Byron Stewart
Age: 53
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Stewart is an actor, cultural pioneer and diversity trainer.

Stewart is the lead strategist and program designer for Dramatic Diversity. Audiences have seen his work in many theaters, including Northlight, Black Ensemble, Pegasus, Court, Hartford Stage, and The Goodman. He received a Jeff Citation ( Lead Actor ) for Slow Dance On The Killing Ground at Touchstone Theatre.

Stewart has been awarded a Black Theatre Alliance Award and an After Dark Award ( Outstanding Performance ) for his performance in the one-man show, Conversation With A Diva, produced by A Real Read and the Bailiwick.

As Artistic Director and founder of A Real Read, Chicago's African American LGBT performance ensemble, he has directed and performed in most of the ensemble's local performances and national tours. Stewart's poetry and prose have been published in BLACKlines, Venus, Kick, Malebox, and other periodicals.

Stewart premiered his own one-man show, Manchild and Other Fierce Pieces, at San Francisco's Josie's Cabaret and Juice Joint. As Artistic Director of School Street Movement, a school-based HIV prevention performance troupe, he directed, and designed curriculum for all touring shows including the "Sex Police," a hip hop dance play. He also created a program of children and adult acting classes at Joel Hall Dance Center.

Stewart co-starred in the feature film How U Like Me Now, and is featured in and did casting for the award-winning made-for-television pilots, Kevin's Room I , II and III, produced by Chicago Department of Public Health and Black Cat.

Stewart has served on the board of the Gerber/Hart library of Chicago. He served on the board of Directors for the Chicago Gay Games 2006 where he chaired the Diversity Committee. Stewart received his BFA degree from Howard University in Washington D.C.

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