I am very excited about our upcoming special event, "Livication & The Star of Ethiopia...an Evening with Clayton LeBouef" Mr. LeBouef a consummate actor, artist, writer, director, activist and friend has a long and celebrated career.
As a veteran African and Blackfoot American actor, born in Yonkers, New York, Clayton quickly established a reputation in the DC area, as a versatile actor/theatre artist. In 1987, he wrote, directed and produced "Tied Apart: A Story of Students, Singers and South Africa." The production, noted in the Aetna Calendar of African American History (1992), was recognized by the African National Congress, other anti-apartheid groups and theater professionals, such as Zelda Finchandler, who invited Clayton to join the Arena Stage Acting Company. Since then, Clayton has performed on stage at: The Kennedy Center, Ford's Theater, Sanctuary Theater, Source Theater, Shakespeare Theater @ The Folger, The People's Light & Theater Pittsburgh Public Theater, Woodie King's New Federal Theater and Baltimore's Center Stage.
Clayton made his television debut portraying Emperor Haile Selassie in the 1987 WMAR/Baltimore Arena Players' production of The Eagle and the Lion" written by Bill Quinn. However, today he is best known for his recurring role Captain George Barnfather in the award winning NBC series, Homicide: Life on the Street He appeared in several episodes during each of the show's seven seasons on the air, from 1993 to 1999 and reprised his role in Homicide: The Movie, the epilogue in 2000.
Also in 2000, Clayton appeared in the HBO award-winning miniseries, The Corner. In 2002 he played "Wendell 'Orlando' Blocker" in seven episodes of HBO's multi-episodic series, The Wire. He appeared as Harold Thomas the brother of the main character, Vivien Thomas, played by Mos Def, in the 2004 HBO movie Something the Lord Made. From 2003 to 2005 he appeared in three episodes of Law and Order: Criminal Intent, two as the character Dectitive Edmunds. His portrayal of barbershop owner Tom Taylor in the short film The Doll won him Best Actor honors at the San Diego Black Film Festival.
Clayton has directed performances at the Women's Museum of the Arts, the TriBeca Film Center, the Historic Lincoln Theater and for the 2012 Intersections Festival. His other written works include: Teach Hard, RS/24, Whirlwind, and Shero: The Livication of Henrietta Vinton Davis, a 2008 honorable mention recipient at the 25th Annual Larry Neal Writers' Competition in Washington, DC.
Most recently, Clayton appeared in the HBO mini-series Show Me a Hero (2014) as well as performing spoken-word pieces locally under his ancestral name: Cowealtha.
At this special event, I will have the honor to interview Clayton and talk about his career and the future of Black Theater and film. Please click the flyer below to purchase your tickets so that you may be a part of this informative, entertaining and enlightening event.
Cheryl Lewis Hawkins
Founder, President and CEO