Gideon Manassey’s New York City: The City of New York Celebrates, Woodie King, Jr.’s Induction into The American Theatre Hall of Fame!

Photo: L/R-M.L. Waddy, Councilwoman Helen Foster (presented Proclamation to Mr. King), Woodie King, Jr.

Woodie King, Jr. is the founder and producer and director of New Federal Theatre in New York City. Mr. King is a scholar and the author of several books and he has extensive credits for works in film as well as theatre. In 1985, Woddie King Jr. was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for Appear and Show Cause and in the 1987/88 season he won a NAACP Image Award for directing Checkmates by Ron Milner at the Inner City Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA. In 1987, he directed Charles Dutton in Splendid Mummer at American Place theatre. In 1988, he directed Checkmates again on Broadway and in 1990, God’s Trombones at Ford Theatre and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at the Detroit Rep.

Photo: L/R-Kayla King (granddaughter Woodie King, Jr.), Woodie King, Jr., Tina King (Woodie King, Jr., daughter- in- law)

In 1991, Mr. King directed, A Raisin in the Sun and in 1992, he directed The Member of the Wedding, both at GeVa. He directed Good Black Don’t Crack and Love & Marriage& New York City at Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn. He produced and directed Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil for which he won an AUDELCO Awards as Best Director and Best Play of the Year in 1993.

Photo: L/R-Cliff Frazier, Crystal Johna (CBS News Dir. Development Diversity), Dr. Roscoe Brown, Randall Pinkston (CBS News Correspondent)

Woodie directed Checkmates at St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre. In 1994, he directed An The World Laughs With You at Crossroads Theatre, and A Raisin in the Sun, starring Esther Rolle and Kenny Leon, at The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta.

In 1995/96 season Mr. King directed Eyes, based in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God by Mari Evans at the American Cabaret Theatre in Indianapolis, and Checkmates at the New Federal Theatre and at Bermuda International Festival. In the 1996/97 season, he directed, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and Sam-Art Williams’ Home at Brooklyn College. Mr. King received an Obie Award for Sustained Achievement. In 1998/99 season, he directed ALI at the Crossroads Theatre and “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches” at Ohio State University and Jomandi Theatre in Atlanta. He directed The Piano Lesson at Tennessee Repertory Theatre in Nashville and recently at Seminole College in Sanford, FL.

Photo: L/R-Woodie King, Jr., Susan Taylor with husband Khephra Burns

Woodie king, Jr. earned an MFA at Brooklyn College in directing. He has been a graduate student for continuing studies at the Will-O-Way School of Theatre in Bloomfield Hills; Michigan; Lehman College, New York. Mr. King has served as a visiting professor at Oberlin College; Florida State University, and Ohio State University in addition to directing at these universities. Woodie King Jr. has also taught at Yale University, Penn State, North Carolina AT&T, Columbia University, NYU, Hunter, and Brooklyn College School of Contemporary Studies.

Photo: L/R-Tisa Chang (Pan Asia Repertory), Count Stovall, Aimee, Bea Soong

Mr. King is a recipient of an Obie Award for Sustained Achievement and an Honorary Doctorate from John jay College and Lehman College and a Doctorate of Fine Arts from College of Wooster. This is why in January, 2012, Woodie King, Jr. was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame and celebrations continue at all levels in New York City.

Photo: L/R-(Reception Board Members), Valerie Graves, Jackie Jeffries, Cliff Frazier, Dr. Glory Van Scott, Woodie King, Jr., Dr. Gloria Ellis, Norma Jean Darden


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