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Be it directing for the stage or the screen, Kenny Leon is a living legend. He's even directed the stage for the screen, including "The Wiz Live" and "Hairspray Live" for NBC.

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Earlier this year, ArtsATL columnist Gail O'Neill launched a 12-part series recognizing the artists elevating our city's arts and culture landscape. It's called the Legacy Series, and the latest profile is of True Colors Theatre Company co-founder and artistic director Kenny Leon.

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City Lights: Irish Music; 'Exit Strategy'; And More

Mar 13, 2017
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City Lights: 'Exit Strategy'; Book Tours; And More

Feb 22, 2017
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“Exit Strategy” is the story of a Chicago public school on the brink of closure. A small group of teachers launch a last-minute battle to save their school, following an administrator who may not actually know what he’s doing. The show premiered in Chicago in 2014, and this week it is opening at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company.

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One Atlanta theater company is putting a Pulitzer winner on stage.

In 2001, "Proof," written by playwright by David Auburn, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as the Tony Award for Best Drama. A new production by Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company opens Tuesday at Southwest Fulton Arts Center. 

City Lights: Library Art; Anthony David; And More

Oct 24, 2016
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Sep 14, 2016
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The National Black Arts Festival holds quite a title, from its website: “it is the oldest multidisciplinary arts organization in the United States focused exclusively on the arts and on artists of African descent.”

The nonprofit organization is based here in Atlanta, but it draws people from across the country to participate in its expansive programming from visual arts to dance to the literary arts.

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Last week, local artists and arts leaders gathered at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center to welcome a distinguished guest: Jane Chu, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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In the mid-1960s, two very different cultural icons met.

Legendary boxer Cassius Clay (later to be known as Muhammad Ali) asked Hollywood actor Stepin Fetchit to give him some tips on boxer Jack Johnson's fighting style. Johnson had been Fetchit’s friend.

The encounter is the subject of Will Power’s play “Fetch Clay, Make Man,” which Eric J. Little will direct for the True Colors Theatre Company.

Anthony David performs at the Essence Festival at the Superdome on Friday, July 5, 2013, in New Orleans.
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Longtime Atlanta resident Anthony David is a singer-songwriter who has prided himself on pushing creative boundaries.

David, who was born in Savannah, has released five blues albums since 2004 and is best-known for his 2008 collaboration “Words” with R&B artist India Arie.

Now he’s moving into new territory on the musical stage, starring in “Chasin’ dem Blues,” which begins Wednesday and continues through Aug. 2 at the Southwest Arts Center.