Director

NEXT:

Dior Ashley Brown Presents

My Vessel - A hip hopera

 

Written and Performed by Dior Ashley Brown
Friday, October 20, 2017
7pm
Joe's Movement Emporium

Through song, poetry, spoken word, hip-hop, theater and live instrumentation, Dior Ashley Brown and The dAb Band create a tribute to women past and present.

RECENTLY:

Disgraced

by Ayad Akhtar

September 9-October 1, 2017

NextStop Theatre

Featuring Jesse Bhamrah, Jenna Rossman, Jordan Friend, Chaela Phillips, and Nahm Darr

 

"...[Thembi Duncan] also makes the ordinary conversational lead-up to these moments of intensity extraordinary by finding small signals from the playwright (like mentioning the name of an antagonistic boss or the location of an indiscretion) and ensuring they affect the characters and conversations. These moments aren’t pointed to in Akhtar’s script, but Duncan has sussed them out with excellent instincts and thorough analysis. Pencil in a provisional Helen Hayes nomination for her if you’re the kind of theater-goer who makes such predictions." -Alan Katz, DC Theatre Scene

Photos: Traci J. Brooks / Lock & Company

Yellowman

by Dael Orlandersmith

July 16 - August 14, 2016

Anacostia Playhouse

Featuring Stori Ayers and Justus Hammond

LISTEN to my interview with Kojo Nnamdi on WAMU about directing Yellowman and using the arts to address colorism in the black community.

"In the hands of director Thembi Duncan and her talented cast of two, Anacostia Playhouse’s production is an energetic and powerful must-see." Amy Lyons, Washington City Paper

"Director Thembi Duncan really got this play. She just got it, everything about it. And she cast it and shaped it with enormous empathy and purpose." John Stoltenberg, DC Metro Theatre Arts

Photos: Michael Dubois

Br'er Cotton

by Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm

February 13-20, 2016

Catholic University of America

Featuring Kevin Berry, Kevin Boudreau, Regina Childs, Ime Essien, Tendo Nsubuga, Danielle Scott, and Addison Switzer

 

Everyone in Ruffrino’s life is content to live in the shadows of paradise, but he is young, gifted, and militant and can no longer stand to have heaven’s gate just beyond his reach. He’s out to save the world, wake up the zombies, and prove by any means necessary that Black Lives Matter.

Photos: DJ Corey Photography

Selected Staged Readings

Top Girls

by Caryl Churchill

October 31, 2016

Everyman Theatre Salon Series

Featuring Beth Hylton, Susan Rome, Tuyet Thi Pham, Emily Kester, Lilian Oben, and Jade Wheeler

Camp Logan

by Celeste Bedford Walker

August 30, 2014

Kennedy Center Page To Stage Theatre Festival

Featuring JaBen Early, Jeremy Hunter, Vaughn Irving, Manu Kumasi, Jason McIntosh, Vaughn Ryan Midder, and Daron P. Stewart.

 

A'nat Dittni

by Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm
April 17, 2014
Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
Featuring Deidra LaWan Starnes and Randall Shephard

 

Mon Chaton

by Thembi Duncan

2013 Kennedy Center American Page to Stage Theatre Festival

Featuring Patricia Dugueye, Audra Polk, Tricia Homer, Carolyn Agan, Justin Fair, and Matthew Sparacino

Bud, Not Buddy

by Christopher Paul Curtis
Adaptation by Reginald André Jackson
Produced by Adventure Theatre-MTC
2012

Featuring Dionne Audain, Ayesis Clay, Keith Irby, Joshua Nelson, Addison Switzer, Nick Vaughn, and Tara Yates-Reeves.

 

For bookings

Call (202) 642-1792 or email me directly at thembiduncan@gmail.com.