Larry Powell

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Larry Powell is a true artist born and raised in South Central L.A. As an actor he has premiered some of the most exciting New Plays of the past decade including The Christians by Lucas Hnath, The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez, Father Comes Home From The Wars by Suzan Lori Parks, Brokeology by Nathan Louis Jackson, While I Yet Live by Billy Porter, Curve of Departure by Rachel Bonds, Seared by Theresa Rebeck, and Bronzeville by Aaron Woolfolk and Tim Toyama. He also stars as Lawrence in the movie The Browsing Effect (PrimeVideo). He's been nominated for and won a host of fancy acting awards for his work on stage. But, more importantly, he continues to build a mighty network of exquisite, multicultural changemaking artists. That has been the most rewarding aspect of his career. He is the recipient of the 2021 IAMA Theatre Company Shonda Rhimes Unsung Voices Playwriting Award and is an inaugural Circle of Confusion Writers Discovery Fellow. He wrote the play The Gaze, a 2021 O'Neill NPC finalist, and adapted it into an award-winning digital series during the early days of the pandemic. The Gaze Series is a 2021 EMMY Award Nominee, 2021 Webby Award Honoree, and the 2021 Micheaux Film Festival’s Best Comedic Digital Series Winner. He also wrote, directed, produced, and starred in his debut feature film project Mother’s Milk: A Film Quilt (2021 Seattle International Film Festival’s New American Cinema Special Jury Prize). Serving as Adjunct Lecturer, Larry has directed stellar productions of The Brothers Size and Pipeline at USC's School of Dramatic Arts. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama and Founder of Free The Arts, a holistic experience for diverse, intergenerational Black artists to put-each-other-on-game through quality training, community, opportunity, and new, bold works for a new audience. Photo by Lelund Durond Thompson.