Jamil Jude

Jamil Jude is a director, producer, playwright, and dramaturg. Self-identifying as an "Artist Plus", Jamil feels most at home bringing socially relevant art to the community.

Jamil is the Associate Artistic Director at Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia as well as the Co-Founder of The New Griots Festival. He is former participant in the Leadership U: One-on-One program, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group. The program provided him a residency at Park Square Theatre, in St. Paul, MN, where he worked as the Artistic Programming Associate, and was mentored by Richard Cook, Artistic Director. Prior to that, he served as the National New Play Network (NNPN) Producer in Residence at Mixed Blood Theatre Company for three seasons. He remains an Affiliated Artist with NNPN. Before joining the staff at Mixed Blood, Jamil served as a New Play Producing Fellow at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. His interest in social justice and theatre continues to drive his work, including co-founding a culturally relevant theatre company, Colored People's Theatre, in Washington, DC.

Jamil has helmed productions for D.C. area companies such as Olney Theatre and Forum Theatre, as well as various Twin Cities’ theatre companies, including Park Square Theatre, History Theatre, Freshwater Theatre, Theatre in the Round, Stages Theatre Company, Daleko Arts and Lakeshore Players. Jamil has also taught and directed at Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN.

Jamil's next directing projects are APPROPRIATE at Curious Theatre in Denver, CO and KING HEDLEY II at True Colors.

As a playwright, Jamil was the 2013/14 Jerome Many Voices Mentee at The Playwrights’ Center, where he remains an affiliated writer. He has been commissioned by CLIMB Theatre and has been produced by CLIMB and by the D.C. Black Theater Festival. 

Awards

Recipient, Leadership U[niversity], Andrew W. Mellon/TCG (2015)

Management Fellowship, Nautilus Music Theater, 2014/15

SDCF Observership Member, 2014/15

Finalist, SPARK Leadership Program, TCG, 2014

Jerome Foundation Many Voices Mentorship, 2013/14

National New Play Network Producer Residency, 2011/12; 2012/13

Speaking Engagements

Guest Lecturer, RedLine

Guest Lecturer, Augsburg University

Guest Lecturer, St. Cloud State University

Panelist, Diversity and TYA: Action Steps for a Bright Future, Theatre for Young Audiences/USA

Panelist, Career Expo, Guthrie Theatre