Clarke’s theatre credits include The Iceman Cometh (Theatre World Award for Outstanding Newcomer) and Chicago (Broadway); Guys & Dolls and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (National Theatre); Porgy and Bess, The Iceman Cometh, Chicago, Driving Miss Daisy (nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actor) Blues in the Night and King (West End).
Clarke wrote Five Guys Named Moe, which won the Olivier Award for Best Entertainment and the BASE Awards for Best Actor and Best Musical and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Book. It ran for over four years in the West End and on Broadway. He also co-wrote (with Larrington Walker) the tribute musical to Nat King Cole – Unforgettable.
Clarke appeared with Dominic West in the hit show “The Wire” (HBO), playing Detective Lester Freamon. Other television credits include “Treme” and “The Corner” (HBO); “Jonathan Creek” and “Holby City” (BBC) and “Damages” (FX).
Clarke’s film credits include BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN, ENDGAME, MARLEY AND ME, K-PAX, NOTTING HILL and MONA LISA.
Actor and humanitarian Nate Parker first received critical attention for his starring role in The Weinstein Company’s THE GREAT DEBATERS opposite Denzel Washington (who also directed the film) and Forest Whitaker. Denzel handpicked him to play the troubled yet brilliant, ‘Henry Lowe,’ who overcomes his selfish ways and becomes the team’s leader. Nate received an honorary Doctorate from Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, the school on which the true story THE GREAT DEBATERS was based.
Nate recently finished shooting the lead role in 20th Century Fox’s RED TAILS, in which he is supported by Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding, Jr. It tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, who were the first African-American military aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps and were some of the finest pilots in World War II. George Lucas funded, produced and co-directed this Fox feature, which is scheduled for a wide release in January 2012.
Nate also starred opposite Alicia Keys in THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES, which featured an all-star cast of Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Dakota Fanning and Paul Bettany. Additionally, Nate has been seen in PRIDE alongside Terrence Howard, DIRTY opposite Cuba Gooding Jr. and FELON with Stephen Dorff and Sam Shepard. On stage, Nate appeared opposite Dustin Hoffman, Annette Benning, Rosario Dawson and James Cromwell in American Voices at the Broad Street Theater.
Nate will next be seen starring in the independent film ARBITRAGE opposite Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon and Tim Roth, as well as the Spike Lee directed RED HOOK SUMMER. Both of these films have recently been granted world premieres at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.
He mentors twenty-four children from schools in central Los Angeles and spearheads projects and events with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. He sponsors a Peace for Kids scholarship fund and volunteers in their after school program.
Born Jules Taylor Brown, in Brooklyn, NY on October 21, 1997. Jules grew up surrounded by the arts and made the decision to become an actor after he performed in his 6th grade production of Mystery on 13th Street. Jules continued to act in his school productions and hone his acting skills through his middle school’s theater arts program. The hard work paid off when Jules was discovered by Spike Lee in 8th grade for the role of the Atlanta boy in the upcoming film Red Hook Summer.
Jules is an avid skateboarder, amateur photographer and lives in New York with his family.
Spike Lee alumnus Thomas Jefferson Byrd has been called many things in Lees landmark film Get On The Bus .."That remarkable actor". David Denby New York Magazine in Lees Thriller Clockers "that beady eyed killer" also David Denby New York Magazine, For his stage work on Broadway in the Iconic August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom "a singular pleasure" Robert Isherwood Variety Magazine,also for his Broadway debut with Whoopie Goldberg Mr, Byrd is called "tony Nominated Actor"in Lee's controversial Bamboozled he is called Hunnycut! In Emmy Award winning Lackawanna Blues he's called "numb finger pete"and in the Academy Award winning "Ray"Byrd along with cast mates were nominated for Best Ensemble by the. Screen Actors Guild, but by whatever name Thomas Jefferson Byrd is called he's sure to give you a performance to remember.
James Ransone is a New York based character actor who is best known for his roles on HBO's "The Wire" and "Generation Kill". Along with many other film and TV credits, RED HOOK SUMMER will be his third project with Spike Lee, including the hugely successful INSIDE MAN. He is currently working on the Alan Hughes neo noir BROKEN CITY alongside Mark Wahlberg, and can next be seen in Scott Derricksons SINISTER with Ethan Hawke and Vincent D'nofrio.
Born in Atlanta, GA, De’Adre Aziza is very blessed to appear in her
third Spike Lee Joint as Colleen Royale. Other joints include Miracle
at St. Anna, and Passing Strange, a Broadway show that Spike Lee
filmed for which Aziza was nominated for a Tony Award and an Audelco
award, and won an Obie Award and Theater World Award. Theater:
Broadway-Passing Strange (Edwina, Mariana, Sudabey), Women On The
Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown (Paulina), Off Broadway-The Radio City
Christmas Spectacular(Tracy), Piece Of My Heart (Candy). Film & TV:
Passing Strange, Miracle at St. Anna, Law & Order:SVU, Ugly Americans,
Sex & the City. Aziza is also a jazz singer who has performed at
several historic venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and The
Hollywood Bowl with Grammy award winners such as Jessye Norman, The
Roots, Roy Ayers, Jennifer Holliday, and Nnenna Freelon. Aziza trained
at NYU: Tisch School of the Arts and The Harlem School of the Arts.
2011 Tony Award Nominee for Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for the “The Scottsboro Boys.” The recipient of an OBIE, Lucille Lortel, and GLAAD Award among others. He has been nominated for The Drama Desk, Drama League, Audelco and Fred Astaire Awards. Colman has starred in the Tony Award winning Broadway musicals,“Passing Strange” that was also filmed by Spike Lee and “Chicago” as slick lawyer Billy Flynn.
He will be seen next in supporting roles in 4 films that are slated for release in 2012 that include,"Red Hook Summer" directed by Spike Lee, “Office Seekers“ directed by Steven Spielberg, “Hairbrained” and “Culling Hens.” His additional film work include, “Miracle at St. Ana” directed by Spike Lee, “True Crime” directed by Clint Eastwood, “Freedomland” directed by Joe Roth, “Around The Fire,” and “King of the Bingo Game” among others. He adds many television guest star and recurring roles to his portfolio.
Mr. Domingo is an emerging playwright that authored the multiple award winning solo play “A Boy and His Soul." He was recently an artistic fellow with the Sundance Theater Lab, New York Theater Workshop, The Public Theater and Theatreworks where he developed his new play “Wild with Happy” that will premiere at The Public Theater in the fall of 2012 and have subsequent productions at Theatreworks in California and The Tricycle Theater in London. He is currently starring in the revival of Athol Fugard's masterwork “Blood Knot” directed by Athol Fugard himself, Off Broadway at the Signature Theater. He makes New York City his home.
Kimberly Hébert-Gregory, who has been hailed for her fine stage performances by publications including the New York Times and Backstage, stars in Red Hook Summer, written by the Spike Lee, premiering January 22, 2012 at Sundance Film Festival. Hébert-Gregory portrays the role of ‘Sister Sweet’ in this breakthrough film written by one of the most celebrated filmmakers working in contemporary American Cinema. Kimberly Hébert-Gregory appeared in the ’11 Spring debut of Pulitzer Prize Winner, Lynn Nottage’s, ‘By the Way, Meet Vera Stark’ at Second Stage Theatre in New York, where her performance received glowing reviews in NY Times and other publications. She played the roles of Lottie and Carmen Levy-Green opposite Sanaa Lathan (NAACP Image Award) and Karen Olivo (Tony Winner).
Among Hébert-Gregory’s television and film credits are roles on I Think I Love My Wife, Gossip Girl, New Amsterdam and The Black Donnellys. Hébert-Gregory’s work in theater includes the thrill of playing the role of ‘Shenzi’ in the national tour of Disney’s monumental spectacle, The Lion King. Nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for ‘Actress in a Supporting Role in a Play’ for Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery at the Chicago Theatre Company, Hébert-Gregory has had the pleasure of performing on some of the country’s greatest regional stages. Amen Corner at the Goodman Theatre, Nickel and Dimed at the Steppenwolf Theatre, Waiting to be Invited at the Victory Gardens Theater, and Julius Caesar at Chicago Shakespeare Theater are some of the many productions in which she has appeared.
A proud Alumnae of The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) in Houston, Hébert-Gregory has walked the same halls as some of the entertainment industry’s greatest talents, most notably Beyonce Knowles and Chandra Wilson. Hébert-Gregory studied and trained in classical theater in London and received a BA in Psychology from Mount Holyoke College and has her Masters in Clinical Social Work from The University of Chicago.
Heather Alicia Simms is overjoyed to make her Sundance Film Festival debut in Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer. Her past credits include Broadway: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, A Raisin In The Sun, and Gem of the Ocean. Off-Broadway: born bad (Soho Rep),The Brother/Sister Plays(The Public),The Exonerated (National Tour), Insurrection: Holding History(The Public), and Breath, Boom(Playwright’s Horizons). Her regional credits include productions at The McCarter, The Kennedy Center, The O’Neill, The Denver Center, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Stamford TheatreWorks, and NY Stage and Film. Television: The Good Wife, Life Support, Law and Order, Law and Order:CI, Whoopi, Third Watch, Homicide: Life on the Street. Film: The Nanny Diaries, Broken Flowers, You Belong To Me, Head of State, Kings County, NY's Dirty Laundry and Stream with Whoopi Goldberg. Heather is also an accomplished voice-over artist and winner of a 2006 Audie Award for the audiobook Upstate. Heather received her BA from Tufts University in History and English, as well as her MFA from Columbia University. Heather is the recipient of a Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship through Theater Communications Group.
Toni Marie Lysaith was born on January 17, 1997 in Brooklyn, NY. Toni
caught the acting bug at the age of nine when she landed her first role as
Langston Hughes's mother in an elementary school performance about the poet.
While attending middle school at the Ronald Edmonds Learning Center, Toni
was enrolled as a theater arts major and studied a diversity of skills
including improvisational technique. She was cast in two roles, Dorothy and
Glenda, in the school's production of The Wicked Witch of Oz. During her 8th
grade year, Toni was discovered by Spike Lee for the role of Chaz
Morningstar in the upcoming film Red Hook Summer.
Toni's hobbies include cooking, film, dancing, playing music, and going to the theater. Her dreams are to make it to the Broadway stage someday, and to become a young entrepreneur.Toni currently resides in Baltimore with her family.
With his unique voice, virtuosic piano chops and dapper sense of style,
Jonathan Batiste transcends music genres and has ignited the NYC music
scene. Raised among the sounds and rhythms of New Orleans, Batiste comes
from a renowned lineage of performers. He studied jazz and classical piano
at the world renowned Juilliard School, is a "Movado
Future Legend" award recipient, and a "...Steinway Performing Artist."
At 25, he has performed in over 40 countries, playing everywhere from Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to The Kennedy Center and Concertgebouw. With his modern take on American music, and clever use of the harmonaboard, Batiste has collaborated with musicians from across the spectrum - Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Buffett, Harry Connick Jr., Roy Hargrove, Cassandra Wilson, Mark O'Connor and Asher Roth among them.
The Wall Street Journal has said of Jonathan, he is "already a master of modern jazz as well as the great New Orleans party piano playboys like Professor Longhair, James Booker and Doctor John." His own records include "Times in New Orleans," "Live In New York: At The Rubin Museum Of Art," as well as EPs "The Amazing Jon Batiste EP," "In The Night EP," and his most recent critically acclaimed album "MY N.Y." His next, highly anticipated album is due out this spring.
A television and film regular, Jonathan has also been featured on the HBO series "Treme," BET and soon in Spike Lee's "Red Hook Summer."
Jonathan Batiste is the founder and leader of The Stay Human Band, a modern jazz ensemble noted for their world-class music, high energy and uplifting spirit - which they take to concert halls as well as subways.
Dedicated to igniting the next generation of musicians, in his position as co-director and music curator at The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, Batiste has programmed year-long educational workshops for hundreds of students.
As a traveling ambassador for "Music Unites," the NY based non-profit organization founded by Michelle Edgar, he works to bring music education to kids with an ear and passion for music, but not necessarily the resources.
As an international educator and humanitarian, Batiste has conducted clinics and master classes worldwide - teaching kids from Holland to Harlem how to use music to make the world a better place.
Spike Lee is a Producer, Writer, Educator and Filmmaker. For over a decade he has been a professor of film at his alma mater New York University Graduate Film School, where he is also the Artistic Director. His newest Joint RED HOOK SUMMER is another chapter in his ongoing CHRONICLES OF BROOKLYN - She's Gotta Have It -1986, Do the Right Thing -1989, Crooklyn -1994, Clockers - 1995 and He Got Game - 1997..
Red Hook Summer 2012
If God is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise (DOC) 2010
Kobe Doin' Work (Doc) 2009
Passing Strange 2009
Miracle at St. Anna 2008
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (DOC) 2006
Inside Man 2006
Sucker Free City 2004
She Hate Me 2004
Jim Brown All-American (DOC) 2002
25th Hour 2002
The Original Kings of Comedy 2000
Summer of Sam 1999
He Got Game 1998
4 Little Girls (DOC) 1997
Get on the Bus 1996
Girl 6 1996
Malcolm X 1992
Jungle Fever 1991
Mo' Better Blues 1990
Do the Right Thing 1989
School Daze 1988
She's Gotta Have It 1986
James McBride is an award-winning writer, composer, saxophonist and screenwriter. His memoir, “The Color of Water” (Riverhead), is an American literary classic and a staple in school curricula nationwide. It rested on the New York Times bestseller list for more than two years, sold more than 2.2 million copies to date, and is translated into more than 16 languages. His novel, “Miracle at St. Anna” (Riverhead 2003), is a 2008 Touchstone Disney film for which James wrote the script, directed by American film icon Spike Lee. His novel “Song Yet Sung,” (2009 Riverhead) was the “One Book, One Maryland,” choice of 2010, and is called “searingly, soaringly beautiful” by the Baltimore Sun. His latest novel, about American revolutionary figure John Brown, will be released by Riverhead in 2013.
James is a former staff writer for The Wilmington (Del.) News Journal, the Boston Globe, People Magazine, and the Washington Post (Style Section). His work has appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Essence, and National Geographic. He is the recipient of the 1997 Anisfield Wolf Book Award. He also holds several awards for his work as a musical theater composer including The American Arts and Letters Richard Rodgers Award, The ASCAP Richard Rodgers Horizons Award, and The American Music Theater Festival’s Stephen Sondheim Award. He has written songs (music and lyrics) for Anita Baker, Grover Washington, Jr., Gary Burton, Silver Burdett Music Textbooks, and for the PBS television character "Barney.” He served as a saxophonist sideman with jazz legend Little Jimmy Scott. James was born and raised in New York City and attended New York City public schools. He studied at The Oberlin Conservatory of Music and holds a masters in journalism from Columbia University. He holds several honorary doctorates and is currently a Distinguished Writer-In-Residence at New York University.
Judith Hill is an American soul artist with a unique look and sound that stands out in today’s marketplace. Born into a musical family, Judith was surrounded by music since the day she could hear her dad thump his funk bass and her mom storm classical pieces in the living room. With a Japanese and African American descent, she experienced a wealth of cultural and musical influences including traditional Japanese folk songs, funk and Motown, jazz, gospel, and classical. She gleaned from the greats including Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Leonard Bernstein, and Frederic Chopin. Her passion further blossomed in college when she went on to study composition and orchestration at Biola University. During her college and post college years, Judith worked on several movie projects including Happy Feet 2, Dreamgirls, and the Lorax. She also performed and recorded with several artists including Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, Leon Russell, Patti Labelle, Smokey Robinson, Babyface, Brian McKnight, Josh Groban, Kirk Franklin, Lionel Richie, Usher, and Michelle Polnareff. In 2009, Judith was chosen to go on tour with the late king of pop, Michael Jackson. However, his tragic and unexpected death took her on a radically different journey. At his memorial service, Judith closed the ceremony with her rendition of “Heal The World”. This received global recognition as over one billion people viewed it. Later on that year, Judith’s duet with Michael was seen in the rehearsal footage from the movie, “This Is It”.
Carrying on his message of healing, Judith continued her journey as a humanitarian, working with children and people in poor communities, as well as teaching and inspiring youth. In 2011, she was asked to be the first artist to sing for the International Women of Courage Awards ceremony hosted by Hillary Clinton and special guest, Michelle Obama. In 2011, she also joined Avon on a tour to inspire women in major cities around the world including Istanbul, Birmingham, Mexico City, Warsaw, Shanghai, New Delhi, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, and Johannesburg.
Judith is currently working on her first debut album, which will be released very soon. She is touring her band and performing new material from her highly anticipated record. With an edge of high fashion, and an innovative blend of funky beats and nostalgic melodies, Judith is steadily becoming a groundbreaking influence in pop culture.
By any standard, Bruce Hornsby has built one of the most diverse, collaborative and adventurous careers in contemporary music. Drawing from a vast wellspring of American musical traditions, the singer/pianist/composer/bandleader has created a large and accomplished body of work that has employed a vast array of stylistic approaches, while maintaining the integrity, virtuosity and artistic curiosity that have been hallmarks of his work from the start. The 13-time Grammy nominee’s commercial stock soared early on, when “The Way It Is” – the title track of Bruce Hornsby and the Range’s 1986 debut album – became the most-played song on American radio in 1987, winning ASCAP’s Song of the Year award. “The Way It Is” and such hits as “Mandolin Rain” and “Every Little Kiss” established Hornsby as a popular pop act, while subsequent high-profile work with the likes of Don Henley, Willie Nelson, Charlie Haden and Bonnie Raitt made him an in-demand collaborator. For all his talents as a singer, bandleader and pianist with an instantly identifiable sound, Hornsby is a songwriter at heart who is committed to portraying his songs in new ways that allow them to evolve and expand. This approach was further developed by his time with The Grateful Dead, playing over one hundred shows with the band between 1990 and 1995. Hornsby found in the Dead’s vibrant tradition of loosely blending folk, blues and improvisation a kindred spirit. Over the years, Hornsby has successfully ventured into jazz, classical, bluegrass and even electronica, as reflected by such acclaimed recent releases as the bluegrass project Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby (2007) and the jazz trio album Camp Meeting (2007), with Jack deJohnette and Christian McBride. The prestigious list of Hornsby collaborators now includes such diverse figures as Ornette Coleman, Bob Dylan, Bela Fleck, Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, Branford Marsalis, Pat Metheny, Robbie Robertson, Leon Russell, Chaka Khan, Wayne Shorter, Squeeze, Tupac Shakur, Eric Clapton and Sting. A University of Miami alum, Hornsby has also partnered with The Frost School of Music to establish the Creative American Music Program, a curriculum designed to develop the creative skills of talented young artist/songwriters by immersing them in the diverse traditions that form the foundation of modern American songwriting.
In July of 2006, Bruce Hornsby released a four CD/DVD box set titled
Intersections (1985-2005). Typical of the artist’s freewheeling
approach to his own music, which involves ensuring that even his
most-heard pop songs don’t become frozen-in-time “museum pieces,” a
full third of the music was previously unreleased and most of the
familiar tracks were presented as unreleased live versions. The set
also featured “Song H,” a new composition that was nominated for a
Best Pop Instrumental Grammy award in 2007.
Intersections is definitive in many ways, yet only tells part of the
Virginia native’s incredible musical story. His three Grammy wins
typify the diversity of his first decade of recording: Best New Artist
as leader of Bruce Hornsby and the Range, Best Bluegrass Recording for
a version of “The Valley Road” that appeared on the Nitty Gritty Dirt
Band’s Will The Circle Be Unbroken Volume Two, and a shared award with
Branford Marsalis in 1993 for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for
“Barcelona Mona,” a song for the 1992 Olympic Games.
The sales stats and breadth of his superstar collaborations (including
being sampled many times by rap/hip-hop artists) speak volumes about
Hornsby’s unique fusion of mainstream appeal and wild musical
diversity. His albums have sold over 11 million copies worldwide.
Harbor Lights was the 1994 winner of the Downbeat Reader’s Poll Beyond
Album of the Year (meaning all music other than Jazz and Blues). Tupac
Shakur “co-wrote” a new song over “The Way It Is” music with Bruce,
using new words, called “Changes”; it was a major worldwide hit,
selling 14 million copies.
He has played on over 100 records over the years, including albums by Bob Dylan, Don Henley, the Grateful Dead, Bob Seger, Crosby Stills and Nash, Stevie Nicks, Cowboy Junkies, Squeeze, Liquid Jesus, Bonnie Raitt (piano on the classic “I Can’t Make You Love Me”), Shawn Colvin, Bela Fleck, Clint Black, Ricky Skaggs, Randy Scruggs, Willie Nelson, and end-title songs for two other Spike Lee movies, Clockers (1995) (with Chaka Khan), and Bamboozled (2001). Throughout the years, Hornsby has participated in several memorable events: the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opening concert in September 1995 (featured on the Sony 2 CD set), Farm Aid IV and VI, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, New Orleans Heritage and Jazz Festival, Woodstock II (1994), Woodstock III (1999) (featured on the Epic 2 CD set). An avid sports fan, Hornsby, solo and with Branford Marsalis has performed the National Anthem for many major events including the NBA All-Star game, four NBA finals, the 1997 World Series Game 5, the night Cal Ripken broke Lou Gehrig’s all-time consecutive game streak, and the Ken Burns Baseball soundtrack.
Indeed, Bruce Hornsby’s restless musical spirit continues to spontaneously push him forward into exciting new musical pursuits. He’s currently working on a prospective Broadway musical titled SCKBSTD. He’s composed and recorded several projects for filmmaker Spike Lee, most recently writing and recording the score for Kobe Doin’ Work, Lee’s 2009 ESPN documentary on Kobe Bryant. Hornsby is also featured onscreen in the recent Robin Williams/Bobcat Goldthwaite film World’s Greatest Dad (2009). That film features lots of Hornsby music, including the Levitate track “Invisible.”
2011 brought the release of Bride Of The Noisemakers - an ambitious 25 track, double CD chronicling 2007-2009 live performances of some of the singer/songwriter and pianist’s handpicked songs of the past 20 years. The songs are recorded live capturing the playful, freewheeling spirit and unique chemistry of his longtime band The Noisemakers.
Such projects are consistent with the same lifelong pursuit of musical transcendence. “To me,” says Hornsby, “it’s always just been about broadening my reach and moving into new areas. So it’s a fantastic situation to be able to do that, and to continue to pursue a wide-ranging musical life.”
Hye Mee Na and her family immigrated to America from South Korea when she
was fifteen. She has a background in Anthropology, Psychology, Visual Arts
and Neurobiology. For seven years, she worked in a Parkinson’s disease
research institute and co-authored numerous scientific articles before she
left the research field in order to pursue her dream in Film Production.
After her film “Sunday Brunch” became an official selection for the Three
Rivers Film Festival, 2007 and “Mom and Tom” won her the First Works Grant,
2008, she enrolled in the prestigious MFA program at New York University in
Fall 2008. She is interested in exploring the issues relating to formation
of one’s identity and how the sense of one’s identity influences the way
people interact with the perceived “others” in films. Besides directing her
own films, she is interested in collaborating with other filmmakers as an
editor. She became an adjunct instructor at MFA program at New York
University in Fall 2011.