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Lemon Andersen is a performance artist, playwright, brand architect, and Tony Award-winning poet.

He first garnered national attention appearing in Russell Simmons' "Def Poetry Jam" on Broadway in 2002, which won a Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event and netted Andersen a Drama Desk nomination for his writing. Andersen also appeared in eight episodes of HBO's ode to spoken word, Def Poetry.

Over the past decade, Andersen has performed in venues across the country, from New York's Nuyorican Poets Cafe to Hollywood's Kodak Theater. He has appeared in four Spike Lee films, including Inside Man opposite Denzel Washington and The Soloist with Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx, and was the subject of the documentary Lemon, a look at his journey from three-time felon to bold-faced name - and how leaving one's past behind just isn't that simple.

In 2011, TED invited Andersen to perform at their inaugural TEDYouth event, live streamed to 16 countries. He was also selected to join the Sundance Institute's Playwrights Retreat that same year and, in the spring of 2012, he participated in Australia's Sydney Writers' Festival and New Zealand's Auckland Writers & Readers Festival.

Andersen's portfolio also includes work in branding, which he began in 2003 when Wieden+Kennedy enlisted him to create an original poem encapsulating their vision for LeBron James and Nike Basketball. Nike credits Andersen's prose and command performance of the poem "King" as having been an invaluable touch in closing their deal with James.

Lemon Andersen's latest endeavor is "ToasT," a new play commissioned by the Sundance Institute. He has been interviewed and profiled by NPR, The New York Times, NBC, and The Wall Street Journal and has led college workshops, speaking engagements, and performances at campuses ranging from the University of Wisconsin and Syracuse University to the University of Michigan and the University of California-Berkeley.

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Speaking Topics
  • Creating for Ethnic Minorities

    As a playwright, speaker Lemon Andersen delves into various cultural backgrounds to create characters his audiences may not necessarily be familiar with. In his play "ToasT," for instance, he breathes life into the fabled "Dolomite" by giving him the language of 1971 "blaxploitation," thereby creating a strong black character even though Andersen himself is not African American. Speaking to campuses and associations around the country, Andersen employs the vernacular of different ethnic minorities to introduce students and other groups to these different voices and perspectives. He then provides insight on how to write
    • and create
    • these different voices in order to generate pertinent dialogue on diversity in America.

  • The New Latino

    As past elections have all too clearly shown, Latinos in the US have become a prized commodity. Politicians on either end of the spectrum lump Hispanics together in a single category to obtain their votes; but by doing so, they fail to recognize the vast differences that exist among various Latino groups. Hispanics from the Dominican Republic, for instance, have a drastically different history and culture than Chicanos from Mexico and partake in different sociopolitical conversations. In this presentation, speaker Lemon Andersen discusses the cultural differences and common threads among various groups of Latinos in the US as a representative of the "new Latino," which he defines as an American of Hispanic origin who no longer speaks Spanish and struggles with his or her identity as a Hispanic American. As a powerful voice in the theatre, Andersen uses art to help new Latinos
    • whether of Caribbean or Mexican descent
    • carve an identity for themselves in the US.

  • Lemon: Breaking in the Door to Have Your Voice Heard

    To speaker Lemon Andersen, poetry is a weapon he wields to bring his audience to the theatre. In this presentation, he shares his struggle in finding his way to the stage
    • from growing up with parents addicted to heroin to becoming a three-time felon to winning a Tony Award for his work with "Def Poetry Jam." He will present the documentary Lemon, a feature-length film that follows his desperate battle to move into a brighter future while asking the question, "can any of us really escape the past?" Andersen inspires his audience to find their voice and let it be heard.

  • Spoken Word & Branding

    Ever since Wieden+Kennedy enlisted him to create an original poem encapsulating their vision for LeBron James and Nike Basketball, speaker Lemon Andersen has produced unique work for brands, from products to people. In a campaign backed by Boost Mobile for the 2011 NBA playoffs, he penned an original piece centering on Carmelo Anthony's blockbuster trade to the New York Knicks. His creative writing formed the campaign's backbone and Spike Lee directed Carmelo in a commercial spot featuring Andersen’s writing and voiceover. In this presentation, speaker Lemon Andersen shares how he adapts spoken word to his brand work to share a distinct cultural perspective.

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  • HOW TO BOOK Lemon Andersen?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Lemon Andersen for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Lemon Andersen, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Lemon Andersen or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Lemon Andersen?

    Booking fees for Lemon Andersen, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Lemon Andersen, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Lemon Andersen?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Lemon Andersen for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Lemon Andersen for your next private or corporate function.
  • WHAT IS A FULL-SERVICE TALENT BOOKING AGENCY?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Lemon Andersen or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Lemon Andersen or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Lemon Andersen

Poet & Actor

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Lemon Andersen Biography

Lemon Andersen is a performance artist, playwright, brand architect, and Tony Award-winning poet.

He first garnered national attention appearing in Russell Simmons' "Def Poetry Jam" on Broadway in 2002, which won a Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event and netted Andersen a Drama Desk nomination for his writing. Andersen also appeared in eight episodes of HBO's ode to spoken word, Def Poetry.

Over the past decade, Andersen has performed in venues across the country, from New York's Nuyorican Poets Cafe to Hollywood's Kodak Theater. He has appeared in four Spike Lee films, including Inside Man opposite Denzel Washington and The Soloist with Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx, and was the subject of the documentary Lemon, a look at his journey from three-time felon to bold-faced name - and how leaving one's past behind just isn't that simple.

In 2011, TED invited Andersen to perform at their inaugural TEDYouth event, live streamed to 16 countries. He was also selected to join the Sundance Institute's Playwrights Retreat that same year and, in the spring of 2012, he participated in Australia's Sydney Writers' Festival and New Zealand's Auckland Writers & Readers Festival.

Andersen's portfolio also includes work in branding, which he began in 2003 when Wieden+Kennedy enlisted him to create an original poem encapsulating their vision for LeBron James and Nike Basketball. Nike credits Andersen's prose and command performance of the poem "King" as having been an invaluable touch in closing their deal with James.

Lemon Andersen's latest endeavor is "ToasT," a new play commissioned by the Sundance Institute. He has been interviewed and profiled by NPR, The New York Times, NBC, and The Wall Street Journal and has led college workshops, speaking engagements, and performances at campuses ranging from the University of Wisconsin and Syracuse University to the University of Michigan and the University of California-Berkeley.

Lemon Andersen Videos

  • Lemon Andersen performs "Please don't take my Air Jordans"

Lemon Andersen Speaking Topics

  • Creating for Ethnic Minorities

    As a playwright, speaker Lemon Andersen delves into various cultural backgrounds to create characters his audiences may not necessarily be familiar with. In his play "ToasT," for instance, he breathes life into the fabled "Dolomite" by giving him the language of 1971 "blaxploitation," thereby creating a strong black character even though Andersen himself is not African American. Speaking to campuses and associations around the country, Andersen employs the vernacular of different ethnic minorities to introduce students and other groups to these different voices and perspectives. He then provides insight on how to write
    • and create
    • these different voices in order to generate pertinent dialogue on diversity in America.

  • The New Latino

    As past elections have all too clearly shown, Latinos in the US have become a prized commodity. Politicians on either end of the spectrum lump Hispanics together in a single category to obtain their votes; but by doing so, they fail to recognize the vast differences that exist among various Latino groups. Hispanics from the Dominican Republic, for instance, have a drastically different history and culture than Chicanos from Mexico and partake in different sociopolitical conversations. In this presentation, speaker Lemon Andersen discusses the cultural differences and common threads among various groups of Latinos in the US as a representative of the "new Latino," which he defines as an American of Hispanic origin who no longer speaks Spanish and struggles with his or her identity as a Hispanic American. As a powerful voice in the theatre, Andersen uses art to help new Latinos
    • whether of Caribbean or Mexican descent
    • carve an identity for themselves in the US.

  • Lemon: Breaking in the Door to Have Your Voice Heard

    To speaker Lemon Andersen, poetry is a weapon he wields to bring his audience to the theatre. In this presentation, he shares his struggle in finding his way to the stage
    • from growing up with parents addicted to heroin to becoming a three-time felon to winning a Tony Award for his work with "Def Poetry Jam." He will present the documentary Lemon, a feature-length film that follows his desperate battle to move into a brighter future while asking the question, "can any of us really escape the past?" Andersen inspires his audience to find their voice and let it be heard.

  • Spoken Word & Branding

    Ever since Wieden+Kennedy enlisted him to create an original poem encapsulating their vision for LeBron James and Nike Basketball, speaker Lemon Andersen has produced unique work for brands, from products to people. In a campaign backed by Boost Mobile for the 2011 NBA playoffs, he penned an original piece centering on Carmelo Anthony's blockbuster trade to the New York Knicks. His creative writing formed the campaign's backbone and Spike Lee directed Carmelo in a commercial spot featuring Andersen’s writing and voiceover. In this presentation, speaker Lemon Andersen shares how he adapts spoken word to his brand work to share a distinct cultural perspective.

FAQs on booking Lemon Andersen

  • How to book Lemon Andersen?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Lemon Andersen for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Lemon Andersen, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Lemon Andersen or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Lemon Andersen?

    Booking fees for Lemon Andersen, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Lemon Andersen, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Lemon Andersen?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Lemon Andersen for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Lemon Andersen for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Lemon Andersen or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Lemon Andersen or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Lemon Andersen is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Lemon Andersen for your event is available upon request. Lemon Andersen generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Spike Lee, Moe BellaGloria, Michael Chernus, Toby Sebastian and Ann Hood. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Lemon Andersen for an upcoming event.

Lemon Andersen Speaker Videos

  • Lemon Andersen performs "Please don't take my Air Jordans"

Lemon Andersen Speaking Topics

  • Creating for Ethnic Minorities

    As a playwright, speaker Lemon Andersen delves into various cultural backgrounds to create characters his audiences may not necessarily be familiar with. In his play "ToasT," for instance, he breathes life into the fabled "Dolomite" by giving him the language of 1971 "blaxploitation," thereby creating a strong black character even though Andersen himself is not African American. Speaking to campuses and associations around the country, Andersen employs the vernacular of different ethnic minorities to introduce students and other groups to these different voices and perspectives. He then provides insight on how to write
    • and create
    • these different voices in order to generate pertinent dialogue on diversity in America.

  • The New Latino

    As past elections have all too clearly shown, Latinos in the US have become a prized commodity. Politicians on either end of the spectrum lump Hispanics together in a single category to obtain their votes; but by doing so, they fail to recognize the vast differences that exist among various Latino groups. Hispanics from the Dominican Republic, for instance, have a drastically different history and culture than Chicanos from Mexico and partake in different sociopolitical conversations. In this presentation, speaker Lemon Andersen discusses the cultural differences and common threads among various groups of Latinos in the US as a representative of the "new Latino," which he defines as an American of Hispanic origin who no longer speaks Spanish and struggles with his or her identity as a Hispanic American. As a powerful voice in the theatre, Andersen uses art to help new Latinos
    • whether of Caribbean or Mexican descent
    • carve an identity for themselves in the US.

  • Lemon: Breaking in the Door to Have Your Voice Heard

    To speaker Lemon Andersen, poetry is a weapon he wields to bring his audience to the theatre. In this presentation, he shares his struggle in finding his way to the stage
    • from growing up with parents addicted to heroin to becoming a three-time felon to winning a Tony Award for his work with "Def Poetry Jam." He will present the documentary Lemon, a feature-length film that follows his desperate battle to move into a brighter future while asking the question, "can any of us really escape the past?" Andersen inspires his audience to find their voice and let it be heard.

  • Spoken Word & Branding

    Ever since Wieden+Kennedy enlisted him to create an original poem encapsulating their vision for LeBron James and Nike Basketball, speaker Lemon Andersen has produced unique work for brands, from products to people. In a campaign backed by Boost Mobile for the 2011 NBA playoffs, he penned an original piece centering on Carmelo Anthony's blockbuster trade to the New York Knicks. His creative writing formed the campaign's backbone and Spike Lee directed Carmelo in a commercial spot featuring Andersen’s writing and voiceover. In this presentation, speaker Lemon Andersen shares how he adapts spoken word to his brand work to share a distinct cultural perspective.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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