Michael Potts

Actor
The Prom, The Iceman Cometh, Jitney
Participates in 1 Session
Michael Potts is an accomplished actor of stage and screen who most recently received critical praise for his role as “Joe Mott” alongside Denzel Washington in the Tony® nominated Eugene O’Neill revival The Iceman Cometh. For his role in Iceman, Potts received the distinguished “Richard Seff Award,” which is presented to veteran actors for their performances in supporting roles both on and off Broadway. Additionally, Michael was recently appointed as the 2018 Denzel Washington Endowed Chair in Theatre for Fordham University.

In 2017, he starred as the notorious gossip “Turnbo” in the Tony® award winning production of August Wilson’s Jitney, under Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s direction. Additionally, that same year, Potts appeared alongside Olivia Wilde and Tom Sturridge in the stage adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece 1984.

Potts is widely recognized for his role as the well-mannered yet feared assassin, “Brother Mouzone” on HBO’s critically acclaimed series “The Wire” alongside Idris Elba and Dominic West and as “Detective Maynard Gilbough” in the Emmy® Award winning HBO drama “True Detective,” opposite Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. On the stage, he is known for originating the role of “Mafala Hatimbi” in the Tony® award winning musical The Book Of Mormon. In 2015, he starred in the HBO six-hour miniseries, “Show Me a Hero,” co-created by David Simon (“The Wire”) and directed by Oscar winner Paul Haggis. Recurring television roles also include CBS’ “Madam Secretary” and FOX’s “Gotham.”

As a graduate the Yale School of Drama, Potts’ extensive theater background has afforded him several performances on New York’s theater stages. Roles in Rent, The Tempest, Twelfth Night and Richard III garnered him the Falstaff Award for best ‘Male Supporting Performance’ and The Village Voice’s Obie Award for his portrayal in the off-Broadway production of The American Play. Potts originated the role of “Brooks, Sr.” in the Tony® Award winning play Grey Gardens and additionally the role of “Paul Pierce” in Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures at the Guthrie Theatre. In the regions, Michael has starred in Oedipus, Highway Ulysses, Romeo and Juliet, The Hostage, The Rivals and was in the original Broadway company of Lennon.

Additionally, he has held recurring roles on multiple primetime television shows such as, “Bored to Death”, “Damages”, “Nurse Jackie”, “Flight of The Conchords”, “Oz” and “Law & Order”. In film, he has held his own alongside Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts in CONSPIRACY THEORY and in THE PEACEMAKER with George Clooney and Nicole Kidman.

He is an active supporter and contributor of the 52nd Street Project, dedicated to the creation and production of new plays for, and often by, kids between the ages of 9-18 that reside in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in New York City. The organization achieves this goal through a series of unique mentoring programs that match kids with professional theater artists. Potts was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Wisacky, South Carolina. He now resides in New York City.

Sessions in which Michael Potts participates

Friday January 11, 2019

5:30 PM
5:30 PM