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Woodie King Jr.

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Woodie King, Jr. founded the New Federal Theatre and the National Black Touring Circuit in New York City in 1970. Since then, King has produced shows both on and off Broadway, and has directed performances across the country in venues like the New York Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Playhouse, Center Stage of Baltimore and the Pittsburgh Public Theatre. His work has earned him numerous nominations and awards over the years, including a 1988 NAACP Image Award for his direction of Checkmates and 1993 Audelco Awards for Best Director and Best Play for his production of Robert Johnson: Trick The Devil. King has also received an Obie Award for Sustained Achievement. He holds honorary doctorates from the College of Wooster, Wayne State University, and John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY. King has contributed to numerous journals and magazines including Black World, Variety and The Tulane Drama Review, and has written or edited ten books including Black Spirits: New Black Poets in America (Random House) and The Impact of Race: Theater and Culture (Applause Books).

Appearances on CUNY TV

African American Legends

Theater Talk