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Digital Residency: Wendell Pierce

Actor Wendell Pierce will explore social justice, anti-racism and the Black canon of performance work.

Among the most ambitious of Pierce’s projects will be the production, filming, and release of a digital presentation of the recent American play Some Old Black Man by James Anthony Tyler, which explores race in America through the lens of interpersonal and intergenerational relationships.

Residency Support

Lead Presenting Sponsors


Tim and Sally Petersen

Supporting Sponsors
Julia Darlow and John O’Meara
Anne and Paul Glendon

Patron Sponsors
Stephen and Rosamund Forrest
Beverley and Gerson Geltner
Susan and Richard Gutow
James and Nancy Stanley

Funded in part by
UMS Sustaining Directors

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

About the Artist

Wendell Pierce is a television and film actor who grew up in New Orleans before attending The Juilliard School for drama. He has appeared in over 30 films and 50 television shows, as well as dozens of stage productions. As a television actor, he became known for his roles as Bunk Moreland in The Wire and trombonist Antoine Batiste in Treme, as well as portraying James Greer in Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. He had roles in the films Malcolm X, Selma, and Ray. In 2019 performed the lead role of Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman on London’s West End, a role for which he received a nomination for the Olivier Award for Best Actor. Pierce will make his UMS debut with this residency.

“For me, the role of Art is to ignite the public discourse. Art is where we come together as a community to confront who we are as a society, to decide what our values are, and then to act on them.”

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Upcoming Events

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Filming of Some Old Black Men will soon be in production, and will premiere digitally in late 2020. Sign up for updates to UMS digital presentations to be notified of an official release date.

 

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Meet the full Digital Artist Residency cohort:

Wendell Pierce | Tarek Yamani & Spektral Quartet | Tunde Olaniran | Cleo Parker Robinson | Brian Lobel & Friends | Joyce DiDonato

 
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