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Kenny Leon

Tony Award-Winning Broadway Film Director & Producer; Co-Founder of True Colors Theater Company

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Kenny Leon Biography

Kenny Leon 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, The Mountaintop starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, Stick Fly produced by Alicia Keys, August Wilson's Fences, 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.

He gained prominence in 1988, when he became one of the few African Americans to head a notable nonprofit theater company as the artistic director of Atlanta's Alliance Theatre Company. While there, 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. Today, Leon is the Artistic Director of Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.

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.

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 previously held the Denzel Washington Endowed Chair in Theatre at Fordham University, also previously held by Joe Morton and Phylicia Rashad.

His memoir, "Take You Wherever You Go," was released in June, 2018, by Grand Central Publishing. The title derives advice he received from his grandmother, Mamie Wilson.

In January 2019 it was announced Leon would adapt the play American Son to become a Netflix film.

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    Booking fees for Kenny Leon, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking 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 Kenny Leon, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Kenny Leon 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 Kenny Leon for your next private or corporate function.
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Tony Award-Winning Broadway Film Director & Producer; Co-Founder of True Colors Theater Company

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Kenny Leon Biography

Kenny Leon 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, The Mountaintop starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, Stick Fly produced by Alicia Keys, August Wilson's Fences, 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.

He gained prominence in 1988, when he became one of the few African Americans to head a notable nonprofit theater company as the artistic director of Atlanta's Alliance Theatre Company. While there, 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. Today, Leon is the Artistic Director of Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.

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.

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 previously held the Denzel Washington Endowed Chair in Theatre at Fordham University, also previously held by Joe Morton and Phylicia Rashad.

His memoir, "Take You Wherever You Go," was released in June, 2018, by Grand Central Publishing. The title derives advice he received from his grandmother, Mamie Wilson.

In January 2019 it was announced Leon would adapt the play American Son to become a Netflix film.

Kenny Leon Videos

  • Wise Words from My Grandmother | Kenny Leon | Goalcast
    One of Broadway's leading directors, Kenny Leon delivers a compelling series of lessons his hero once shared with him. ► Watch all Goalcast...
  • Kenny Leon: From Miccosukee Road to Broadway
    Pat Collins invites Kenny Leon to discuss his successful career as an Director/Actor and his enduring friendships with Samuel L. Jackson and Denzel...
  • Phylicia Rashad and Kenny Leon on Their Special Relationship
    Phylicia Rashad calls Kenny Leon "her director." Find out why in these highlights from the Chicago Ideas event "Kenny Leon: In Conversation with...

FAQs on booking Kenny Leon

  • How to book Kenny Leon?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Kenny Leon for both live and virtual events 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 for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Kenny Leon, 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 Kenny Leon or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Kenny Leon?

    Booking fees for Kenny Leon, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking 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 Kenny Leon, 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 Kenny Leon?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Kenny Leon 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 Kenny Leon 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 Kenny Leon or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Kenny Leon 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.

Kenny Leon is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Kenny Leon for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Kenny Leon generally travels from Atlanta, GA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Anika Noni Rose, Alfre Woodard, F. Gary Gray, Common and John Legend. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Kenny Leon for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Kenny Leon Speaker Videos

  • Wise Words from My Grandmother | Kenny Leon | Goalcast
    One of Broadway's leading directors, Kenny Leon delivers a compelling series of lessons his hero once shared with him. ► Watch all Goalcast inspirational videos:...
    Kenny Leon: From Miccosukee Road to Broadway
    Pat Collins invites Kenny Leon to discuss his successful career as an Director/Actor and his enduring friendships with Samuel L. Jackson and Denzel Washington. Kenny also explains his approach to...
  • Phylicia Rashad and Kenny Leon on Their Special Relationship
    Phylicia Rashad calls Kenny Leon "her director." Find out why in these highlights from the Chicago Ideas event "Kenny Leon: In Conversation with Phylicia Rashad."

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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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