Full Name
Colman Domingo
Job Title
Host of Bottomless Brunch at Colman's, Actor in Fear the Walking Dead, Director and Playwright
Speaker Bio
A Newport Beach Film Festival’s Artist of Distinction award recipient, Colman Domingo is a Tony®, Independent Spirit, Gotham, Lawrence Olivier, Drama Desk, Drama League, NAACP Image and Black Reel Award nominated, HCA TV, Imagen, OBIE and Lucille Lortel Award winning actor, playwright and director. He will be joining the faculty of USC School of Dramatic Arts in the fall of 2021.
Domingo recently wrapped production for Higher Ground’s “Rustin” in which he will be playing the titular character. The biopic centers on influential civil rights and gay rights activist Bayard Rustin. This marks Domingo’s first lead role.
Domingo has begun production on Warner Bros.’ “The Color Purple.” He will be playing “Mister,” opposite Taraji P. Henson, Fantasia Taylor, Danielle Brooks, Halle Bailey, Corey Hawkins, and H.E.R. The film is being produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones and Scott Sanders.
In June 2021, he was seen in A24’s “Zola” with Taylour Paige and Riley Keough. He received a Black Reel Award, and Independent Spirit and Gotham Awards nominations for his role as “X.” He also starred in “The God Committee” opposite Julia Stiles and Kelsey Grammar in July 2021, and Universal’s remake Candyman opposite Yahya Abdul Mateen II in August 2021. Domingo was also recently seen in “Without Remorse” with Michael B. Jordan. In December of 2020, he was seen alongside Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman in the Netflix film adaption of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom produced by Denzel Washington. He has been nominated for Independent Spirit and won an NAACP Image Awards for this role.
On the small screen, Domingo can currently be seen in the new season of AMC’s “Fear The Walking Dead” as Victor Strand. He has also created 3 seasons of “Bottomless Brunch at Colman’s” AMC.COM. Last December, he returned to HBO’s “Euphoria” for a “Special Christmas” episode, which earned him a HCA TV Award. In 2018, Domingo was a recipient of The Best Drama Actor from The 2018 Independent Television Festival presented by the Television Academy® in “Nothingman” directed by Eli Kooris and Joshua Shaffer and is also a recipient of the Sundance Feature Film Program Grant. Additional credits include: “The Twilight Zone” (2020), “The Knick and Lucifer.” He has voiced characters in “America Dad” and “BoJack Horseman.”
His film credits include: Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk, Assassination Nation, First Match, Lucy in the Sky, Selma as Reverend Ralph Abernathy, Lee Daniels' The Butler, Lincoln directed by Steven Spielberg, three films directed by Spike Lee, including Miracle At St. Ana, Red Hook Summer and Passing Strange, Freedomland directed by Joe Roth, True Crime directed by Clint Eastwood, and The Birth of a Nation.
On Stage, Domingo starred in The Scottsboro Boys, winning The London Evening Standard Award at the Young Vic. He 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.
In 2020, The Vineyard and Domingo presented the first “The Colman Domingo Award”. This award will be presented annually to a multifaceted Black male or male-identifying theatre artist to provide support and resources to develop new work. The Vineyard and Domingo select the recipients, who receive a cash stipend, workshops, developmental opportunities, access to writing and studio space, mentorship, and the ongoing support of the company.
Domingo has starred in the first ever screen adaptation of a Ralph Ellison story for PBS, King of the Bingo Game. His hit Broadway musical Summer: The Donna Summer Musical was honored with two Tony® Award nominations as well as Drama Desk and Drama League which kicked off its National Tour in Fall of 2019. Domingo and nationally acclaimed theatre-maker Patricia McGregor co-authored the critically acclaimed, sold out, and Barrymore Award for Excellence in Theater nominated production of Lights Out: Nat "King" Cole musical that had its world premiere at People's Light Theatre in October 2017, and premiered on the West Coast at the Geffen Playhouse in February 2019, starring Dulé Hill.
As a 20-year veteran theatre director, Domingo recently helmed the critically acclaimed IRNE award nominated (Best Direction of a Play) Huntington Theatre's world premiere of A Guide For The Homesick by Ken Urban in fall of 2017. Domingo also staged Claire Kiechel's Pilgrims for the Lark. His NAACP award nominated (Best Direction) and StageSceneLA celebrated (Outstanding Comedy Direction and Outstanding Production of a play) production of Barbecue closed to sold out houses at the Geffen Playhouse. Colman helmed the Off-Broadway Alliance Best Family Musical Award-winning production of A Band of Angels and staged August Wilson’s Seven Guitars for Actors Theater of Louisville. He also helmed the Off-Broadway productions of Exit 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 The Geffen Playhouse, American Conservatory Theater, People's Light & Theatre Company, New York Theater Workshop, Scott Rudin Productions, Jeffrey Sellar, The Wallace Foundation, San Francisco Cash Fund, New Professional Theater and the March of Dimes.
Colman Domingo