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The Green Room with Okieriete Onaodowan: Grammy Award-winning stage, film, and television actor, Broadway’s Original Cast of Hamilton.

Sun, February 28th, 2021
3:00 pm
- 4:00 pm

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Known for his acclaimed performances on Broadway, Onaodowan is best known to audiences for starring as ‘Hercules Mulligan’ and ‘James Madison’ in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s acclaimed Broadway production, “Hamilton”. The Tony Award-winning musical is an extravagant exploration of political mastermind Alexander Hamilton and his political confidants. The renowned production features music reflecting the diversity and character of modern America, with casting to follow suit. Since making his Broadway debut in 2012, Onaodowan has also starred in productions of both Cyrano de Bergerac and Rocky. He was most recently seen playing the lead of ‘Pierre’ in Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812. Directed by Rachel Chavkin and written by Dave Malloy, the production was a sung-through musical adaptation of a segment of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Oak can be seen in the Disney+ feature film “Hamilton”. Additionally, Onaodowan appears as ‘Ben’ in short film Anna & The Asteroid as well as ‘Cal’ in The Super, a film about a man who becomes the superintendent of a large New York City apartment building where people mysteriously go missing. He previously starred in Person to Person as ‘Lester,’ alongside Michael Cera and in Thanks for Sharing alongside Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow. Additionally, he has starred in short films The One You Marry and Ribbons. On the small screen, Onaodowan played ‘Afrika Bambaataa’ on Netflix’s “The Get Down.” The Baz Luhrmann series follows a ragtag group of teenagers run wild in the streets of the Bronx in the late 1970s. He has also starred in a recurring role on HBO’s “Ballers,” alongside Dwayne Johnson. Previous to this, Onaodowan played the role of Raneed on HBO’s hit series “Girls.” Other television credits include “Law & Order: SVU,” “NYC 22,” and “Gravity.” Oak appeared in the Netflix series Social Distance. He will next be seen this year in “A Quiet Place 2”, a sequel to the hit film directed by John Krasinski.

The series has been established by Omar Sangare,
Chair and Professor of Theatre. 

“The Green Room: a peaceful space for progressive minds” is as a weekly informal conversation moderated by Williams professors and students, “The Green Room” will offer an opportunity for Williams students and community members to critically engage with the arts industries in which they someday hope to work, and learn from important leaders in those industries. The goal of this program will be to offer advice and mentorship resources to socially-minded, artistically conscious Williams students, but also to serve as a platform through which students can participate in a dialogue with leaders in the arts.

We’re inviting a diverse group of leading performing artists to join us in conversation over the course of the academic year, and we would love for you to be among them. “The Green Room: a peaceful space for progressive minds” will consist of serially-produced one-hour “episodes” in which speakers will be introduced, be given the opportunity to make a statement on your vision and advice, and later have a chance to answer questions from students. These discussions will take place via Zoom (or another interactive platform). All are welcome!

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