Colman Domingo


Colman Domingo is the author of the produced works: Dot (Samuel French), Wild with Happy (Dramatists Play Service), A Boy and His Soul (Oberon Books) and Up Jumped Springtime. The artistic work of Mr. Domingo has been honored with an Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk and Drama League nomination. His work has won the OBIE, Lucille Lortel, GLAAD, Connecticut Critics Circle, Bay Area Theater Critics Circle and Internet Theater Bloggers Award. Colman has received fellowships and/or residencies from The Sundance Theater Lab, The People’s Light and Theater Company, and the Banff Playwrights Colony, The American Conservatory Theater, People’s Light and Theater Company and Inner Voices. His plays have been produced at The Public Theater, The Vineyard Theater, Theatreworks, Baltimore Centerstage, The Tricycle Theater (London), Brisbane Powerhouse/World Theater Festival (Australia), Theater Rhinoceros, Lincoln Center Director’s Lab/American Living Room Festival/HERE, Thick Description Theater Collective and The Actors Theater of Louisville.

He currently stars on AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead and recurs on the Cinemax original series The Knick as Dr. Russell Daniels and  guest starred on the FOX series Lucifer. Domingo co-starts in the Fox Searchlight film The Birth of A Nation directed by Nate Parker. Of note, Mr. Domingo starred in the Academy Award® nominated Paramount/Pathé film Selma directed by Ava DuVernay, as Reverend Ralph Abernathy.

Domingo starred in The London Evening Standard Award winning The Scottsboro Boys at the Young Vic in London a role which he originated on and Off Broadway and reprised on the West End. He co-starred in many films such as Lee Daniels’ The Butler directed by Lee Daniels, All is Bright directed by Phil Morrison and Newlyweeds directed by Shaka King. Colman is proud to have opened the Academy Award and Screen Actors Guild Ensemble Award nominated film Lincoln opposite Daniel Day Lewis as Private Harold Green, directed by Steven Spielberg and starred as Blessing Rowe in the critically polarizing Red Hook Summer directed by Spike Lee.

Mr. Domingo has starred in the first ever screen adaptation of a Ralph Ellison story for PBS, King of the Bingo Game. He has had supporting roles in films such as Freedomland directed by Joe Roth, True Crime directed by Clint Eastwood, and Miracle at St. Ana directed by Spike Lee.

Domingo followed in the footsteps of Zakes Mokae, James Earl Jones and Danny Glover and starred as Zachariah in the New York revival of Blood Knot written and directed by Athol Fugard as the inaugural production of the Signature Theater Center Off Broadway. Colman is well known for his star turns as Mr. Franklin and a German performance artist, Mr. Venus of Berlin, in the Tony and Drama Desk Award winning groundbreaking musical Passing Strange directed by Annie Dorsen on Broadway and documented on film by Spike Lee.

Colman made his British and Australian theatrical debuts (★★★★★ The Telegraph) with his self-penned solo play A Boy and His Soul at the Tricycle Theater and Brisbane Powerhouse Theaters, the production which originated at the New York City’s stalwart Vineyard Theater. He starred in his play Wild with Happy that had its debut at the Public Theater. His new play Dot premiered at the Humana Festival at Actors Theater of Louisville and will premiere Off Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre directed by Susan Stroman in February 2016.

As a director, Domingo recently staged the Off-Broadway Alliance Best Family Musical Award winning production of A Band of Angels and helmed August Wilson’s Seven Guitars for Actors Theater of Louisville in the fall of 2015. He also helmed the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway productions ofExit Cuckoo for The Working Theater and Single Black Female for the New Professional Theater.  He has directed for Berkeley Rep as well as Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. Colman has received residencies and/or commissions from ACT, People’s Light & Theatre Company, New York Theater Workshop, The Wallace Foundation, San Francisco Cash Fund, New Professional Theater and the March of Dimes.

Mr. Domingo is on the Board of the Directors of the Vineyard Theater in New York City. Colman is on faculty of The National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and has taught, guest lecturer and mentored at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Texas at Austin, the Savannah College of Art and Design, University of Wisconsin, Madison O.M.A.I., The New York Writers Institute as the Burian Lecture Fellow, University of Minnesota, Temple University, The Art Institute of San Francisco and Community College of Philadelphia.