Lee Edward Colston II, is a Philly native, former prison guard turned actor, playwright, director, acting teacher, & author. Selected acting credits include: The Color Purple (Nat’l tour), Seven Guitars, Hoodoo Love, In Arabia We’d All Be Kings, Hadestown (New York Theater Workshop), The Sign In Sydney Brustein’s Window, The Winter’s Tale, Uncle Vanya, Merchant of Venice, Othello, Avenue X, and Sweat (The Public Theater, reading), Intimate Apparel (Shakespeare & Company). Television credits include: The Black List: Redemption (NBC), Mr. Robot (USA). Playwriting: plays include Roost, Solitary, The First Deep Breath, & Alvin’s Will. His play ‘SOLITARY’ was winner of the 2008 Philadelphia Theater Workshop. His play ‘ROOST’ won the 2010 Life Media Award in the Philadelphia Urban Theater Festival & the 2013 Hidden River Arts Award for best new play. He is a playwriting fellow as apart of The National Black Theatre’s 2017-2018 ‘I AM SOUL’ fellowship. His play The First Deep Breath was selected for the 2018 Victory Gardens IGNITION Festival of new American plays. BFA: University of the Arts / MFA: The Juilliard School. As a teaching artist & coach he trains actors (and writers) in both one-on-one and classroom settings with a special focus on classical training and preparing actors for the industry and/or undergrad & grad school audition preparation. Current and former clients can be seen on Broadway, Film & Television, as well as represented at Juilliard, NYU Grad, Yale School of Drama, LAMDA, Brown, University of Washington, DePaul, Rutgers, UCSD, PACE, and many others.
Lee Edward Colston II