Anthony J. Hamilton's Bio : The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

Anthony J. Hamilton

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Anthony is happy to return to the Civic as director of The Piano Lesson. He made his New York directorial debut with a production entitled Grandma's Quilt (Negro Ensemble Company) in 2020. After two previews -- and on its opening night -- that production, like every other, was closed by the Broadway League. Anthony returned to Kalamazoo as the pandemic shut down theatres all over the country. Since being back, he has served as a Guest Professor of Theatre at Western Michigan University. In addition to teaching, he directed and choreographed Into the Woods (2021) at WMU. He previously directed Once on this Island (2019) & The 1940s Radio Hour (2021) at the Civic. As a performer, audiences may remember him from our productions of Ragtime (Henson, 2007), Godspell (Anthony, 2010), Ain t Misbehavin (William "Slick Willie" Davis, Jr., 2011), and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Freddy, 2012). He received a BA from WMU and an MFA from Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training.

The Piano Lesson is an incredibly important play by one of America s greatest playwrights,
August Wilson. I have studied Wilson s plays for years, but more importantly, I have known the men and women he illustrates with his words. These characters represent my family, your family, and our collective family. Thank you Tony, Laura, Mike, and the entire Civic staff for making it a joy to work on this Pulitzer-Prize winning masterpiece.