Antonio David Lyons

A multi-disciplinary artist whose storytelling often fuses poetry, music and embodied movement. An Applied Theatre Practitioner who manages to maintain a thriving career as a professional artist in tandem with his activist and scholarly pursuits. 

He has been a Fulbright Awardee, an Oregon Shakespeare Festival Producing Fellow and a Scholar in Residence at University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). He is the creator of “We Are Here”, a social activism campaign birthed in South Africa that utilizes discoursive play to engage men and boys in themes of identity, Masculinity, relationships, gender based violence and HIV/AIDS.  We Are Here has implemented programs and toured in South Africa, Namibia and the USA. Writings about We Are Here, appear in Performance and Politics in Africa;University of Michigan Press. 

Some of his producing credits include: Community Producer, La Comedia of Errors (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Beautiful Struggle (US Consulate Commission/Market Theatre, Johannesburg); Back2Back Thursdays; We Are Here (premier/ Joburg Theatre) **this poetry based solo show became a multi-person play produced in collaboration with TX Theatre at the Soweto Theatre; Culturefest (Oregon Shakespeare Festival)

Some of his Film/television credits include: Sherman’s Showcase, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, Star Trek:Picard, Seal Team, Bosch, Person of Interest, The Book of Negroes, Avenger, Generation Kill, False Prophets, Hotel Rwanda, Masked and Anonymous, American History X, The Sum of All Fears, New York Undercover, The District, The Agency, 24, The Practice, Philly and Karen Sisco, In South Africa: Generations, Jacob’s Cross, Fourplay: Sex Tips For Girls, Scandal, Ubizo: The Calling, Jozi-H, Night Drive and Home Affairs. 

He’s released numerous poetry infused music projects which include: Human Jewels (album), We Dance We Pray (album and remix EP) and My Africa (album and remix EP).

He is currently manifesting several projects: Recipes, Remedies and Rumors (Producer), Crossing Rivers (an immersive theatrical experience/ writer), Women on the Hill (TV series/ creator-writer), Almost A Dancer (Film Project/writer) and Breathe (Short Film/writer-actor) and his first collection of poetry, Two Sides/SameCoin.

He also serves on the board of the Valerie J. Maynard Foundation.