Tony and Grammy Award winning actor, rapper, and producer Daveed Diggs, who won critical acclaim in the original cast of the Broadway musical HAMILTON for his dual roles of Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, is making a special live guest appearance at Theatre Horizon’s weekly live show, #PoppaPank. Diggs will appear alongside award-winning performers Jaylene Clark Owens and Justin Jain on Theatre Horizon’s Facebook Live on Wednesday, April 29 starting at 9PM EST. The digital show is free and open to the public. It can be streamed at http://facebook.com/theatrehorizon/.
In addition to his award-winning performance in HAMILTON, Diggs can be seen starring in TNT’s futuristic thriller series, “Snowpiercer,” opposite Jennifer Connelly. The series is based on the critically acclaimed movie by PARASITE director Bong Joon-ho and the graphic novel series of the same name. This summer, Diggs will star opposite Kristen Bell, Josh Gad and Stanley Tucci in Apple TV+’s new animated musical sitcom, “Central Park.” Diggs will also lend his voice to Disney Pixar’s SOUL, where he stars opposite Tina Fey and Jamie Foxx. He will take his award-winning roles of Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de Lafayette to the big screen in HAMILTON, which hits theaters October 15, 2021. His full bio is below.
#PoppaPank is part of Theatre Horizon’s Horizon at Home program. This Facebook Live show features Owens and Jain taking on everything, from their tips on surviving 2020 to recapping their new favorite Netflix show. #PoppaPank started in 2018, when Owens and Jain, both celebrated Philadelphia actors, started sharing their backstage shenanigans to their personal Instagram accounts. Through their interactions on social media, it became obvious that a friendship was blossoming…a foolish friendship! Theatre Horizon’s #PoppaPank show will feature the two best friends that you never knew you wanted, talk about the things you never knew you wanted to hear!
Theatre Horizon’s Horizon at Home program is a series of new virtual programming in light of the recent nationwide COVID-19 pandemic which has closed most theatres across the country. Theatre Horizon, based in the Philadelphia suburb of Norristown, Pennsylvania, is offering both educational and artistic videos available to patrons and community members via their YouTube channels. These videos will be free and open to the public via Theatre Horizon’s YouTube channels and on Facebook. Professional artists and teachers produce the videos, and are paid, ensuring that these individuals continue to have a stream of income during the closure of many theatre companies due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
#PoppaPink can be viewed on Theatre Horizon’s Facebook: http://facebook.com/theatrehorizon/
More information on Theatre Horizon can be found at theatrehorizon.org.
Bios: Tony and Grammy Award winning actor, rapper and producer Daveed Diggs is widely known for originating the dual roles of Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de Lafayette in the Broadway sensation, HAMILTON.
Diggs can next be seen starring in TNT’s futuristic thriller series, “Snowpiercer,” opposite Jennifer Connelly. The series is based on the critically acclaimed movie by PARASITE director Bong Joon-ho and the graphic novel series of the same name. Set more than seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, “Snowpiercer” centers on the remnants of humanity, who inhabit a gigantic, perpetually moving train that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival play out in this riveting television adaptation. The series premieres on May 17th, 2020 and is already picked up for a second season.
This summer, Diggs will star opposite Kristen Bell, Josh Gad and Stanley Tucci in Apple TV+’s new animated musical sitcom, “Central Park.” The show tells the story of a family of caretakers who live and work in Central Park. The caretakers end up saving the park and essentially the world. Diggs will also lend his voice to Disney Pixar’s SOUL, where he stars opposite Tina Fey and Jamie Foxx. The film follows a musician who has lost his passion for music and is transported out of his body. He is forced to find his way back with the help of an infant soul, who helps him rediscover himself.
Diggs recently wrapped production on the independent feature THE STARLING opposite Melissa McCarthy and Showtime’s “The Good Lord Bird” opposite Ethan Hawke. He will take his award-winning roles of Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de Lafayette to the big screen in HAMILTON, which hits theaters October 15th, 2021.
In 2019, Diggs starred opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in the Netflix thriller VELVET BUZZSAW and lent his voice to Netflix’s “Green Eggs and Ham,” Amazon’s “Undone” and Disney XD’s “Star Wars Resistance.”
In 2018, Diggs co-wrote, produced and starred in the critically acclaimed Lionsgate feature, BLINDSPOTTING, which Peter DeBruge at Variety called, “the most exciting cinematic take on contemporary race relations since DO THE RIGHT THING nearly 30 years ago.” In addition to receiving an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his performance, Eric Kohn of IndieWire deemed Diggs as “an instant movie star.” Following the film’s success, Diggs is co-writing and executive producing the television spinoff starring Jasmine Cephas Jones, currently in development at Starz.
In 2017, Diggs co-starred in the hit Lionsgate feature WONDER, opposite Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay, in a performance heralded as “irresistibly charming” and “deeply sympathetic.” He also voiced the character “Dos” in Fox’s animated feature, FERDINAND opposite Kate McKinnon.
On television, Diggs has lent his voice to Fox’s “Bob’s Burgers,” Apple’s “Edendale” and Netflix’s “Bojack Horseman.” Other television credits include ABC’s Emmy-nominated series “Blackish,” Netflix’s hit comedy “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” HBO’s TOUR DE PHARMACY, NBC’s “Law & Order” SVU,” and Netflix’s “The Get Down,” created by visionary director Baz Luhrmann. Diggs also executive produced ABC’s “The Mayor” and a variety of digital shorts for ESPN.
Diggs is a member of the West Coast-based experimental hip-hop trio, “clipping.” He has toured nationally and internationally, both as a solo artist and with “clipping,” playing venues such as the Sonar Festival in Barcelona; Off Festival in Krakow; ATP Iceland in Keflavic; and Brooklyn’s AfroPunk Fest. One of the hip-hop trio’s songs, THE DEEP, was turned, into a book from Simon & Schuster and was named one of NPR’s best books of 2019. Special engagement bookings include the Red Bull Music Academy and Moog Electronics. The group was also nominated for a Hugo Award for their sophomore album, Splendor & Misery, and Simon and Schuster recently released a novel based on their acclaimed single “The Deep.”
Jaylene Clark Owens, a Philly resident from Harlem, NY, has been featured in Theatre Horizon’s productions of WHITE and The Revolutionists. She is an AUDELCO and Barrymore Award winning actress, as well as a highly acclaimed poet. Owens is a member of The Wilma Theater’s resident acting company, HotHouse. Select theatre credits include: Passage (The Wilma Theater); An Octoroon (The Wilma Theater). As a spoken word poet, Jaylene has competed in the Apollo Theater Amateur Night competition, in which she won 1st place for her spoken word poem, “SoHa.” Her debut book of poetry, AfroPoetic, is now available on Amazon. She is an alum of the prestigious theatre-in-verse #BARS Workshop at the Public Theater, led by Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs. JayleneClarkOwens.com.
Justin Jain has been featured in Theatre Horizon’s production of WHITE. He is a Wilma Theater HotHouse member, previously appearing with the company in Dance Nation, There, Romeo and Juliet, Blood Wedding, and An Octoroon, among others. Recent stage credits include The Great Leap (InterAct), This is The Week That Is (1812 Productions), and Broccoli, Roosevelt, & Mr. House! (FringeArts) with his Barrymore nominated alt-comedy theatre company, The Berserker Residents (www.berserkerresidents.com). Additionally, Mr. Jain has performed Off-Broadway and with many regional theaters including: Arden Theatre Company, Lantern Theatre, Azuka, People’s Light, FringeArts, Shakespeare in Clark Park, McCarter Theatre, Passage Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, The Assembly in Edinburgh, ASU Gammage, and Ars Nova NYC, among others.