Larry Powell is a faculty member at the USC School of Dramatic Arts, teaching in the MFA Acting program. He is a writer, actor, director and producer born and raised in South Central L.A. He is a two-time Ovation Award nominee, three-time NAACP Theatre Award nominee, San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Award nominee, two-time LA Drama Critics Circle Award winner, as well as an Audelco and Audie Award nominee.
As an actor, he’s originated and premiered roles in some of the most exciting new plays in America including The Christians by Lucas Hnath, The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez, Father Comes Home From The Wars by Suzan-Lori Parks — opposite Sterling K. Brown, Brokeology by Nathan Louis Jackson, and While I Yet Live by Billy Porter (playing the lead role based on Billy Porter). Powell stars as Lawrence in the movie The Browsing Effect (now streaming).
He is also a published playwright and professional screenwriter. He most recently finished as screenwriter on an upcoming feature film which wrapped in NYC spring 2019. He has three plays that will receive world premieres over the next two years. He is a core playwright at the Lark Play Development Center.
As a director, he has worked with several contemporary playwrights on exciting new works — directing fancy staged readings and workshops, as well as his own feature film project Mother’s Milk. He has been mentored by the likes of Michele Shay, Robert O’Hara, Elizabeth Van Dyke and Phylicia Rashad (assistant director; Center Theatre Group’s production of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom).
Powell is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama and the Founder/Creative Director of The Powell Academy of the Performing Arts, an arts organization providing high-performance training and resources to historically marginalized artists on the rise in the mainstream entertainment industry.