Colman Domingo

Professor of Acting

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Award-winning actor, director, playwright and producer Colman Domingo can currently be seen starring alongside Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman in the Netflix film adaption of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, for which he garnered an Independent Spirit nomination for Best Supporting Male, as well as an NAACP nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Cutler. A Newport Beach Film Festival’s Artist of Distinction award recipient, he has also received Tony®, Lawrence Olivier, Drama Desk, Drama League, NAACP Image and Black Reel Award nominations, and OBIE and Lucille Lortel Awards.

In addition to Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Domingo’s work as an actor can also be seen in Amazon Prime’s recently released Without Remorse, opposite Michael B. Jordan, and will next be seen in A24’s Zola, Vertical’s The God Committee — as well as Universal’s Candyman. Past film credits include SelmaIf Beale Street Could TalkLincolnThe Butler and more.

On the small screen, Domingo currently stars in AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead as Victor Strand. He can also be seen hosting the third season of his chat show Bottomless Brunch at Colman’s for Last December, he returned to HBO’s Euphoria for a Special Christmas episode receiving critical acclaim. Past television projects include NothingmanThe Twilight ZoneThe Knick and Lucifer, as well as voicing characters in American Dad and Bojack Horseman.

On stage, he is known for starring in The Scottsboro BoysMr. Venus of BerlinPassing Strange, among many others. He has also directed celebrated plays including A Guide for the HomesickPilgrims for the LarkBarbequeSeven Guitars and many more. In 2020, the Vineyard Theatre established “The Colman Domingo Award” – an award given annually to a multi-faceted and male-identifying theatre artist to provide support and resources to create new work.

As a writer, his plays and musicals include Dot (Samuel French), Wild with Happy (Dramatist Play Service), A Boy and His Soul (Oberon Books), the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical Summer: The Donna Summer Musical and the Geffen Playhouse’s groundbreaking musical Light’s Out: Nat King Cole. His plays have been produced by The Public Theater, Vineyard, La Jolla Playhouse, Humana Festival of New American Plays, New York Stage and Film, A.C.T, The Tricycle Theater in London, Brisbane Powerhouse in Australia, among others.

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