About the Artist

Lee Summers, an Actor/Director/Librettist/Lyricist/Composer & Educator, is presently Adjunct Faculty at NYU’s Steinhardt, 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.’

2022 directing credits include Ella, First Lady of Song; Hair: The American Tribal Rock-Love Musical; Bayard Rustin: The Musical along with serving as a guest director at Berklee College. Other directing credits include Accappella the Musical and Harriet Tubman, for the NYMF Festival. Summers, a graduate of the NYU/Tisch’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program has several musicals in development and some available for licensing – they include The Funkentine Rapture; Off-Broadway’s From My Hometown (12 regional productions); Ella, First Lady of Song (5 regional productions); The Bayard Rustin Project (2018 Lincoln Center concert) and Pangaea: The Musical, (2018 Marymount College Production) and others.

Summers’ performance credits include making 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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