About the Artist


Lee Summers, Actor/Director/Librettist/Lyricist/Composer & Educator, presently serves as Acting Adjunct Faculty at The Steinhardt School’s Department of Music & Performing Arts Professions at New York University. Summers won the 2018 AUDELCO Award for ‘Best Director of a Musical’ for On Kentucky Avenue, for which he was also nominated as ‘Best Supporting Actor.’ Directing credits include A Cappella the Musical and Harriet Tubman, for the NYMF Festival. Summers is slated to direct Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun in 2022 for the Grand Theatre in Salt Lake City, Utah. Musical’s created by Summers include, The Funkentine Rapture, slated for a 2022 opening at City College’s Aaron Davis Hall; Off-Broadway’s From My Hometown (12 regional productions); Ella, First Lady of Song (4 regional productions, slated for Madison Theatre in 2022); The Bayard Rustin Project (2018 Lincoln Center concert) and Pangaea: The Musical, (2018 Marymount College Production). Acting credits include his Broadway debut in the original Dreamgirls and reprising his role in and on the Dreamgirls 20th Anniversary Concert/ CD. Summers has appeared at Carnegie Hall and in numerous TV and film roles, which include ”Blue Bloods,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “Malcolm X.” Summers is an alum of Tennessee State University; BA from SUNY ESC; MFA from NYU/Tisch. Member: AEA, SAG/AFTRA, SDC, DGA.

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