The Hot Wing King

Coca-Cola Stage
150 minutes including intermission
Recommended for audiences ages 14 and up.

Written and Directed by P-Valley creator, Katori Hall

Winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, The Hot Wing King is a fierce new comedy about the risks and rewards of celebrating who you are. It’s time for Memphis’s annual “Hot Wang Festival,” and Cordell knows he has the wings that’ll make him king. Supported by his beau Dwayne and best friends who serve as his fry crew “The New Wing Order,” the group settles in for a fun night of pre-competition prep. But when a family emergency forces Dwayne’s troubled nephew into the mix, it quickly becomes a recipe for disaster. Suddenly, the first-place trophy isn’t the only thing that Cordell risks losing. Making its regional debut at Alliance Theatre and directed for the first time by its award-winning playwright Katori Hall (TV: P-Valley, Broadway: Tina: The Tina Turner Musical), The Hot Wing King has been called “flavorful and bitingly funny” by New York Stage Review, and “a delicious new play to be applauded and savored” by Talkin’ Broadway.  

Special Events

  • Pride Night

    Wed, Feb 15
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    6:30 PM // Pre-show reception at Center Space, Woodruff Arts Center
    7:30 PM // PERFORMANCE OF THE HOT WING KING

     

    Celebrate Pride with the Alliance Theatre! Bring your Valentine to the Woodruff Arts Center for an early, pre-show reception to celebrate love. The reception will be held at Center Space, one of the Woodruff Arts Center's fantastic event spaces, and will include light appetizers and a cash bar. Then, see The Hot Wing King, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a fierce new comedy about the risk and rewards of being yourself. 

    Special Presale Offer! Purchase package before February 1 for $10 off! Use code HWKPRIDE to access the $40 package ($50 after February 1) – includes entrance to the reception, light bites, and a ticket to the show*

    *Valid for the February 15 performance of The Hot Wing King only. Cannot be used with any other discount.
     

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  • College Night

    Thu, Feb 16
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    5:30 PM // PRE-SHOW MIXER INCLUDING A SPECIAL Q&A WITH KATORI HALL
    7:30 PM // PERFORMANCE OF THE HOT WING KING

     

    College students are invited to a College Night performance of The Hot Wing King. Hosted by the Alliance Theatre's Spelman interns, this special event includes a ticket to the show and a pre-show mixer with dinner & open mic, plus a special appearance and Q&A with Katori Hall. Use promo code COLLEGENIGHT to book your $15 ticket.* 

    *This offer is valid for college students only. Valid college I.D. must be presented when picking up tickets at Will Call. Not valid on previously purchased tickets or in combination with other offers. 
     

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    Katori Hall
    Katori Hall
    Playwright & Director

    Katori Hall is a Pulitzer Prize and Olivier Award-winning playwright and television creator/producer hailing from Memphis, Tennessee. A two-time Tony Award nominee, she won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play, The Hot Wing King, which she will soon direct for the first time at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre in early 2023. 

    She is currently the showrunner and Executive Producer of the Starz drama series, P-Valley, which she adapted from her stage play Pussy Valley. The critically acclaimed and record-breaking series returned for its second season on June 3, 2022. P-Valley was named to countless ‘Best of 2020’ lists for its first season and, among many honors, has received Gotham, Independent Spirit, GLAAD Media, and NAACP Image Award nominations. Katori recently signed an overall deal with Lionsgate Television to continue to develop and produce groundbreaking content across their linear and streaming platforms. 

    For Broadway, she most recently wrote and produced the hit musical, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, based on the life of the iconic performer, receiving two Tony Award nominations for her work as both playwright for ‘Best Book of a Musical’ and as producer in the ‘Best Musical’ category. For the musical’s acclaimed West End production, she also received an Olivier nomination for ‘Best New Musical.’

    Her play The Mountaintop, which vividly reimagines the final night of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, premiered at Theatre503 in London in 2009, then transferred to the West End, where she won the Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2010. It later opened on Broadway in October 2011 to critical acclaim in a production starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett. The Mountaintop will soon premiere at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles from June 6 – July 9, 2023.

    Katori's other works include the award-winning Hurt Village, which is currently in development as a feature film; plus Hoodoo Love, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, WHADDABLOODCLOT!!!, Our Lady of Kibeho, Purple is the Colour of Mourning and The Blood Quilt.

    She is also the proud recipient of the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, Lark Play Development Center Playwrights of New York (PONY) Fellowship, two Lecompte du Nouy Prizes from Lincoln Center, Fellowship of Southern Writers Bryan Family Award in Drama, NYFA Fellowship, the Columbia University John Jay Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement, National Black Theatre's August Wilson Playwriting Award and the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award. 

    Katori is an alumnus of the Sundance Episodic Lab's inaugural class, as well as the Sundance Screenwriting Lab. She also participated in Ryan Murphy’s Half Foundation Directing Program and directed the award-winning short, Arkabutla.

     

     

  • Before Play with Katori Hall

    Thu, Feb 16
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    6:45 – 7:15 PM, prior to 7:30 performance // Rich Theatre, Woodruff Arts Center

     

    Join us for a pre-show discussion with Katori Hall, playwright and director of The Hot Wing King.

    Before Play discussions are free for ticket holders. No RSVP required. 

     

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    Katori Hall
    Katori Hall
    Playwright & Director

    Katori Hall is a Pulitzer Prize and Olivier Award-winning playwright and television creator/producer hailing from Memphis, Tennessee. A two-time Tony Award nominee, she won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play, The Hot Wing King, which she will soon direct for the first time at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre in early 2023. 

    She is currently the showrunner and Executive Producer of the Starz drama series, P-Valley, which she adapted from her stage play Pussy Valley. The critically acclaimed and record-breaking series returned for its second season on June 3, 2022. P-Valley was named to countless ‘Best of 2020’ lists for its first season and, among many honors, has received Gotham, Independent Spirit, GLAAD Media, and NAACP Image Award nominations. Katori recently signed an overall deal with Lionsgate Television to continue to develop and produce groundbreaking content across their linear and streaming platforms. 

    For Broadway, she most recently wrote and produced the hit musical, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, based on the life of the iconic performer, receiving two Tony Award nominations for her work as both playwright for ‘Best Book of a Musical’ and as producer in the ‘Best Musical’ category. For the musical’s acclaimed West End production, she also received an Olivier nomination for ‘Best New Musical.’

    Her play The Mountaintop, which vividly reimagines the final night of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, premiered at Theatre503 in London in 2009, then transferred to the West End, where she won the Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2010. It later opened on Broadway in October 2011 to critical acclaim in a production starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett. The Mountaintop will soon premiere at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles from June 6 – July 9, 2023.

    Katori's other works include the award-winning Hurt Village, which is currently in development as a feature film; plus Hoodoo Love, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, WHADDABLOODCLOT!!!, Our Lady of Kibeho, Purple is the Colour of Mourning and The Blood Quilt.

    She is also the proud recipient of the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, Lark Play Development Center Playwrights of New York (PONY) Fellowship, two Lecompte du Nouy Prizes from Lincoln Center, Fellowship of Southern Writers Bryan Family Award in Drama, NYFA Fellowship, the Columbia University John Jay Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement, National Black Theatre's August Wilson Playwriting Award and the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award. 

    Katori is an alumnus of the Sundance Episodic Lab's inaugural class, as well as the Sundance Screenwriting Lab. She also participated in Ryan Murphy’s Half Foundation Directing Program and directed the award-winning short, Arkabutla.

     

     

  • Afterwords with the Cast of The Hot Wing King

    Sat, Feb 25
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    Join us for a post-show discussion with the cast of The Hot Wing King.

    Afterwords are free for ticket holders. No RSVP required. 

     

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  • Community Conversation: Our Narrative is Each Other

    Sun, Feb 26
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    After 2:30 PM matinee // Event Room, 2nd Floor – Memorial Arts Building

     

    In Partnership with the COUNTER NARRATIVE PROJECT (CNP) 

    “Our crown has already been bought and paid for. All we have to do is wear it” ― James Baldwin 

    Join Charles Stephens, Executive Director of the Counter Narrative Project, and Jericho Brown, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, for a discussion about the The Hot Wing King that explores narratives of Black gay and queer men in the South, the complexity of relationships between Black men, and the significant act of crowning in the play.  

    This 30 minute post-show conversation is free with a ticket purchase to the matinee performance on February 26. 

     

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    CHARLES STEPHENS 
    Founder and Executive Director of the Counter Narrative Project (CNP)

    Charles Stephens is a social entrepreneur, writer, and founder of the Counter Narrative Project (CNP). He is also the co-editor of the anthology Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam's Call, and has been published in Atlanta Magazine, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Advocate, and Georgia Voice.   

    Jericho Brown
    JERICHO BROWN 
    Charles Howard Candler Professor of English & Creative Writing and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University

    Jericho Brown is author of The Tradition (Copper Canyon 2019), for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and he is the winner of the Whiting Award. His poems have appeared in The Bennington Review, Buzzfeed, Fence, jubilat, The New Republic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, TIME magazine, and several volumes of The Best American Poetry. 

     

     

    Special Thanks to Our Community Partner

     

     

  • Afterwords with the Cast of The Hot Wing King

    Sat, Mar 4
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    Following the 2:30 PM performance // Coca-Cola Stage, Woodruff Arts Center

     

    Join us for a post-show discussion with the cast of The Hot Wing King.

    Afterwords are free for ticket holders. No RSVP required. 

     

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Cast

Nicco Annan (Big Charles) is an immensely talented actor, dancer, and choreographer who, after making his mark in the Off-Broadway and regional theatre communities, has etched his way on the Hollywood scene.

Annan stars on Katori Hall’s critically acclaimed drama series, P-VALLEY, for which he received a 2023 and 2021 NAACP Image Award nomination for “Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series” as well as a 2021 Independent Spirit Award Nomination for "Best Male Performance in a New Scripted Series.”

Also on television, Annan has been featured in recurring and guest-starring roles on series such as SHAMELESS, THIS IS US, SNOWFALL, CLAWS, and HALF SISTERS.

In addition to Annan’s television work as an actor, he and his Motivating Excellence partner, Rhapsody James, choreographed the cotillion piece in the ALL AMERICAN episode titled, “Protect Ya Neck.”

Annan trained under pillars in the American Theatre such as Isreal Hicks, George Faison, and Marilyn McCormick. He trained and earned his BFA from the Conservatory of Acting at Purchase College. Annan made his signature theatre premier in The Hot Wing King by Katori Hall which is a genial play, built around a cooking contest in Memphis. Annan’s other theatre credits include, Katori Hall’s Pussy Valley – World Premiere, Lady Killer's Love Story, Smokey Joe's Café, Five Guys Named Moe, and Storyville.

Nicco Annan
Nicco Annan
Big Charles

Nicco Annan (Big Charles) is an immensely talented actor, dancer, and choreographer who, after making his mark in the Off-Broadway and regional theatre communities, has etched his way on the Hollywood scene.

Annan stars on Katori Hall’s critically acclaimed drama series, P-VALLEY, for which he received a 2023 and 2021 NAACP Image Award nomination for “Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series” as well as a 2021 Independent Spirit Award Nomination for "Best Male Performance in a New Scripted Series.”

Also on television, Annan has been featured in recurring and guest-starring roles on series such as SHAMELESS, THIS IS US, SNOWFALL, CLAWS, and HALF SISTERS.

In addition to Annan’s television work as an actor, he and his Motivating Excellence partner, Rhapsody James, choreographed the cotillion piece in the ALL AMERICAN episode titled, “Protect Ya Neck.”

Annan trained under pillars in the American Theatre such as Isreal Hicks, George Faison, and Marilyn McCormick. He trained and earned his BFA from the Conservatory of Acting at Purchase College. Annan made his signature theatre premier in The Hot Wing King by Katori Hall which is a genial play, built around a cooking contest in Memphis. Annan’s other theatre credits include, Katori Hall’s Pussy Valley – World Premiere, Lady Killer's Love Story, Smokey Joe's Café, Five Guys Named Moe, and Storyville.

Bjorn DuPaty (Cordell) [he/him/his] Broadway: Thoughts of a Colored Man (Wisdom/Lust). Off-Broadway: The Public Theater: A Raisin in the Sun (Walter Lee/Bobo), MLIMA’s TALE (Mlima), Two Mile Hollow (Christopher). Regional Theater: Cleveland Playhouse: Fairfield (Daniel/Charles), Pipeline (Xavier). Huntington Theater: The Bluest Eye (Cholly). Studio Theater (D.C): Pipeline (Xavier), The Hot Wing King (Big Charles). People’s Light Theater: Mudrow (Davin). Humana Festival: Do You Feel Anger (Jordan). Pittsburgh Public Theater: Clybourne Park (Albert/Kevin). National tour: The Acting Co.: Julius Caesar (Julius Caesar), The Comedy of Errors. Film: Demolition. TV: “Alpha House,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “The Blacklist,” “Person of Interest,” “Zero Hour,” “All My Children.” MFA from Rutgers’ University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. www.bjorndupaty.com 

Bjorn DuPaty
Bjorn DuPaty
Cordell

Bjorn DuPaty (Cordell) [he/him/his] Broadway: Thoughts of a Colored Man (Wisdom/Lust). Off-Broadway: The Public Theater: A Raisin in the Sun (Walter Lee/Bobo), MLIMA’s TALE (Mlima), Two Mile Hollow (Christopher). Regional Theater: Cleveland Playhouse: Fairfield (Daniel/Charles), Pipeline (Xavier). Huntington Theater: The Bluest Eye (Cholly). Studio Theater (D.C): Pipeline (Xavier), The Hot Wing King (Big Charles). People’s Light Theater: Mudrow (Davin). Humana Festival: Do You Feel Anger (Jordan). Pittsburgh Public Theater: Clybourne Park (Albert/Kevin). National tour: The Acting Co.: Julius Caesar (Julius Caesar), The Comedy of Errors. Film: Demolition. TV: “Alpha House,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “The Blacklist,” “Person of Interest,” “Zero Hour,” “All My Children.” MFA from Rutgers’ University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. www.bjorndupaty.com 

Myles Alexander Evans (EJ), best known for his role as Miles Taylor on Netflix's "Teenage Bounty Hunters" and Erasmus the wise and insightful soldier in Apple TV's "Dickinson," is wildly excited to join the cast of The Hot Wing King at Alliance Theatre! As a Metro Atlanta native, Myles is especially honored to be performing at the legendary Alliance Theatre for the very first time, bringing his nearly ten years of Film/Television experience back to live performance where his journey started.   

Myles Alexander Evans
Myles Alexander Evans
EJ

Myles Alexander Evans (EJ), best known for his role as Miles Taylor on Netflix's "Teenage Bounty Hunters" and Erasmus the wise and insightful soldier in Apple TV's "Dickinson," is wildly excited to join the cast of The Hot Wing King at Alliance Theatre! As a Metro Atlanta native, Myles is especially honored to be performing at the legendary Alliance Theatre for the very first time, bringing his nearly ten years of Film/Television experience back to live performance where his journey started.   

Armand Fields (Isom) [they/them] is beyond excited and thankful to be making their Alliance Theatre debut with The Hot Wing King! Favorite theatre credits include Balm in Gilead, Ragtime, The Legend of Georgia McBride, and Philip Dawkins’ Charm (World and West Coast Premiere). A graduate of The School at Steppenwolf Theatre, where they understudied DomesticatedThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, and Ms. Blakk for President. TV/Film credits include Work in ProgressThe L Word: Generation QThe Chi (Showtime), Queer as Folk (Peacock), Chicago Fire (NBC) and The Thing About Harry (Freeform). They are eternally grateful to God, The Promises, Katori and the AMAZING cast & crew, and their friends and family (origin & chosen)! Find them on social media: @armandbcfactor 

Armand Fields
Armand Fields
Isom

Armand Fields (Isom) [they/them] is beyond excited and thankful to be making their Alliance Theatre debut with The Hot Wing King! Favorite theatre credits include Balm in Gilead, Ragtime, The Legend of Georgia McBride, and Philip Dawkins’ Charm (World and West Coast Premiere). A graduate of The School at Steppenwolf Theatre, where they understudied DomesticatedThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, and Ms. Blakk for President. TV/Film credits include Work in ProgressThe L Word: Generation QThe Chi (Showtime), Queer as Folk (Peacock), Chicago Fire (NBC) and The Thing About Harry (Freeform). They are eternally grateful to God, The Promises, Katori and the AMAZING cast & crew, and their friends and family (origin & chosen)! Find them on social media: @armandbcfactor 

Jay Jones (TJ) is honored to be a part of this powerful theatrical production of The Hot Wing King at the Alliance Theatre. Jay was recently seen onstage as Blue in the Horizon Theater’s Square Blues, written by Shay Youngblood. Favorite credits include Levee Green in Ma Raineys Black Bottom (Penn Ave Theater; Pittsburgh, PA) and Walter Lee in A Raisin In the Sun (Studio Theater; Buffalo, NY). Jay is also an award-winning film and television actor who can be seen on such hit shows as “P-Valley” (STARZ), “Sweet Magnolias” (NETFLIX), and “ATLANTA” (F/X). Jay would like to thank his family and friends, as well as the talented team at the Alliance for their support through this beautiful process. 

Jay Jones
Jay Jones
TJ

Jay Jones (TJ) is honored to be a part of this powerful theatrical production of The Hot Wing King at the Alliance Theatre. Jay was recently seen onstage as Blue in the Horizon Theater’s Square Blues, written by Shay Youngblood. Favorite credits include Levee Green in Ma Raineys Black Bottom (Penn Ave Theater; Pittsburgh, PA) and Walter Lee in A Raisin In the Sun (Studio Theater; Buffalo, NY). Jay is also an award-winning film and television actor who can be seen on such hit shows as “P-Valley” (STARZ), “Sweet Magnolias” (NETFLIX), and “ATLANTA” (F/X). Jay would like to thank his family and friends, as well as the talented team at the Alliance for their support through this beautiful process. 

Calvin Thompson (Dwayne), a native of South Carolina, is an alum of University of South Carolina-Aiken and AMDA. Recent Credits: The Off-Broadway production of Harlem Hellfighters On A Latin Beat (Pregones PRTT), and FLY (Capitol Rep). Mr. Thompson was also a semi-finalist in the 2019 American Black Film Festival Star Project. Gratitude to God for abundant blessings and to my loved ones for support. Off-Broadway: Couriers & Contrabands, Two Roberts, At Buffalo. NY Theatre: A Soldier's Play, Staged. Regional: The Mountaintop, Esai’s Table, The Bluest Eye, Raisin In The Sun, The Royale, Joe Turner’s Come And Gone, Seven Guitars, The Piano Lesson, Voodoo Macbeth. Film/TV: Ophelia, Ying-Yang, City Of Dreams. IG: @mr.callycal, www.calvinmthompson.com

Calvin Thompson
Calvin Thompson
Dwayne

Calvin Thompson (Dwayne), a native of South Carolina, is an alum of University of South Carolina-Aiken and AMDA. Recent Credits: The Off-Broadway production of Harlem Hellfighters On A Latin Beat (Pregones PRTT), and FLY (Capitol Rep). Mr. Thompson was also a semi-finalist in the 2019 American Black Film Festival Star Project. Gratitude to God for abundant blessings and to my loved ones for support. Off-Broadway: Couriers & Contrabands, Two Roberts, At Buffalo. NY Theatre: A Soldier's Play, Staged. Regional: The Mountaintop, Esai’s Table, The Bluest Eye, Raisin In The Sun, The Royale, Joe Turner’s Come And Gone, Seven Guitars, The Piano Lesson, Voodoo Macbeth. Film/TV: Ophelia, Ying-Yang, City Of Dreams. IG: @mr.callycal, www.calvinmthompson.com

Director

Katori Hall (Director) Memphis native Katori Hall is a Pulitzer Prize and Olivier Award-winning playwright and television creator/producer. A two-time Tony Award nominee, she won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play, The Hot Wing King. Her other works include The Mountaintop, Our Lady of Kibeho, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, The Blood Quilt, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, and Hurt Village, which is being developed into a feature film. She’s also the executive producer and showrunner of “P-VALLEY,” the critically acclaimed and ground-breaking Starz drama based on her play Pussy Valley. Katori is an alumna of Columbia University, A.R.T. at Harvard University, and Juilliard. Katori has been published in publications such as The Boston Globe, The Guardian, and The New York Times. Katori’s other awards include the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, Lark Play Development Center Playwrights of New York (PONY) Fellowship, two Lecompte du Nouy Prizes from Lincoln Center, Fellowship of Southern Writers Bryan Family Award in Drama, NYFA Fellowship, the Columbia University John Jay Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement, National Black Theatre’s August Wilson Playwriting Award, and the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award. She is a proud member of the Ron Brown Scholar Program and the Coca-Cola Scholar Program. 

Katori Hall
Katori Hall
Playwright & Director

Katori Hall (Director) Memphis native Katori Hall is a Pulitzer Prize and Olivier Award-winning playwright and television creator/producer. A two-time Tony Award nominee, she won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play, The Hot Wing King. Her other works include The Mountaintop, Our Lady of Kibeho, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, The Blood Quilt, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, and Hurt Village, which is being developed into a feature film. She’s also the executive producer and showrunner of “P-VALLEY,” the critically acclaimed and ground-breaking Starz drama based on her play Pussy Valley. Katori is an alumna of Columbia University, A.R.T. at Harvard University, and Juilliard. Katori has been published in publications such as The Boston Globe, The Guardian, and The New York Times. Katori’s other awards include the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, Lark Play Development Center Playwrights of New York (PONY) Fellowship, two Lecompte du Nouy Prizes from Lincoln Center, Fellowship of Southern Writers Bryan Family Award in Drama, NYFA Fellowship, the Columbia University John Jay Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement, National Black Theatre’s August Wilson Playwriting Award, and the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award. She is a proud member of the Ron Brown Scholar Program and the Coca-Cola Scholar Program. 

Creative

Dede Ayite (Costume Designer) is a two-time Tony award nominated costume designer working in theater, opera and film. Her most recent Broadway credits include Topdog UnderdogOhio State Murders, American Buffalo, How I Learned to Drive, A Soldier’s Play, Slave Play, Chicken & Biscuits, American Son, and Children of a Lesser God. Her select Off-Broadway credits include Merry Wives (The Public Theater); Seven Deadly Sins (Tectonic); Secret Life of Bees, Marie and Rosetta, (Atlantic); By The Way, Meet Vera Stark (Signature); Nollywood Dreams, BLKS, School Girls… (MCC); Bella: An American Tall Tale (Playwrights Horizons); Toni Stone (Roundabout). Regionally, Ayite’s work has appeared at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Steppenwolf, Arena Stage and more.  She has worked in television with Netflix, Comedy Central, and FOX Shortcoms. Ayite earned her MFA at the Yale School of Drama and has received a TDF/Kitty Leech Young Master Award, Obie, Drama Desk, Henry Hewes, Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, Theatre Bay Area, and Jeff Awards.   

Dede Ayite
Dede Ayite
Costume Designer

Dede Ayite (Costume Designer) is a two-time Tony award nominated costume designer working in theater, opera and film. Her most recent Broadway credits include Topdog UnderdogOhio State Murders, American Buffalo, How I Learned to Drive, A Soldier’s Play, Slave Play, Chicken & Biscuits, American Son, and Children of a Lesser God. Her select Off-Broadway credits include Merry Wives (The Public Theater); Seven Deadly Sins (Tectonic); Secret Life of Bees, Marie and Rosetta, (Atlantic); By The Way, Meet Vera Stark (Signature); Nollywood Dreams, BLKS, School Girls… (MCC); Bella: An American Tall Tale (Playwrights Horizons); Toni Stone (Roundabout). Regionally, Ayite’s work has appeared at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Steppenwolf, Arena Stage and more.  She has worked in television with Netflix, Comedy Central, and FOX Shortcoms. Ayite earned her MFA at the Yale School of Drama and has received a TDF/Kitty Leech Young Master Award, Obie, Drama Desk, Henry Hewes, Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, Theatre Bay Area, and Jeff Awards.   

Michael Carnahan (Set Designer) Recent – Broadway: Skeleton Crew (Tony nomination), Lackawanna Blues, Off-Broadway: The Hot Wing King (Signature Theatre, Pulitzer Prize for Drama), Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company), I and You (59E59), The Happiest Song Plays Last (Second Stage), The Piano Lesson, The First Breeze of Summer (Signature Theatre). International: Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Billy Elliot the Musical: Atelier de Cultura, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Tours: CheersLive On Stage, A Christmas Story The Musical. Regional: Apollo Theater, Arena Stage, American Conservatory Theater, The Kennedy Center, The Mark Taper Forum, The Geffen Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Baltimore Center Stage, Cleveland Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Pasadena Playhouse, Two River Theater. michaelcarnahandesign.com IG: Carnypics Twitter: @mike_carnahan 

Michael Carnahan
Michael Carnahan
Set Designer

Michael Carnahan (Set Designer) Recent – Broadway: Skeleton Crew (Tony nomination), Lackawanna Blues, Off-Broadway: The Hot Wing King (Signature Theatre, Pulitzer Prize for Drama), Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company), I and You (59E59), The Happiest Song Plays Last (Second Stage), The Piano Lesson, The First Breeze of Summer (Signature Theatre). International: Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Billy Elliot the Musical: Atelier de Cultura, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Tours: CheersLive On Stage, A Christmas Story The Musical. Regional: Apollo Theater, Arena Stage, American Conservatory Theater, The Kennedy Center, The Mark Taper Forum, The Geffen Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Baltimore Center Stage, Cleveland Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Pasadena Playhouse, Two River Theater. michaelcarnahandesign.com IG: Carnypics Twitter: @mike_carnahan 

Rocio Mendez (Fight and Intimacy Director) [they/she] Member of Unkle Dave’s Fight-House and proud New Yorker committed to building confidence in brown and black girls through storytelling. Credits include: Broadway: POTUS, or behind every great dumbass is seven women trying to keep him alive, AIN’T NO MO. The Metropolitan Opera: Fire Shut Up In My Bones, Eurydice, Rigoletto, Rodelinda, Lucia. New York/Regional Theater: The Bandaged Place (Roundabout),Your Own Personal Exegesis (LCT3), Merry Wives, Romeo y Julieta (Public Theater), On Sugarland (NYTW), This Bitter Earth (TheaterWorks), Black No More (The New Group), Vietgone, The Royale (Geva Theater Center), The Wolves (Actors Theater of Louisville), Secret Life of Bees (Atlantic Theater Company). Rocio is also an award-winning actor. www.rociomendez.com 

Rocio Mendez
Rocio Mendez
Fight and Intimacy Director

Rocio Mendez (Fight and Intimacy Director) [they/she] Member of Unkle Dave’s Fight-House and proud New Yorker committed to building confidence in brown and black girls through storytelling. Credits include: Broadway: POTUS, or behind every great dumbass is seven women trying to keep him alive, AIN’T NO MO. The Metropolitan Opera: Fire Shut Up In My Bones, Eurydice, Rigoletto, Rodelinda, Lucia. New York/Regional Theater: The Bandaged Place (Roundabout),Your Own Personal Exegesis (LCT3), Merry Wives, Romeo y Julieta (Public Theater), On Sugarland (NYTW), This Bitter Earth (TheaterWorks), Black No More (The New Group), Vietgone, The Royale (Geva Theater Center), The Wolves (Actors Theater of Louisville), Secret Life of Bees (Atlantic Theater Company). Rocio is also an award-winning actor. www.rociomendez.com 

Connor Wang (Sound Designer) [he/him] is an Asian American theatre artist originally from Des Moines, Iowa. Recent credits include Kim’s Convenience (Theatre Squared), Disney Princess The Concert (US tour), and the world premier of How to Dance in Ohio (Syracuse Stage). Associate/Assistant designs include Hamilton (US touring companies), Hadestown (Broadway, Korea, US Tour), and Tina: The Tina Turner Musical (US tour). Connor holds a BFA in Sound Design from The Theatre School at DePaul University. 

Connor Wang
Connor Wang
Sound Designer

Connor Wang (Sound Designer) [he/him] is an Asian American theatre artist originally from Des Moines, Iowa. Recent credits include Kim’s Convenience (Theatre Squared), Disney Princess The Concert (US tour), and the world premier of How to Dance in Ohio (Syracuse Stage). Associate/Assistant designs include Hamilton (US touring companies), Hadestown (Broadway, Korea, US Tour), and Tina: The Tina Turner Musical (US tour). Connor holds a BFA in Sound Design from The Theatre School at DePaul University. 

Mike Wood (Lighting Designer) An accomplished designer, educator, and technician, Mike’s work has been seen on countless stages, screens, and in classrooms throughout the United States. Mike has served on the design and technology facilities of Marymount Manhattan College, The Collegiate School NYC, Hillsborough Community College, and Howard W. Blake School of the Arts. MFA: University of Memphis; BA: University of South Florida. He currently works as the Director of Production and Resident Lighting Designer at City Springs Theatre in Atlanta, GA. Mike is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local USA829. www.mikewoodld.com // @mikewoodld 

Mike Wood
Mike Wood
Lighting Designer

Mike Wood (Lighting Designer) An accomplished designer, educator, and technician, Mike’s work has been seen on countless stages, screens, and in classrooms throughout the United States. Mike has served on the design and technology facilities of Marymount Manhattan College, The Collegiate School NYC, Hillsborough Community College, and Howard W. Blake School of the Arts. MFA: University of Memphis; BA: University of South Florida. He currently works as the Director of Production and Resident Lighting Designer at City Springs Theatre in Atlanta, GA. Mike is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local USA829. www.mikewoodld.com // @mikewoodld 

Understudies

Jontavious Johnson (u/s Big Charles, Cordell) [he/him] is beyond excited to be back at Alliance Theatre! Some of his favorite theatre credits include: Rover in The Incredible Book Eating Boy (Alliance Theatre), Buddy Bolden in Jelly's Last Jam (National Black Theatre Festival 2019), and Ace in Hoodoo Love (Spelman College). Jontavious is an Atlanta native, starting with the Youth Ensemble of Atlanta and later receiving his Bachelors of Arts from Morehouse College where he studied Theatre and Performance. TV and Film credits include: “Big Door Prize” (Apple TV), “Modern Love” (Amazon Prime), “Outer Banks” (Netflix), National Champion$(2021), and “P-Valley” (STARZ). He thanks his friends and family for their continuous support! To God be the glory! 

Jontavious Johnson
Jontavious Johnson
Big Charles, Cordell

Jontavious Johnson (u/s Big Charles, Cordell) [he/him] is beyond excited to be back at Alliance Theatre! Some of his favorite theatre credits include: Rover in The Incredible Book Eating Boy (Alliance Theatre), Buddy Bolden in Jelly's Last Jam (National Black Theatre Festival 2019), and Ace in Hoodoo Love (Spelman College). Jontavious is an Atlanta native, starting with the Youth Ensemble of Atlanta and later receiving his Bachelors of Arts from Morehouse College where he studied Theatre and Performance. TV and Film credits include: “Big Door Prize” (Apple TV), “Modern Love” (Amazon Prime), “Outer Banks” (Netflix), National Champion$(2021), and “P-Valley” (STARZ). He thanks his friends and family for their continuous support! To God be the glory! 

VonDerrick Taylor (u/s EJ) is a soulful poet who has known rivers ancient as the world and older than the sound of Jazz in the soul of his city, New Orleans… A Boston University Alumni with a BFA in Acting and a Minor in Arts Leadership, who also trained at London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, and Southern Rep Theatre. He is a humble spirit who strives to give a voice to the voiceless through storytelling, listening, learning the world, and bringing joy and peace in every room he is blessed to step in. A participant in the Race Prison Justice Arts Project, VonDerrick works towards shining light on stories from exonerated human beings who have had their voice’s forcefully taken away from them. Every day he works towards bringing Umoja, the Black Belt Way, through every door and the passion of life in every conversation. A family man full of faith and a new resident in the Atlanta area, VonDerrick is blessed to be a part of the Alliance Theatre Family and help change the world we live in for the better one day at a time, one brick at a time, one bridge at time. One Love! 

VonDerrick Taylor
VonDerrick Taylor
EJ

VonDerrick Taylor (u/s EJ) is a soulful poet who has known rivers ancient as the world and older than the sound of Jazz in the soul of his city, New Orleans… A Boston University Alumni with a BFA in Acting and a Minor in Arts Leadership, who also trained at London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, and Southern Rep Theatre. He is a humble spirit who strives to give a voice to the voiceless through storytelling, listening, learning the world, and bringing joy and peace in every room he is blessed to step in. A participant in the Race Prison Justice Arts Project, VonDerrick works towards shining light on stories from exonerated human beings who have had their voice’s forcefully taken away from them. Every day he works towards bringing Umoja, the Black Belt Way, through every door and the passion of life in every conversation. A family man full of faith and a new resident in the Atlanta area, VonDerrick is blessed to be a part of the Alliance Theatre Family and help change the world we live in for the better one day at a time, one brick at a time, one bridge at time. One Love! 

Barry Westmoreland
Barry Westmoreland
Isom
Markell Williams
Markell Williams
Dwayne, TJ

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