“It’s this close relationship with Shakespeare’s language that makes the creative criticism of American Moor so powerful, and its rich, composite form so promising for the future of Shakespeare performance.”

Michael Plunkett
Slant Magazine

Keith Hamilton Cobb


Keith Hamilton Cobb
Keith Hamilton Cobb (Writer/Performer) is an actor drawn mostly to the stage in his working life, but is also recognized for several unique character portrayals he has created for television.

He is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in acting.  His regional theatre credits include such venues as The Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Shakespeare Theatre of Washington DC, and the Denver Theatre Center, performing such classical roles as Laertes in “Hamlet,” Tybalt in “Romeo and Juliet,” Tullus Aufidius in “Coriolanus,” Oberon in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” as well as roles in such contemporary dramas as David Mamet’s “Race,” August Wilson’s “Jitney,” and Lynn Nottage’s “Ruined.”

He created the role of Noah Keefer for the ABC daytime drama, All My Children, for which he garnered a Daytime Emmy Award nomination; the role of Tyr Anasazi for Gene Rodenberry’s Andromeda; the role of Damon Porter for the CBS daytime drama, The Young and the Restless; and the role of Quincy Abrams for the Logo Network series, Noah’s Arc.


Kim Weild


Kim Weild - American Moor director
Kim Weild (Director) is a Drama Desk Award nominee and recipient of the 2018 NYIT Award for Outstanding Performance Art Production for the world premiere of NY Times Critic’s Pick Soot and Spit Weild’s work has been seen at: Shakespeare’s Globe Theater London, Lincoln Center Theater, Carnegie Hall, Teatro alla Scala, The New York Theater Workshop, Cherry Lane Theatre, Samuel Beckett Theater, Goodspeed Musicals, ArtsEmerson, Primary Stages, New York Live Arts, City Theatre (Pittsburgh), The Mark Taper Forum, Williamstown Theater Festival, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and Boston Center for the Arts among others. In 2018 she directed Charles Mee’s First Love at Cherry Lane Theatre  starring Academy Award nominee, Michael O’Keefe and Angelina Firodellisi. Associate Director Broadway: Deuce, Is He Dead, Blithe Spirit. Writer:Dusty – London’s West End and the children’s book: How the I Becomes The We. Fellowships/residencies include: Park Avenue Armory, Williamstown Foeller Fellow, Kennedy Center,  , Shubert Fellowship, Archive Residency Two commissions for The High Line. WP Theater alumna. Founding Artistic Director, Our Voices. Head of Directing, John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University. Member SDC.

Josh Tyson


Josh Tyson
Josh Tyson (Performer) has been involved in the development of American Moor since 2015 including its debut at The Globe Theatre of London’s First Annual Shakespeare & Race Festival, Washington DC’s Anacostia Playhouse, ArtsEmerson at Boston’s Paramount Center, and most recently its successful off-Broadway run at the historic Cherry Lane Theatre in New York in conjunction with Red Bull Theater. Other credits include off-BroadwayModotti (The Acorn @ Theatre Row), Three Sisters (Classical Theatre of Harlem). off-off-BroadwayWolves (59E59 Theatre), An Octopus Love Story (Center Stage), The Blue Martini (The Lion @ Theatre Row) Conference Room A (The Red Room). He is also a long time player with New York’s Phoenix Theatre Ensemble where favorite roles include Judas in Judas, Tartuffe in Tartuffe, Adolph in Creditors, Orestes in Electra, Achilles in Iphigenia at Aulis, Napoleon in The Man of Destiny and Haemon in Antigone. Film/Television: No Retreat (Nominated Best Feature Austin Film Fest and available on Amazon Prime), Laura Gets A Cat (Available on Amazon Prime), The First Day (Available on Amazon Prime), Stoop SaleWhalesAlabaster, and Law & Order (NBC).

Design Team

Wilson Chin

Set Design

Wilson Chin - set designer
Wilson Chin (Set Designer) has earned acclaim for his designs of new plays, including Next Fall (Broadway), the Pulitzer Prize-winning Cost of Living (Manhattan Theatre Club and Williamstown Theatre Festival), Pass Over (Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Lincoln Center Theater), Wild Goose Dreams (La Jolla Playhouse and The Public Theater), The Thanksgiving Play (Playwrights Horizons), Teenage Dick (Ma-Yi Theater Company and The Public Theater), Aubergine (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Lewiston (Long Wharf Theatre), My Mañana Comes (The Playwrights Realm), Mothers and Sons (Bucks County Playhouse), Tiger Style! (Huntington Theatre and Alliance Theatre) and The Great Leap (Seattle Repertory Theatre). Opera designs include Lucia di Lammermoor (Lyric Opera of Chicago) and Eine Florentinische Tragodie/Gianni Schicchi (Canadian Opera Company, Dora Award winner). Mr. Chin recently designed Spike Lee’s film Pass Over.

Alan C. Edwards

Lighting Design

Alan C. Edwards - lighting designer
Alan C. Edwards (Lighting Designer) Off Broadway: Harry Clarke (The Vineyard), for which he received the Lucille Lortel Award; Kill Move Paradise (National Black Theatre,

Drama Desk Award nominee). Regional: Lights Out: Nat King Cole (People’s Light, Geffen); Dutchman, Antigone, Macbeth, The Tempest (Classical Theatre of Harlem); Twisted Melodies (Centerstage Baltimore); Henry IV Part 2, Fingersmith (OSF); Stagger Lee (Dallas Theater Center); We Are Proud to Present (The Guthrie); Man of La Mancha (Westport Playhouse); Sweeney Todd (Connecticut Rep); Jeremy McQueen’s Madiba (The Kennedy Center). Broadway: The Testament of Mary (Assoc. to Jennifer Tipton). His work has been seen at The Guthrie, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theater Center, Center Stage Baltimore, Asolo Rep, Yale Rep, Cleveland Play House, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Miami New Drama, Berkshire Theatre Group, Chautauqua Theater Company, People’s Light, Madison Opera, Mill City Opera and the Kennedy Center. He received his MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

Christian Frederickson

Sound Design

Christian Frederickson
Christian Frederickson (Sound Designer) is a violist, composer and sound designer who specializes in live music performance for theatre and dance. He was a founding member and one of the

principal songwriters of the Louisville, KY-based instrumental band Rachel’s, who released six albums on Quarterstick Records between 1995 and 2003. As a solo artist, Frederickson has released five albums since 2011 and has played concerts of his own music in New York City, Seattle, Louisville, Nashville and Zilina, Slovakia. Since moving to New York in 2004, Frederickson has worked primarily in theatre and dance at a long list of theatres, notably the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Classic Stage Company, The Public Theater, The Baryshnikov Arts Center, La MaMa, Abingdon, Atlantic Stage 2, as well as regional theatres, primarily Actors Theatre of Louisville, where he has worked on 17 productions and is a regular designer at the Humana Festival of New American Plays. Frederickson was trained as a classical musician, and holds degrees from The Peabody Conservatory and The Juilliard School.

Dede Ayite

Costume Design

American Moor creative team
Dede Ayite (Costume Design) Broadway: Slave Play, American Son, Children of a Lesser God. Select Off-Broadway: By The Way, Meet Vera Stark, JHAT (Signature); Secret Life of Bees, FireFlies, Marie and Rosetta (Atlantic); The Rolling Stone; The Royale (Lincoln Center); BLKS, School Girls… (MCC); Slave Play (NYTW); Toni Stone; Ugly Lies the Bone (Roundabout); Sugar in Our Wounds (MTC); Bella: An American Tall Tale (Playwrights Horizons). Regionally: Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Steppenwolf; American Repertory Theater, Denver Center; California Shakespeare; La Jolla Playhouse; Berkeley Repertory; Baltimore Center Stage; Arena Stage; Cleveland Playhouse; Signature Theatre; McCarter Theatre, Hartford Stage. Television: Netflix, Comedy Central; FOX Shortcoms. Recipient of an Obie, Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, Theatre Bay Area, and Jeff Awards; four Drama Desk Nominations.
Instagram: @dedeayitedesign


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