Jamil Jude is a freelance 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 Co-Producer of the The New Griots Festival. Additionally, he is a participant in the Leadership U: One-on-One program, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group. The program provides him a residency at Park Square Theatre, in St. Paul, MN, where he works as the Artistic Programming Associate, and is 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, Daleko Arts, Freshwater Theatre, Theatre in the Round, and Lakeshore Players. Upcoming local directing projects include History Theatre, University of Minnesota, Augsburg College, and Stages Theatre Company.
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.
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
Co-Producer: The New Griots Festival
Board Member: Minnesota Theater Alliance
Board Member: Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
Board Member: Minnesota Fringe Festival
Guest Lecturer, Augsburg University
Guest Lecturer, St. Cloud State University
Panelist, Career Expo, Guthrie Theatre