various Twin Cities’ theatre companies, including Park Square Theatre, History Theatre, Freshwater Theatre, Stages Theatre Company, and Daleko Arts.
Jamil's next directing project is KING HEDLEY II at True Colors, running 2/13 through 3/11/2018.
As a playwright, Jamil was the 2013-14 Jerome Many Voices Mentee at The Playwrights’ Center, where he remains an affiliated writer.
Jamil talks with Marc about sharing the African Diaspora experience through his work, his new role with True Colors Theatre, his vision for 21st century theater with more community conversations around the art, his deep appreciation for the plays of August Wilson, and his desire and hope for more diversity and opportunities for people of color in theater communities.
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spot lightning round with Jamil Jude:
- What's a play that everyone should see or read at least once? – Passing Strange by Stew and Heidi Rodeman
- What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – “Be good or Be good at it”
- If you could sing one song on The Voice, what would it be? – “My Boo by Usher and Alicia Keys”
- If you had a superpower, what would it be? – “Lightning-fast Travel”
- What’s your favorite word? – “Sure”
people and resources mentioned:
- King Hedley II – Newest directing project.
- True Colors Theatre Company– Jamil serves as Associate Artistic Director with Artistic Director Kenny Leon
- Colgate University – Jamil attended on athletic scholarship and found a passion for theater after injury. He appeared in an original play by Will Arnold at Urban Theater that sparked his interest. Then, Jamil wrote his own play.
- New Griots Festival – Co-founded with Josh Wilder to connect emerging Black artists of various artistic disciplines in the Twin Cities
- Second Stage – Commissioning new works for Broadway from Lydia R. Diamond and Dominque Morrisseau that will be developed in association with True Colors
- Marion McClinton – Tony-nominated director and a mentor for Jamil
getting in touch with jamil:
Connect with Jamil at jamiljude.com
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