AKIN BABATUNDE (Director) is an accomplished actor, director, and writer whose theatrical career spans the off-Broadway, regional theatre, film and television. He has been a resident company member of prestigious theatrical institutions throughout the country: Trinity Rep (Providence, R.I.), Alley Theater (Houston), La Mama Theater (New York) and the Dallas Theater Center. He served as founder and artistic director of Vivid Theater Ensemble of Dallas and founder of Ebony Emeralds Classic Theater Company. Akin was the first African American to direct for the Dallas Shakespeare Festival in the celebrated diverse production of Taming of the Shrew in 1993. As a writer, his work has been commissioned by Florida Stage, La Mama Theater, the Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Brown University, the Black Academy of Arts and the and Core Ensemble. Akin's work has been awarded a Dallas Observer Best Actor Award (the first African-American to receive this distinction), several Dallas Critics Forum Awards, the 2010 Leon Rabin Award and the 2004 Legacy of Success Alvin Ailey Performing Arts Award. Mr. Babatunde received the coveted Audelco award for his direction of Blind Lemon Blues at the York Theater and a 2015 Audelco nomination for his direction of Texas in Paris. His one-man show written with his brother, Emmy award winning actor Obba Babatunde, entitled Before the Second Set- a visit with Satchmo had its world premiere at TBAAL and received critical acclaim at theaters across the country. Mr. Babatunde' holds a Masters degree from the University of Texas and was honored with a 2012 distinguished alumni award from the school of Arts and Humanities. He was also the inaugural recipient of the Theodore U Horger artist in residence for the visual and performing arts at Lehigh University. This past summer Mr. Babatunde received critical acclaim in the his one-man show co-written with longtime collaborator Dr. Alan Govenar in the York Theater's off-Broadway hit Lonesome Blues. He currently serves as an adjunct professor of Humanities and Theater at Mountainview Community College.
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