A plea to the next American actors
Keith Hamilton Cobb is the award-winning, tour-de-force behind the play American Moor, which takes audiences behind-the-scenes and into the audition room as an African-American actor responds to the demands of a white director presuming to better understand Shakespeare’s iconic Black character, Othello.
In this session Keith will take an essential look at how theatre can make all people fully visible and embraced. Exploring not an actor’s needs, but what America needs from its actors.
The moderator will choose a few questions to be answered during this session.
Keith Hamilton Cobb is a BFA graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is most widely recognized for the roles he has created for television, among those Noah Keefer for ABC’s All My Children, the galactic mercenary, Tyr Anasazi, for Gene Rodenberry’s Andromeda, Damon Porter for The Young and the Restless on CBS, and Quincy Abrahms for Noah’s Arc on the LOGO Network. He has appeared on regional stages country-wide, including The Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Shakespeare Theatre, and The Denver Theatre Center, performing both classical and contemporary roles. His career-long interest in Shakespeare has seen him cast as Laertes, Tybalt, Tullus Aufidius, Theseus, Oberon, Julius Caesar and other staples of the Poet’s canon. Ultimately his fraught relationship with The Bard, as well as with American racial politics and the theater industry, gave birth to his play, American Moor (published by Methuen Drama), which ran off-Broadway at Cherry Lane Theatre in the fall of 2019. It is the recipient of an AUDELCO Award, an Elliot Norton Award, two IRNE Awards, and is part of the permanent collection of the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Link to book: www.bloomsbury.com/american-moor
Link to website: www.bloomsbury.com/academic/drama-and-performance-studies