Fast Facts

  • His father, originally from Sierra Leone, was a party DJ in Atlanta.
  • Ran track in high school.
  • Turned down a scholarship to Juilliard.
  • Was a member of the Christian rap group Four More Disciples.
  • Starred in the musical Fela!, first off-Broadway in 2008 (winning an Obie Award for his performance), then transferring to Broadway in 2009.
  • Performs a rigorous workout before theater performances.

Awards

  • 2010, Tony — Actor (Musical): Nominee

Relationships

  • Ayesha Ngaujah — Wife

College

  • DasArts, de Theaterschool, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (MA)